Underwater ‘Discus’ Hotel Planned for Dubai with Rooms 10m Below Surface [Gallery]

The “Water Discus Hotel” gives to its guests the opportunity to sleep below the surface of the sea, offering a view of underwater life.

  • Special lighting will allow guests to enjoy the flora and fauna outside their window and macro photography will help them zoom in on even the tiniest creatures. Picture: Deep Ocean TechnologySpecial lighting will allow guests to enjoy the flora and fauna outside their window and macro photography will help them zoom in on even the tiniest creatures. Picture: Deep Ocean Technology
  • This hotel will open new fields of development for the hotel and tourism sector in the coastal off-shore areas. Picture: Deep Ocean TechnologyThis hotel will open new fields of development for the hotel and tourism sector in the coastal off-shore areas. Picture: Deep Ocean Technology
  • It's not the world's first underwater hotel room, but it is the most lavish. Picture: Deep Ocean TechnologyIt's not the world's first underwater hotel room, but it is the most lavish. Picture: Deep Ocean Technology
  • The two parts of the structure would be connected by three legs. Picture: Deep Ocean TechnologyThe two parts of the structure would be connected by three legs. Picture: Deep Ocean Technology
  • Guests will be able to operate miniature vehicles from inside their rooms to see sea creatures. Picture: Deep Ocean TechnologyGuests will be able to operate miniature vehicles from inside their rooms to see sea creatures. Picture: Deep Ocean Technology
  • The hotel will be partially underwater with the discs located up to 10 metres below. Picture: Deep Ocean TechnologyThe hotel will be partially underwater with the discs located up to 10 metres below. Picture: Deep Ocean Technology
  • A plan has been announced to build a discus-shaped hotel partially underwater in Dubai. Picture: Deep Ocean TechnologyA plan has been announced to build a discus-shaped hotel partially underwater in Dubai. Picture: Deep Ocean Technology

When it comes to outstanding new design ideas, Dubai is always at the first place. The glittering emirate has already got the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and even the Earth itself – in the form of dozens of man-mad islands just off its coastline, says The Daily Mail.

So it is no surprise to hear that architects decided on building a half-submerged hotel, complete with underwater rooms offering views of life below the surface of the sea.

Building company Drydocks World has signed a contract with a Swiss firm to develop a string of underwater hotels around Dubai, including the planned “Water Discus Hotel,” AU’s News reports.

According to the document, the hotel “discs” will be located up to 10m below the surface and will include 21 rooms next to an underwater dive centre and bar.

Hotel guests will be provided with the opportunity to operate miniature vehicles from inside their rooms that will take blown-up photographs of the surrounding sea creatures.

The company behind the technology, Deep Ocean Technology, said the hotel would help fulfill travellers’ desire to explore the depths of the oceans.

“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 Invest Consult spokesperson explained. “Now the innovative concept of Water Discus Hotels makes it all possible.”

Water Discus Hotels consists of two discs – an above-water and underwater one. The two parts of the structure will be connected by three legs and a vertical shaft containing a lift and stairway.

This combination will allow guests to admire the depths of the ocean while making the most of the warm climate,” 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.”

Besides, one of the most specific features of the building is a special lighting system will illuminate the flora and fauna outside and the highest technology in the rooms will allow guests to zoom in and take a closer look at even the tiniest creatures using macro photography.

But nervous swimmers need not worry, they won’t be left all at sea, DOT insists it has kept to the highest safety requirements. The designers created the top disc – which is built on the height enough to withstand a tsunami and any flooding, while the underwater disc automatically surfaces at once in the event of any danger.

Unfortunately for the developers, they can’t claim that they are first to create underwater hotel rooms. This title belongs to the Rangali Islands Resort in the Maldives, which boasts a glass domed aquarium under the Indian Ocean for a one-in-a-lifetime overnight stay.

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