Dubai has once again decided to test the waters of opulence with outrageous designs and extravagant architecture. This time it is a partially submerged discus shaped underwater hotel conceptualized by Deep Ocean Technology. After the Hydropolis failed to take off at the blueprint stage, this is one of the few amazing architectural masterpieces that is finally set to be built.
Building company Drydocks World has signed a contract with Swiss firm BIG InvestConsult to construct underwater hotels across the region, including the "Water Discus Hotel" in Dubai.
The Water Discus Hotel won't be entirely submerged in water as was the Hydropolis planned. The main hotel disc will be submerged 10 meters below the water where 21 comfortable rooms allow guests the opportunity to relax in the company of fabulously colourful fish, corals and sea horses. Guests can see directly through the huge windows facing the waters of the Persian Gulf, to get a closer look of the underwater world. Furthermore, with an external "explorer" robot the guests will be able to interact with the outside sea creatures and marine life. An underwater dive centre and a bar add to the luxuriant lifestyle of the guests.
The disc and its adjacent satellites located 5 - 7 meters above the water surface comprise of a restaurant, spa, an exotic garden and a special recreation area. This complex will also have a multifunctional lobby, swimming pool, a training pool for divers and seawater swimming pool. The whole structure of discs is strongly supported by three legs and a vertical shaft that holds it together. Underwater activities, diving courses and other watersports amenities give the guests a unique opportunity of exploring uncharted waters.
Deep Ocean Technology, the brain tank behind the idea has said that the hotel will help travellers fulfil their wishes of spending a luxurious holiday in the depths of the ocean. It will also open more avenues for the hotel and tourism sector, particularly underwater ecosystems and activities.