Kleindienst Group has announced The Floating Venice, the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort at Cityscape Global. Valued at 2.5Bn AED (US$680m USD), The Floating Venice will be located in The World islands, 4km offshore from Dubai.
The resort has a capacity of up to 3,000 guests, with accommodation, restaurants and recreation split over four decks, one of which is underwater. Guests will arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the main Piazza San Marco where they can check-in at the underwater lobby before a gondola imported from Venice transports guests to one of the 414 bespoke cabins or 24 pools.
The site will contain 12 floating beaches, over 400,000 sqft of corals, 12 restaurants and bars (three of which are underwater) and the world’s first underwater spa. Festivals such as Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore will bring to mind ancient Venice.
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.
Josef Kleindienst, chairman, said: “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.”