Already home to islands that can be seen from space, the tallest building in the world, the biggest shopping mall on the planet, and an indoor ski slope, Dubai now has something more to offer wealthy clients looking to make a lifestyle statement.

Earlier this month, prospective buyers visited a full-scale model of the ‘Floating Seahorse’ villas, a home on the waters of the Dubai World in UAE.

Surrounded by 300 deserted, man-made islands, the Floating Seahorse is part of a hotel development called ‘The Heart of Europe’. This latest real estate wonder has all the ultra-modern amenities a luxury hotel would provide, plus something no luxury hotel in the world can provide at present – rooms that are underwater.

The 240-ton ‘villa-on-the-sea’ has walls adorned with the finest teak from Myanmar. The top floor has a wet bar that has both open-air and air-conditioned seating areas – and a hot tub with a glass bottom. The deck below has the living and dining rooms, opening out on to the water. The submerged bedrooms on the lower deck feature thick acrylic windows that have spectacular underwater views of the Persian Gulf, complete with transplanted corals gardens and fish swimming past.

By the end of the year, 42 of the total 131 floating villas – already sold out for $2.7 million each – will be ready for possession. The rest are expected to be completed by 2018.

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