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IT'S no stranger to outrageous designs and Dubai's latest extravagance is a plan to build a partially submerged hotel shaped like a discus.Building company Drydocks World has signed a contract with Swiss firm BIG InvestConsult to develop underwater hotels across the region including the "Water Discus Hotel" in Dubai.
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The hotel "discs" are to be located up to 10m below the surface and will include 21 rooms next to an underwater dive centre and bar.Guests will be able to operate miniature vehicles from inside their rooms that will take blown-up photographs of the surrounding sea creatures.
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The company behind the technology, Deep Ocean Technology, said the hotel would help fulfill travellers' desire to explore the depths of the oceans. “Today, the advent of new technology made the heart of the ocean a setting not only for diving, but also for luxurious holidays," a BIG InvestConsult spokesperson said."Now the innovative concept of Water Discus Hotels makes it all possible.”
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Water Discus Hotels comprise two discs - an underwater and above-water one. The two parts of the structure will be connected by three legs and a vertical shaft containing a lift and stairway."This combination will allow guests to admire the depths of the ocean while making the most of the warm climate," Bogdan Gutkowski, President of BIG INVEST Group said.“Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for hotel and tourism sector, housing and city sector in the coastal off-shore areas, as well as new opportunities for ecology support by creation of new underwater ecosystems and activities on underwater world protection."
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Dubai is famous for “The World” - an estimated $18 billion reproduction of the Earth made out of islands. It is also home to the Burj Khalifa, which at 829m is the world’s tallest building.
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