Work on Dubai underwater hotel to start 'very shortly'

Firms behind concept say construction to start imminently; aim for further properties worldwide
By Daniel Shane
Sun 30 Jun 2013 12:50 PM

The firms behind a plan to build an ambitious underwater hotel in Dubai have said that construction will begin “very shortly”.

The concept, known as the ‘Water Discus Hotel’, has been developed by Drydocks World alongside Poland’s Deep Ocean Technology and Big Invest. It was announced last year, before the project appeared to sink without a trace, with few further details being released.

Set to be built just off the emirate’s coast, the property will consist of several inhabitable discs, with the deepest being set 30m underwater. The module structure of the properties would allow them to be expanded according to their clients’ requirements.

“[The project will] bring to its guests a deluxe hotel combined with a real marine adventure and breathtaking views found only in the heart of the ocean,” Drydocks World said in a statement. “The unique location in the heart of a vibrant coral reef will allow guests enjoy both the tropical weather as well as the colourful underwater world.”

None of the companies involved have provided an estimated timeline for the developments or details on investment.

Drydocks World said that it had also held discussions about taking the concept to more GCC countries, as well as other key destinations around the world.

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