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Underwater hotel looking likely for Dubai

Semi-submerged hotel will be the largest of its kind in the world, developers say

A semi-submerged hotel in Dubai, UAE has been given the green light. The Water Discus hotel is expected to be the largest of its kind in the world.

It will consist of two disc shaped structures – one above the surface of the water and one underneath. The concept is the brainchild of Polish firm Deep Ocean Technology (DOT), in collaboration with researchers from Gdansk University of Technology.

This month, Dubai World’s ship building subsidiary, Drydocks World, signed an agreement with BIG InvestConsult to build the hotel in Dubai. Construction times and budget are currently undisclosed.

The underwater segment of the hotel will comprise of 21 rooms. It will be submerged ten metres below the surface of the sea. Large windows in the rooms will offer views of coral reefs, fauna and animals of the Arabian Gulf.

Safety is a primary concern and the underwater discus will automatically rise above the surface of the water in case of danger. Satellite discs with positive buoyancy will be detachable and act as lifesaving vessels if necessary.

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