Dubai’s underwater discus hotel lets you sleep in a high-tech aquarium


Without a doubt, Dubai is one of the hottest exotic destinations with amazing skyscrapers and luxury amenities to rival even the most modern cities from the rest of the world. Now, a Polish architecture design firm has unveiled a new hotel concept that will make use of space below the ground, giving guests the ability to sleep underwater while enjoying the marine landscape.

Dubai-underwater-hotelDeep Ocean Technology (DOT)’s Underwater Hotel is shaped like a spaceship found in most sci-fi movies, except the hotel rooms plunge 21 stories underwater. The rooms will contain panoramic glass windows that offer views below the Persian Gulf, allowing guests to feel like they are sleeping inside a 24-hour aquarium with local flora and fauna right outside the other side of the wall. The windows are even equipped with special lighting and macro photography sensors so guests can zoom into even the smallest creatures for detailed look at their colors, patterns, and movements.

The hotel will also include other amenities such as a diving and water sports center, spa, helipad, and an above ground terrace should guests feel a bit claustrophobic stuck inside the discus all day. It is also located a short distance from a beach if you really prefer to feel some actual ground.

Dubai-underwater-hotelAccording to DOT’s proposed plans, the Underwater Hotel will be able to withstand the shifts in water levels and currents. “If any changes in environmental or economic conditions occur, the Water Discus modules can be transferred to a different place. This offers a unique opportunity to live underwater on a permanent basis with unlimited options to change locations,” DOT notes

A monitoring system will also be put in place to keep track of weather patterns and possible earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters to ensure the hotel and its guests are always aware of when it’s safe to stay inside the hotel. The two discus, above and below water, are connected through three solid legs and a vertical shaft that contains an elevator and stairway. Should the top level discus need to come unattached, the self-containing disc has a positive buoyancy level to double as a life-saving vessel, helping guests evacuate the area.

Of course, no word yet on when the project will come to its completion or how much it will cost to spend a night under the sea. If you simply can’t wait, try checking out the The Conrad Rangali Resort in the Maldives for a similar underwater experience. Guests can enjoy the luxury restaurant set in an underwater tunnel with glass ceiling to literally dine with sharks (or whatever other sea creatures are nearby). You’ll have to book early, of course; the restaurant accommodates 12 diners at a time. If you’re also willing to hand over the big money, the resort will also convert the dining room into a private bedroom suite for the most special occasion.