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Dubai could soon be full of these five-star floating homes

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Got a spare Dhs40 mill? Why not buy a floating home? (Don’t worry, it’ll be connected to land by a car jetty).

When it comes to finding a home in Dubai, the sky’s the limit – quite literally, we have a heck of a lot of high rises.

However one developer is hoping to entice residents on to the water instead with their unique floating homes.

New Living on Water is expecting to sell millions of dollars worth of these sustainable, buoyant residences in the UAE over the next 12 months – Dhs183 million in fact.

The space-agey looking pods were designed to “take their owners back to nature”, and are kitted out with renewable energy sources.

Prices range depending on the size you want, but a 16,000 square foot “organically shaped” home with 520 square feet of outdoor space will set you back about Dhs40 million.

The Dutch company is bringing the concept to Dubai’s Cityscape exhibition next month for its Middle Eastern debut.

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“A lot of people nowadays live in very densely populated areas, and for most of them this is no problem in everyday life,” said NLW’s Managing Director and Co-owner, Menno de Roos. “But the need for some privacy and the inner need of being connected to nature has always been with us, and that’s what we’re offering.”

As you’d expect for a Dhs40m home, the layout is pretty swanky with all the mod cons. According to NLW’s website, the multi-level residences come with their own elevators, and are connected to the land by a car jetty. Since the company currently expects to build its first residences before the end of 2017, you can have plenty of design input. Fancy a pool? You got it. A cinema room? But of course. Wine cellar, sauna and gym? It’s all yours.

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“Our newly-developed floating residences guarantee both the privacy and nature that people are looking for, as well as the comfort of being part of a six-star super luxury beachfront resort,” said de Roos.

“They were developed for a very small niche-market, and designed with sustainability in mind in order to create mutual respect between humans and environment. Renewable energy sources are used as much as possible.”

If these take off in Dubai, they won’t be the first floating homes the city has seen. You can already buy partially submerged Floating Seahorse villas in the middle of ‘The World’ (about 4km off Dubai’s coast) for Dhs10 million.

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A show villa is already in place, and apparently 40 more will be finished by the end of the year, and the coral gardens are currently being ‘constructed’. When completed, there should be about 130 villas in total. See all of the pictures of the show home as it looks here.

You can check out the floating homes, plus heaps of other projects, at Cityscape Global, which will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre from between September 6 and 8. (Just register online beforehand to avoid a Dhs100 fee on the door).

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Images: Supplied/NLW