Dubai’s Cityscape Global plans to construct the Floating Venice.
The resort will be located in the World Islands, approximately 2.5 miles off of the coast of Dubai and will have the capacity to host up to 3,000 people in a mini version of the iconic city with four decks that offer a variety of recreational themes.
“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,” said Josef Kleindienst, chairman of Kleindienst Group.
“I am extremely excited and proud of The Floating Venice,” Kleindienst added. ”Our aim is to enhance 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.”
Guests will arrive at the resort by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the Piazza San Marco and will check-in in the underwater lobby.
Gondolas will be imported from Venice and used to transport guests to one of 414 onboard cabins.
The resort will be home to a variety of artisanal shops, elegant boutiques, 24 pools, 12 floating beaches set against the Dubai skyline, 12 restaurants and bars (three of which are underwater), plus amazing views of the resort’s coral nursery, which will be planted underneath the underwater deck and a haven for sea life.
Periodically, the resort will host culture and arts celebrations as well as festivals such as Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore to give guests the feeling of the true spirit of Venice.
New technology and design achievements were developed to create the Floating Seahorse—a series of luxury homes that include an underwater level also located in the World Islands. They have helped to make the creation of the Floating Venice a reality. (The first Floating Seahorse home was recently completed, and more are on the way.)
The Floating Venice will be constructed from a mixture of concrete for the underwater sections and marine lightweight materials for the upper decks. Its lifespan is said to be 100 years.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2018 and be completed by the end of 2020.