Dubai is to have The Floating Venice, an underwater luxury resort built 4km off Dubai's coastline.
At a cost of $680 million, The Floating Venice will be located in The World islands and aims to create a Venice-like resort with capacity for up to 3,000 guests daily, with accommodation, restaurants and recreation over four decks - one of which will be underwater.
Guests check-in at the underwater lobby and traditional Gondola's imported from Venice will transport people through the canals to one of the 414 cabins.
The resort will also be the venue for culture and the arts events throughout the year. Construction is scheduled to begin early in 2018 with completion by the fourth quarter of 2020.
CEO of Kleindienst, Josef Kleindienst said: “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.”