Saturday, January 21, 2006

Hydropolis - The World's First Underwater Hotel :: Impact Lab

Currently under construction in Dubai, Hydropolis is the world's first luxury underwater hotel. It will include three elements: the land station, where guests will be welcomed, the connecting tunnel, which will transport people by train to the main area of the hotel, and the 220 suites within the submarine leisure complex. Great photos.

It is one of the largest contemporary construction projects in the world, covering an area of 260 hectares, about the size of London's Hyde Park.

"Hydropolis is not a project; it's a passion," enthuses Joachim Hauser, the developer and designer of the hotel. His futuristic vision is about to take shape 20m below the surface of the Arabian Gulf, just off the Jumeirah Beach coastline in Dubai. The £300 million, 220-suite hotel is due to open at the end of 2007 and will incorporate a host of innovations that will take it far beyond the original blueprint for an underwater complex worthy of Jules Verne.
Scroll to the bottom to see some fantastic artist's impressions.

I wonder how far you'll be able to see. Is this for real?


Blogger sheikha cheryl said...

Really? They are actually building that thing? Another question: what's to see down there? Nakeel has destroyed the entire marine ecosystem; it's just a huge sandpit with the UAE national flower swaying in the tide.

7:09 PM  
Blogger nzm said...

The upper storeys of the land station house a variety of facilities, including a cosmetic surgical clinic, a marine biological research laboratory and conference facilities.

Yup - that's a common mix!

It's being built between the Le Royal Meridien and the Ritz Carlton.

We dive more often than we like in the Gulf - and you can't see more than 2-3m on a good day.

"Rumour" has it that the water in the Palm Jumeirah is stagnant and starting to smell.

I guess that Hydropolis will have to create its own ecosystem and have a filtration plant.

There's the first project for the Marine Biology Center!

11:30 PM  

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