Thursday, 3 May 2012 9:34 AM
Dubai has long been associated with luxury to the extreme – and now the city is cementing its inventive reputation by becoming the home of the world’s first ever underwater hotel.
At an expense of $120 million, the Water Discus Hotel will be built partly above and partly below the surface of the Ocean. The underwater discus-shaped area of the building will be 10 metres below water.
Bedrooms will feature special lighting so that guests can adapt to the unusual surroundings. To make the most of some very unique views, they will also be able to cruise around the Ocean in miniature underwater vehicles.
Bogdan Gutkowski, President of BIG INVEST Group, said: "Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for hotel and tourism sector, housing and city sector in the coastal off-shore areas, as well as new opportunities for ecology support by creation of new underwater ecosystems and activities on underwater world protection.
"Additionally we would like to create here in the UAE the international environmental program and centre of the Underwater World Protection – with Water Discus Hotel as a laboratory tool for oceans and seas environment protection and research.”
The underwater hotel is being constructed by Dubai World’s ship building subsidiary, Drydocks World.
Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman of Drydocks World, commented: "We are extremely proud and delighted to be associated with this first-of-a-kind leading-edge project in the world."
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