City Beneath the Sea


Yet another bizarre proprietary community in Dubai: Hydropolis, "the world's first luxury underwater hotel." Here's how the structure is supposed to look when it's completed:


For more on Dubai's wonderfully weird construction projects, go here and here.

[Via Max Raskin.]

Update: In other underwater phallic news, the London Times reports that the "Manufacturers of some of the world's most exclusive underwater conveyances are boasting of the sexual possibilities of submersible cabins equipped with 'large panoramic viewports' that allow exhibitionists to indulge their fantasies in front of an audience of dolphins and lobsters." Naturally, the article cites the founder of "Exomos, a Dubai-based company that builds personal submarines." Is Dubai the hub of every bizarre business in the world?

"There are estimated to be at least 100 mini-submarines in private hands," the Times continues, "ranging from small one-man submersibles to 200ft floating palaces that can dive to 1,000ft." But before you start weaving a sex scene into your favorite Nemo/Celine fantasy of oceanic liberty, here's some cold water:

Bruce Jones, president of US Submarines, a Seattle-based luxury builder, said he had heard of underwater romance being interrupted by curious dolphins.

"Dolphins are easily excited when they sense people making love," Jones said. "They get jealous and bang their noses on the windows."