Kleindienst Group has launched the world’s first underground luxury vessel resort, The Floating Venice in The World islands, 4km off the shores of Dubai.
Valued at AED 2.5mn ($680mn), the resort has a capacity to hold up to 3,000 guests daily, with accommodation, restaurants and recreation split over four decks.
There will be 414 cabins, 24 pools and 12 restaurants, some of which will offer views of the coral reefs below. A floating underwater spa is also planned.
“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 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,” says chairman Josef Kleindienst.
Guests will arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the main Piazza San Marco where they can check-in at the underwater lobby.
Gondolas imported from Venice will take guests to their cabins through canals, or alternatively through canal-side walkways and bridges.
Popular Italian art festivals will be hosted throughout the year, such as Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore.
More than 400,000 sq ft of corals will be planted around The Floating Venice, with 12 floating beaches.
Constructed from a mixture of concrete for the underwater sections and marine lightweight materials for the upper decks, The Floating Venice is designed to have a lifespan of at least 100 years.
Construction is scheduled to begin in Q1 2018, with completion by Q4 2020.
Kleindienst is the developer behind The Heart of Europe islands and The Floating Seahorse, an underwater living experience.