The world’s first floating home is now in Dubai

The Floating Seahorse features a glass-walled underwater bedroom to match the glass-bottomed jacuzzi.

Meryl D'Souza April 17, 2016

One year after the project was officially launched at the Dubai International Boat Show, we've got a glimpse of the first 'Floating Seahorse' drifting off the coast of Dubai.

The floating home is the first of its kind by developer Kleindienst Group and will be incorporated in its planned Heart of Europe islands, part of Dubai’s The World archipelago. Until now, only one home existed amongst the 300 uninhabited islands, a mansion owned by Michael Schumacher

The luxury villa that’s designed and made in the UAE is the first of 42 'Floating Seahorse' homes, each weighing 188 tonnes and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with sea views (obviously), a fully-fitted kitchen with dining area and open-plan living area with glass façade, sun deck and a glass-bottomed Jacuzzi.

The upper deck of the three tiered luxury home will consist of a mini bar and kitchenette, while the deck will feature a living room. The submerged tier will span the master bedroom and bathroom.

Why is it called the Floating Seahorse?

You’d be forgiven to think that the name is simply a vanity badge for the developers to give their project an air of distinction.

We’ve told you about how mankind is the worst species on the planet. Only three years ago, the western black rhino was declared extinct. As recently as November last year, there were only three northern white rhinos left in the world. 

As it turns out, the seahorse is an endangered species too. So along with the Floating Seahorse, Kleindienst Group will create, in the words of CEO, Josef Kleindienst, ”an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed.” So this is not just another vanity project; it could help save a species.

Who can stay in the Floating Seahorse?

The lavish water villas are being sold to private investors but will be serviced by the Tzar Hotel. The homes will be available to those owners free of charge for only two weeks a year. The rest of the time they will be fully accessible to the general public.

With the 3,100 square-foot villas set to cost an estimated AED 10 million, you’re better off renting it out for a holiday like the beach villas of the Maldives. Unless of course, you’re a GCC billionaire or live like one of these rich kids

Floating Seahorse images courtesy mea_dxbroker and sichan0831.