rated 4.03 out of 5
ranked #3 out of 9 Dubai Mega-Projects
total 228 votes


Hydropolis - the world’s first underwater hotel in Dubai - 27 acres and 220 luxury suites.

This Dubai mega-project is definitely extraordinary. The hotel is sitting on the Persian Gulf floor 66 feet below the surface. The hotel consists of three elements: the land station - shaped as a wave, the connecting tunnel - transparent and 1690 feet long and the underwater hotel in the shape of a jellyfish.

Guests enter Hydropolis from the beach. The land station isn’t only the entrance to the hotel, but offers also the hotel’s cinema, a cosmetic surgical clinic and a marine biological research institute. Then guests take the train through the transparent tunnel which connects the land with the underwater hotel.

HydropolisBesides the hotel’s 220 luxury suites - some are bubble shaped with clear glass walls - Hydropolis has two translucent domes that break the water’s surface and have retractable roofs. Hydropolis has much to offer for its guests - it features a ballroom, a concert auditorium, a museum, a library, three restaurants, a shopping mall, a Roman-themed spa and a pool. It will even produce its own clouds to protect the guests from Dubai’s sun.

Construction technologies from submarines and oil platforms were used for the underwater construction of Hydropolis. Custom-built Plexiglas was produced for Hydropolis’ walls to withstand water pressure which is three times higher than pressure at the surface. Private investors took the sponsorship for the estimated costs of $550-million. Future guests will have to pay $6000 per night for this extravagant underwater experience. Hydropolis is scheduled to open at the end of 2007.

Hydropolis was designed by the German architect Joachim Hauser who was inspired by Jules Verne’s famous novel 20,000 Leagues under the sea. Hauser thinks that the future of city planning lies in the sea and that humans could actually live self-sufficiently underwater.

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  1. rated 5 out of 5

    i believe this is the future of the world, this architec (joachim hauser) is from now on my idol, i´m sure there won´t be too long before they develop a large and vast city underwater. allow me to propose a name for this future city ; “atlantida dubai “

    danieler - March 20, 2007

  2. i truly believe that this would really be an extravagant hotel. however $6000 per night would be way off for average income families.

    annoynomous - April 16, 2007

  3. rated 5 out of 5


    bill day - April 17, 2007

  4. Hi.I think this is fantastic project.Its open new way of posibilites.It is giving to Dubai special place in the world. Greatings

    Damir Cehic - August 29, 2007

  5. holy macaroni!!!!!!!!!! wow its really amazing…

    renante - September 30, 2007

  6. rated 5 out of 5

    its so beautiful,i think some day that dubai will become the country with the most records in skycrapers and in man made islands,like the world dubai,al burj tower,the palm island the burj al arab and many more.

    godofredo - October 16, 2007

  7. a very interesting project indeed!!! simply fantastic.. i can’t wait to see this…^_^ way to go Dubai!…

    my_angel - November 18, 2007

  8. Unnecessary and extravagant. With its vast wealth and vision, why can’t Dubai offer something useful to the world? As for the other posted comments - what are you people on??

    Jean - February 5, 2008

  9. Hello, I would like to share my animated very short film that is now on You Tube. It deals with futuristic life on Earth, plans to inhabit Mars, and space flight. “The Last Man”. Part One is also on You Tube. It is dystopian but has valuable scientific imagination. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pSR5qOq2Gk Thank you BRUCE SHANE San Diego, CA

    Bruce Shane - February 16, 2008

  10. is a very nice site viewing i’m very impressed.

    umo-otong ibere - March 26, 2008

  11. Hi it looks amazing, there are no words to describe it. How can i find out the email address for this hotel? Thanks

    anna - July 3, 2008

  12. WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Alde - July 26, 2008

  13. will the glass break?

    summer - November 7, 2008

  14. I think its absolutely amazing, But 6,000 a night come on, are they on crack or something? That pays for a whole year of my rent! lol Anyone who pays that much is crazy for sure, Just ONE night! Should be one month for that much, everything better be made from gold hahaha.

    Nicole - November 21, 2008

  15. hydroplis is an amazing mega project,however could they channel some of this money to fight poverty and diseases in one of african country for example somalia

    benard mwendwa - June 20, 2009

  16. rated 5 out of 5

    complete awesome hardwork by dubai

    khezar - October 2, 2009

  17. woww!!!!!!!! it’s amazing! How i wish i could go there.

    weng - October 21, 2009

  18. fabulous……. fantastic……. tats how u hav to think………. best of luck for completion………

    S.Shafeeq - December 1, 2009

  19. fabulous…… fantastic…….tats how u hav to think……. best of luck……..

    S.Shafeeq - December 1, 2009

  20. rated 5 out of 5

    I’m writing an essay at my university called the “Emerge of the niche market in hotel design” and has chosen to use this project as my thesis, I love it and can’t wait until it’s completed so I can visit.

    Niomi Drummond - December 15, 2009

  21. Why doesn’t this article have an authour and date of publication! Aaarggh! I need to reference a couple of lines!

    Niomi Drummond - January 10, 2010


    EDMUNDJOHN - May 2, 2010

  23. Is this still under construction? or did they just spend a mass amount of money planning and then abandon everything?

    Vsssssss - June 22, 2010

  24. Upon further research the project still has not even been started. If that is the case these websites promoting this project need to be updated with better info and another estimated date open date.

    SMH - October 1, 2010

  25. rated 0 out of 5

    Mwahahahaha! >:) I know where you live… Im going to find you. I can see you… Im standing outside your window.

    Mister Poopypants - January 26, 2011

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    Dharamandra - February 18, 2012

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