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Hydropolis, the world's first underwater luxury hotel, will include three elements: the land station, the connecting tunnel, and the 220-suite submarine leisure complex.

The entire project covers 642 acres (260 ha) and is the vision of German designer and developer Joachim Hauser.[1]

The cost of the project is approximately CA$550,000,000 and is scheduled to be complete by 2009 or 2010. The original completion date was 2006 but was postponed due to some delays.

Hydropolis is built on land owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince and ruler of Dubai. With his support, other companies have formed to start this colossal project and 150 firms are now involved.[2]

[edit] Land Station

The land station is where visitors and guests will be greeted—it is shaped as a semi-circular cylinder arched over a multi-storey building. On the lowest level, a noiseless train propelled by automated cables and running along a self-supporting steel guide way will transport people to Hydropolis.

The land station will also include a restaurant and a high-tech cinema screening the evolution of ocean life and the history of underwater architecture. Finally, the screen will open to reveal the real-life Hydropolis.

[edit] Planning for the Future

Hauser believes that this is the stepping stone for future city planning, stating that mankind’s future lies in the oceans or seas. According to Hauser, one day, we’ll be able colonize the oceans. The whole concept is based on the idea that humans could live underwater and be self-sufficient, getting energy and food supplies from the sea.

Planners expect Hydropolis to receive 3,000 visitors per day, in addition to the hotel guests.

People who do not dive or even swim will be able to enjoy the tranquility and scenery of the underwater world, thus increasing the public’s awareness of the sea.

[edit] References

  1. Hydropolis Underwater Hotel. 03-10-09.
  2. Hydropolis Hotel. Dubai Information Site. 03-10-09.