Dubai, home to some of the world’s biggest attractions, including the world’s tallest building and the world’s largest indoor theme park, has unveiled plans to build its own miniature floating replica of Venice.
The Emirate is planning to build a floating replica of the watery Italian city, complete with gondolas and canals — and an underwater twist. The resort will be split over four decks, one of which will be submerged under the sea.
The Floating Venice is earmarked for Dubai’s The World development — an artificial group of islands constructed four kilometers offshore in the shape of global map.
The Floating Venice resort, which is scheduled for completion in 2020 if plans are approved and building gets under way in 2018, has an estimated price tag of 680 million.
To further evoke the flavor of Venice, it’s hoped it will host Dubai editions of the city’s Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore.
The floating resort will accommodate up to 3,000 guests who can arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the complex’s main square. Guests can also access 12 “floating beaches” and more than 4,000 square feet of corals planted around the resort that aim to foster marine life, which can be viewed from pools with transparent floors made of acrylic glass (paying homage to Venetian glass).
The resort’s Venetian visionary, Kleindients proposes a subaquatic deck featuring an underwater lobby, 180 undersea bedroom cabins and three subaquatic restaurants — offering spectacular views of marine life in the Persian Gulf.
The Floating Venice will technically be classified as a boat. Developers plan to use the same technology as the Floating Seahorse, another Kleindienst-designed underwater living experience currently under development in Dubai.
In recent years, underwater tourism has proved popular across the world — from Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives to the underwater suites at Atlantis in the Palm Dubai.
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