The World is not enough

Hot on the heels of Dubai’s island project in the shape of the world, the latest crazy plan to hit the emirate is an underwater luxury resort hotel.

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By  John Irish Published  August 12, 2003

If you thought the summer silly season would quieten Dubai’s ambitious tourism plans, then think again. The emirate is set to embark on its latest bold hotel development after launching today (August 12) the underwater Hydropolis Hotel Project.

The latest development, which follows recent announcements such as the future creation of islands in the shape of the world, is valued at over US $500 million covering 107,000 square metres, just off Dubai’s Jumeirah coastline.

In a statement to the press, Joachim Hauser, the project’s architect, inventor and designer claimed that this would be the first global underwater ultra-luxury hotel, adding that completion was scheduled for 2006.

“The government of Dubai, represented by the DDIA (Dubai Development and Investment Authority), has given me tremendous assistance and support without which this project would not have come about,” said Hauser.

Although there was no indication as to when construction on the project would begin or who actually is backing the development, Salem bin Dasmal, the DDIA stressed that Hydropolis would add value to Dubai’s tourism and hospitality sector.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to promote Dubai as a perfect hub to attract investments in projects spread across all sectors,” he added.

Once completed, Hydropolis will consist of three elements: a land station, connecting tunnels and the hotel complex.

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