Venetians lend us your ears! Have no more fear about mass tourism trashing your beautiful city, because Dubai has come up with a grand plan of helping you out.

And it shall be called… The Floating Venice of Dubai.

Yes the Floating Venice is soon to become the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort, which will be built on the World Islands in Dubai.

A floating hotel and miniature replica of Venice?

Yes it is real. And yes it looks NUTS.

Room with a view?

How’s the water out there darling?

Valued at 2.5Bn AED (AUD$848m), The Floating Venice resort will be located on The World islands, 4km offshore from Dubai and aims to bring an authentic ‘Venetian experience’ to the Middle East.

This unique floating resort has a capacity of up to 3,000 guests daily, with high-end accommodation and restaurants split over 4 decks, one of which will be underwater. Guests will arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the main Piazza San Marco where they can check-in at the underwater lobby.

Gondola’s imported from Venice will transport guests to their cabins through the winding canals, or alternatively a short stroll through canal side walkways and bridges will take them to their awaiting cabins.

There will be a range of 414 bespoke cabins arranged over 4 decks, one of which is underwater giving spectacular views of the coral reefs below and passing gondolas above. A plethora of elegant boutique hospitality spots and traditional artisanal shops will bring the Venetian experience to life.


Throughout the year The Floating Venice will be a celebration of culture and the arts, where traditional festivals such as Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore will bring the resort alive with the flair and heritage of Venice.

The Floating Venice will also have 24 pools, some of which will have acrylic bases giving amazing views of the coral reefs below.

Over 400,000sq feet of corals will be planted around The Floating Venice from their own on-site coral nursery, which will encourage an abundance of sea life.


Just like the real thing.

12 unique floating beaches set against the stunning backdrop of the Dubai skyline are scattered throughout The Floating Venice

A collection of 12 restaurants and bars offer a variety of entertainment, 3 of which are underwater giving spectacular vistas of the dazzling marine life. Alternatively, the world’s first floating underwater spa will be waiting to pamper those looking to go a little ‘deeper’.

Clearly The Floating Venice is set to become the latest iconic destination for Dubai. Its design echoes the ancient city with its elegant facades and magnificent palaces, the inspiration for the ultimate modern interpretation and natural progression of Venice, a luxury destination like no other.

Soon Venice in Italy will be quiet again...

Soon Venice in Italy will be quiet again…

The Floating Venice is made possible through the new technologies developed creating The Floating Seahorse. 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 2018 with completion by late 2020.


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What do you think about Dubai’s latest icon? Think it’ll sink or swim?