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Dubai builds giant ‘floating Venice’ hotel

First it recreated the earth, then it built the world’s tallest building. Next on Dubai’s agenda? A Venice-themed luxury hotel.

Already estimated to cost $854 million to build, ‘Floating Venice’ will be complete with an underwater lobby, underwater rooms and spas, two restaurants and gondolas imported from the Italian city.

The 3000-odd guests will have to access the hotel via plane or boat, and will then be chaperoned to one of the 414 cabins, of which 180 are submerged, offering uninterrupted views of the Arabian Sea.

The Floating Venice will also plant over 400,000 sq ft of corals around The Floating Venice from its own on-site coral nursery.

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The luxe-hotel has been envisioned by Kleindienst Group, with the company’s chairman Josef Kleindienst stating, “As a developer our vision supports and aligns with Dubai’s ambition to be a leading global destination and home of innovation as the world’s most forward-thinking city.

“I am extremely excited and proud of The Floating Venice. Our aim is to change the landscape of real estate and hospitality and deliver a new iconic experience.

“The Floating Venice is the epitome of this innovation and spirit, the world’s first luxury underwater vessel resort,” he added.

According to a statement from the group, The Floating Venice is made possible through the new technologies developed creating The Floating Seahorse.

Constructed from a mixture of concrete for the underwater sections and marine lightweight materials for the upper decks, The Floating Venice will have a guaranteed lifespan of at least 100 years.

Construction is scheduled to begin in Q1 2018 with completion by Q4 2020.

Check out some of the photos here:

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