UAE firms vie for world's first Underwater Hotel

UAE firms vie for world's first Underwater Hotel


Drydocks World, the shipbuilding arm of Dubai World, is in talks with number of UAE companies for building of the Water Discus Hotel, Emirates 24|7 can reveal.

"We have been already been approached by UAE companies who want us to build the discus hotel for them. Negotiations are on, but nothing has been finalised,” a senior executive of Drydocks World said on conditions of anonymity.

The smallest, a two discus hotel, will cost anywhere between US$50 million and US$80 million.

The official clarified that Drydocks will only be building the discus hotels for third parties as it has a joint venture with Big Invest Consult, a Swiss company, which represents Deep Ocean Technology, the Polish-owner behind the technology and concept of Water Discus hotel, to develop underwater hotels and floating cities in the Middle East.

"We have a joint venture with Big Invest Consult to build these hotels for interested parties in the Middle East. We are not building for Drydocks as of now.”

Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman Drydocks World & Maritime World had also met with Arkadiusz Majerski, President and CEO Deep Ocean Technology and Bogdan Gutkowski president of Big Invest last month to discuss issues related to the hotel project including the designs, engineering aspects and the structures.

Asked where is the first hotel likely to be anchored in the UAE, the official said: "We don't know about the location yet. The hotel can be moved from one location to another.”

The Polish developer has already received the green light by the National Ministry of Tourism for Maldives to begin construction off the island of Kuredhivaru.

Water Discus Underwater Hotel

The Water Discus Underwater Hotel comprises a number of discs underwater, at a depth ranging from 10 to 30 meters and the others above the surface allowing guests to admire the depths of the ocean while still being able to make the best of resort living on the surface.

Each room is integrated with the underwater world as closely as possible and will offer direct, yet safe contact with the flora and fauna including underwater vehicles that can be operated from inside allowing a closer look at even the most microscopic underwater creatures.

Due to its modular and unique construction design, Water Discus Hotels can be expanded and customised to suit the surroundings and client requirements.

A single discus is an independent structure of approximately 1000 square metres fully equipped to ensure the very highest levels of safety and comfort.

This serves as an individual module and a single component of a bigger complex.

A number of such modules may be used to build a hotel complex of a size, which is suitable both to the client and the individual location.

Complexes can be situated anywhere in the world and each design will be tailored to suit local conditions such as shape of the coastline and ocean depth around the reef.

Moreover, in the event of changes in either environmental or economic conditions the modules can be moved to a different location, offering a unique opportunity to live underwater on a permanent basis with unlimited options to change locations.

This mobility allows for easier changes in the interior design of the hotel as any disc can be detached and replaced at any time with a new one. – Emirates 24│7

Dubai Smart Government wins UN Public Service Award


Dubai Smart Government (DSG) Department won an international award at the United Nations Public Service Awards 2013 in the category "Promoting Whole-of-Government Approaches in the Information Age" for the Western Asia region.

This international recognition of excellence in public service was presented to Dubai Smart Government by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations (UN).

The award was received by a team from the Communication and Business Development Department at a special ceremony in Bahrain on 23rd June 2013, also known as United Nations Public Service Day. Previously, the team made a presentation to the visitors of the exhibition held on the sidelines of the ceremony which focused on the electronic shared services (ESS) and smart phone applications provided by DSG to government entities in addition to the official portal of the Government of Dubai (, which offers eServices to Dubai government entities in one place.

Commenting on the award for DSG, Ahmad bin Humaidan, Director-General at Dubai Smart Government, said, "This award is the fruit of our co-operation with our partners of government entities in the eTransformation process since its start in 2000. We were also delighted to note that the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, in his welcome message on the occasion of United Nations Public Service Day, said that the winners of the UN Public Service Award have set an example in improving delivery, promoting accountability and that our innovative approach to public governance was building a better future for all." bin Humaidan added, "During our nomination process to the UN, we showed how our electronic shared services were adopted and used across 56 government entities in Dubai to achieve back-office operational efficiencies and significant cost savings for the government. This translates into streamlined and automated customer services that enable us to give satisfaction and win the trust of customers. In addition, we get regular delegations from brotherly Arab countries wishing to benefit from learning how to create centrally managed ESS and redirect cost savings towards other public welfare schemes. These ESS have also helped us reduce our carbon emissions due to a single highly utilised infrastructure for multiple government entities resulting in a smart government that is also environmentally sustainable in line with the criteria taken into account by the UN while recognising the efforts of the winners." The UN Public Service Awards 2013 is an international event designed to promote and support innovations in public service delivery worldwide.

DEWA wins 5 star rating in health and safety from British Safety Council


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won a 5 star rating in health and safety from the British Safety Council for 2013 in recognition of its commitment to excellence and leadership.

DEWA won the rating in addition to receiving the Sword of Honour from 2007 to 2012, which is awarded only to institutions of excellence around the world recognising their efforts in maintaining the highest standards of health and safety in the work environment. DEWA was the only service-based organisation to win the prestigious award in the Middle East and North Africa.

"Our newest achievement is a result of adopting best international standards in the field of health and safety, as part of our strategy to promote a culture of maintaining health and safety standards, and providing a healthy work environment for DEWA's employees, contractors, and customers," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD '&' CEO of DEWA.

"We have won the 5 star rating from 2002; underlining the success of our efforts and initiatives in the fields of health and safety. We look forward to achieving more honours, and to work to the highest levels of performance and improvement, continuously developing the work environment," he added.

"It is in our best interest in DEWA to save life and property. We can achieve this only by following the highest international standards and best practices, and following up on performance improvement. This requires total knowledge of the risks surrounding the work environment and taking all safety precautions to accomplish our safety goals to avoid injury and accidents, and save lives and property. We ensure the safety standards by designing and implementing a modern risk management plan. Top management is committed to this and encourages all staff to follow it," said Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, EVP of Business Support and VP of Human Resources.


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