We live on a planet that should be called Ocean, not Earth. The worlds’ oceans cover 71% of the globes surface area. It is no wonder that many travel operators are starting to integrate underwater attractions and experiences into their travel offerings. Many believe that it is the next frontier in the travel and tourism industry. The world beneath the sea is largely unexplored with a growing increase of curious people wanting to understand what goes on below.
There is already an array of impressive underwater restaurants, day spas, nightclubs, resorts, tours, and transportation available worldwide — and this is bound to grow even more in the future.
So what can we expect to see in the underwater world in the future? Have you heard of any of these upcoming projects? Let’s let our imaginations run wild and see if any of these projects ever eventuate.
Underwater Tennis Complex – Dubai
In Dubai, Polish architect Krzysztof Kotala from 8+8 Concept Studio, has released concept designs to create the world’s first underwater tennis complex in Dubai which would have seven arenas built with clear roof structures where visitors could view marine creatures surrounding them. The architect has said that the creative plan, ‘fits into the natural environment because it resembles a coral reef in Dubai’. The designer hasn’t done the final calculations for how much the project will set investors back, but he has revealed that it could cost ‘several billion dollars’ and take around five years to complete.
Water Discus Underwater Hotel – Dubai
The Water Discus hotel in Dubai, designed by Deep Ocean Technology, has a design plan which will include 21 luxury suites located in two main discs, with one being above water where guests will enter, and the other beneath the sea. This combination will allow guests to admire the depths of the ocean while making the most of the warm climate. The disc, located from 10 up to 30 metres beneath the surface of the sea, has its rooms adjacent to the underwater dive centre and a bar. Each room is integrated with the underwater world as closely as possible, offering a surprisingly direct, yet safe contact with the local flora and fauna.
Poseidon Underwater Resort – Fiji
The Poseidon Undersea Resorts, set to open in Fiji, will feature 24 suites, an underwater restaurant and bar, a library, conference, room, wedding chapel, and a spa. Guests will be transported to their underwater accommodations by an elevator located at the end of the pier. They also plan to have a three-passenger submersible submarine which guests can use to explore the ocean. Each of the 24 Undersea suites measures 51 square metres and offers a totally immersive underwater experience. A full 70% of the surface area of each suite is transparent acrylic. Privacy can be maintained by guest controlled LCD screens covering each acrylic panel. The focal point will be the huge full diameter transparent wall at one end of the suite, looking out to a private coral garden. Each suite will also be equipped with underwater lights and push button fish feeders.
Scientists are also working on creating a high-speed supersonic submarine as a means of passenger transport. A group of Chinese scientists have been developing a technology to create a submarine that can travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in less than two hours, according to the South China Morning Post. However, before the technology can be completed an underwater rocket engine will need to be created to allow for the long range needed for the vessel, according to the International Business Times. You wouldn’t want to get in the way of this rocket!
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