Dubai’s Hydropolis underwater hotel project is set to begin construction next month. Financing remains a bit of a questionmark with banks “so far .. very reluctant.”
- The shallow water hotel will be shaped as a bowl and will be positioned on the sea ground, according to Hohmann. The deep water version is floating in the sea with anchors on the ground.
The bowl will be constructed externally and then positioned on the location. It will then be emptied of the water and equipped with huge aquariums as an attraction for the guests. “At the shallow water hotel, guests are exposed to big fish tanks that contain controlled water and fish, since shallow water is muddy and not transparent. At the deep water hotel, visitors are looking directly into the sea,” he said.
The construction of such hotels would not have any damaging effects to the environment, he added.
Hotel prices per night, rumoured to reach some $3,000 per night, have not yet been announced by the group. “We cannot give such details at this stage,” Hohmann said.
Completion is scheduled for 2008, but I don’t believe the projection.