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Dubai plans to build underwater hotel

Posted by Melanie Nayer  May 8, 2012 07:51 AM

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underwaterhotel2.jpgPhoto: Deep Ocean Technology

The race to see who can build the most outrageous hotel concept is on. Last month I told you about the underground hotel being built in China, now comes word about an underwater hotel being planned in Dubai.

Building company Drydocks World and Swiss firm BIG InvestConsult are working together to develop underwater hotels, including the "Water Discus Hotel" in Dubai, reports news.au.com.

The plans for the Water Discus Hotels include various components, ensuring all guests can explore underwater in luxury. There are two spherical buildings (they look like giant spaceships) - an underwater and above-water one - connected by three legs providing stabilization and a long, vertical shaft that contains a elevator and stairway.

The elevator takes guests 32 feet below the surface of the ocean, where the 21 hotel rooms, dive center and a bar are located. It's being reported that each guest room will have special lighting so guests can photograph the sea life around them, and guests will be able to operate "miniature vehicles", designed by Deep Ocean Technology, that will take blown-up photographs of the surrounding sea creatures.

“Today, the advent of new technology made the heart of the ocean a setting not only for diving, but also for luxurious holidays," a BIG InvestConsult spokesperson said. "Now the innovative concept of Water Discus Hotels makes it all possible.”

Dubai is also home to the Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest building.

Readers: Your thoughts? Would you stay at this underwater hotel?

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