Dubai to build underwater hotels

Shipbuilding arm of Dubai World teams up with Swiss firm for unusual concept
Dubai to build underwater hotels
The shipbuilding arm of Dubai World has announced plans to build a series of underwater hotels in the emirate.
By Daniel Shane
Wed 02 May 2012 05:37 PM

The shipbuilding arm of Dubai World has announced plans to build a series of underwater hotels in the emirate.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Drydocks World said it has signed an agreement with a Swiss contractor to develop the World Discus Hotel, which is partly submerged under the sea.

Click here to see our gallery of The World Discus Hotel.

According to Drydocks World, BIG InvestConsult will provide the required technological expertise for the unusual concept.

As well as providing leisure facilities, the development will also include a laboratory for ocean environment protection and research.

Drydocks World did not provide any details on the cost of the project or a potential completion date.

Dubai has a history of building unique tourism projects, such as the man-made Palm Jumeirah and The World islands development.  

The emirate is also home to the indoor ski slope Ski Dubai and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.

Drydocks World, part of government-owned holding company Dubai World, is currently in the process of restructuring US$2.2bn worth of debt.

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