A Hotel Under the Sea
Visitors to a Middle Eastern city will soon be able to sleep with the fish
The rooms in the hotel will have a special lighting system so guests can observe the colorful sea life. (Courtesy Deep Ocean Technology)
Visitors to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a country in the Middle East, will soon be able to stay in hotels with spectacular views of the ocean—from below the surface! The building company Drydocks World recently signed a deal with a Swiss firm to develop underwater hotels around Dubai, starting with the 21-room Water Discus Hotel.
The Water Discus was designed by the architectural firm Deep Ocean Technology. It will have two main disc-shaped structures, one above and one below the water. Three legs and a vertical tube with stairways and elevators will connect the discs. The guest rooms will be on the lower disc, 32 feet below the surface of the ocean.
Each room will have a special lighting system to illuminate the colorful coral reefs and sea life outside. Guests will be able to operate miniature vehicles from inside their rooms that will allow them to zoom in on and photograph even the tiniest sea creatures. The hotel will also have an underwater dive center.
HOTELS OF THE FUTURE
The rooms at the Water Discus won’t be the world’s first underwater hotel rooms. At the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort in the Maldives, a group of islands in South Asia, guests can stay in a glass-domed aquarium below the Indian Ocean. But the Water Discus’s rooms will be more luxurious than those in the Maldives resort.
The Water Discus will have safety features that many other hotels don’t. The top disc will be suspended high enough above the water to withstand tsunamis or floods, and the underwater disc will automatically float to the surface of the ocean if there is any danger. And the hotel will have a ship’s radio system and a satellite telephone so it can stay in contact with the outside world.
Dubai is famous for its outrageous projects. The world’s tallest building, the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa, is there. Dubai is also home to “The World”—a reproduction of Earth consisting of human-made islands—and an indoor ski slope.
The Water Discus is the first of several underwater hotels set to be built across the region near Dubai. Drydocks World hopes to someday build them around the world.