Drydocks World and Swiss construction company and the BIG InvestConsult brokerage firm are building an underwater hotel in Dubai.
Drawn up by designers in Poland of Deep Ocean Technology and calls it the Water Discus Hotel. This may be the first underwater hotel to be built, but not the first to be thought of.
Drydocks World said in a statement, “The project is based on a unique concept that aims to provide the ultimate leisure experience and opens new horizons in tourism and housing in coastal areas, adding commercial value, while aiming to preserve the marine ecosystem.”
“The 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. We would like to create here in the UAE the international environmental programme and centre of the Underwater World Protection with Water Discus Hotel as a laboratory tool for oceans and seas environment protection and research,” said Bogdan Gutkowski, president of Big Invest Group.
Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World said, “This project has seven different types of designs and (each will cost in) the range of around $50 million to $120 million. The amount varies based on the design. The discussions are to build these around the world, not just the UAE.”
Architect Paweł Podwojewski told Business Week, he started designing the hotel two years ago. He approached it more as if it were a ship than a building, and kept construction costs low by making the structure simple and not attaching it to the ocean floor.
The underwater hotel can surface if it needs repairs or evacuation with an adjustable speed between 15 minutes to 12 hours for it to surface. It can also be taken to new locations.
The acrylic windows are the most expensive part, Architect Paweł Podwojewski told Business Week, and can be added or removed based on the budget.