The future is now! What will the world look like in 50 years? How will transportation and hotels change? In this blog post, I discuss how these two industries will evolve. I believe that there could be a mix of both autonomous vehicles and hotels with robot concierge service. The most popular form of transportation for travel might just be teleportation – who knows?! Let’s take a look at what the future might hold for us.
Hydropolis – Dubai
The city of Dubai has the vision to become a tourism destination for leisure, entertainment, sports, and romantic trips too. By 2030, Dubai intends to attract 20 million tourists a year. Visitors will then be able to stay in this underwater hotel which is still under construction.
It will be on the Jumeirah beach and have 65 spheres with everything from restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, and experiences visitors can enjoy undersea. It will be open 24 hours and the difference between the temperature (68 degrees) in Dubai and in the hotel’s main area which is 36 meters below sea level will make for a pleasant experience, without any rough weather or water currents to interfere with your stay.
Just off the Jumeirah coast, Hydropolis will include a large submarine complex housing individual underwater villas. The plan is to connect this major underwater structure to the “land station” through an impressive tunnel.
Mimicking natural shapes, Hydropolis takes the form of a collection of bubbles and curves, designed to provide maximum resistance against the pressure created by seawater. To complement the feel of being near a water-filled habitat, this hotel will feature observation domes with an expansive view of the water and its inhabitants.
Though the domes are large enough for waves to pass under them, one actually has a retractable roof so people can be inside it and have an unobstructed view of the sky.
Jean-Marie Massaud’s most daring project to date is the design of an eco-friendly Zeppelin for travel aimed at the luxury market.
The famous designer has been working with the French Aerospace Lab ONERA to design air cruises that would be as appealing as an expensive hotel stay. The only hurdle blocking this from happening is the cost of bringing such a jet to life—equivalent in costs to that of an Airbus 320.
In the same vein as a private yacht, the Manned Cloud has a starting price that’s estimated to be $10-13 billion USD. This ship would allow its privileged guests to enjoy a round-the-world cruise in only three days while staying aboard.
MagLev technology revolutionizes land transportation and is able to match the reliability of traditional rail systems without compromising safety. The all-time fastest MagLev train, Shinkansen in Japan, is six years old and reached a top speed of 575km/h six years ago
The only commercial MagLev line currently operating in the world is located in Shanghai, China; two more experimental lines are working in Germany and Japan.
Furthermore, Japan announced ambitious plans to replace its entire rail system with MagLev technology trains starting in 2025.
Aerion Supersonic Business
It is no coincidence that Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Rashid has placed the first order for the gorgeous Aerion Supersonic Business Jet. He has paid USD 250,000 in advance for a total estimated amount of USD 80 million!
The mighty supersonic jet flies over 7,800 kilometers and can hold up to 12 passengers in its obscenely luxurious cabin.
This means that very soon it will be possible—at least for the Sheikh— to take off from Paris at 8 am for a breakfast meeting in Manhattan.
And this will be accomplished with operating costs equivalent to today’s large business jets.
The bottom line? It is like nothing before, but may well herald the shape of business travel for decades into the future.
Oasis of the Seas
Offering 7-star luxuries on the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience on its long-awaited maiden voyage.
You will spend the night in a floating underwater hotel and a custom-built submarine will deliver you to your door. At just 75 meters from the dock, it is a pampered escape that is also an efficient use of space at sea. The main living area — called “The Village” — includes shops, bars, and lounges. Guests arrive by catamaran or helicopter and leave on another sub.
The launch of the Oasis will be nothing short of a milestone as it is the world’s largest cruise ship, weighing in at 229,000 tons. It will carry 5,400 passengers but don’t expect too many in your suite or you’ll have to fight over the deck chair. Among other features, it will have a nine-hole golf course and its own water park! The Oasis will reach a speed of 20 knots or 23 miles per hour and burn only 1 gallon of fuel for every 600 gallons consumed.
Featuring seven thematic areas, the luxury vessel will have the largest pool ever on a ship, an impressive AquaTheatre, three cinemas, a library, an authentic carousel, as well as many shops, bars, and clubs.
A real sailing city with 16 decks, 2,700 cabins, and 28 lofts, gardens, and rich tropic vegetation.
A must-have for fashionable ecologists, Aptera-2e offers a taste of future technology. Its structure, which is highly resistant to crash tests, was designed in the same way as a plane without wings.
With its three wheels and electric engine, it can travel 190km with a 3-4 hour battery charge and reach a speed of 140km/h.
Its solar-paneled roof will provide energy for the air conditioning unit. With the autonomy of some 1,000km, this vehicle is the most efficient car in the world.