Hydropolis – Dubai
Dubai, aka the Las Vegas of the Middle East, will house the next over-the-top hotel of the future: the world’s most ambitious underwater luxury hotel designed by Joachim Hauser. What separates Hydropolis, which was announced in 2003 but remains in the planning stage, from other underwater hotels (a small one is already open in Florida and some others under construction) is its superlative structure. The main submarine complex, located just off Jumeirah coast, will host separate underwater villas and be connected to the “land station” through a magnificent tunnel. Mimicking natural forms, Hydropolis is shaped like a collection of bubbles and curves designed to provide maximum resistance against the pressure of seawater. The hotel, which has already been compared to a sea turtle, will feature a pair of observation domes with an expansive view of the water and its inhabitants. The domes are large enough to emerge above the waves. One even has a retractable roof, allowing people to be surrounded by the ocean while looking directly at the sky!
A Zeppelin-style, white whale-like, eco-friendly airship aimed at the luxury market of the future is perhaps Jean-Marie Massaud’s most daring and ambitious project to date. The famous designer has been working with the French Aerospace Lab ONERA in the hope of one-day realizing air cruises on a flying hotel. The only obstacle blocking his (and our) dream is the iniquitous cost of bringing it to life—equal to that of an Airbus 320. In the same vein as a private yacht, the Manned Cloud, with its 60 rooms, bears a price tag of an estimated 10-13 billion euros but would allow its privileged guests to enjoy a non-stop round-the-world journey in only three days while staying aboard.
MagLev (Magnetic Levitation) technology revolutionizes land transportation without compromising safety. The absolute speed record is held by the pivotal Japanese MagLev train Shinkansen, which six years ago reached a speed of almost 575km/h! Currently, the only commercial line using MagLev technology is in Shanghai, China, while two more experimental lines are working in Germany and Japan. Moreover. Japan has just announced an ambitious plan to replace its entire rail system with MagLev technology trains, starting in 2025
Aerion Supersonic Business
It’s no coincidence that Sheikh Rashid, Dubai’s ruler, has placed the first order for the gorgeous Aerion Supersonic Business Jet, paying USD 250,000 in advance for a total estimated amount of USD 80,000,000! Small, flexible and extremely fast, the formidable supersonic jet will be able to carry eight to twelve passengers in an environment of sheer luxury, covering distances of up to 7,800km on one tank of fuel. 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, planned for December 12. The new chapter in maritime transport history will be written at sea by the “Oasis of the Seas”, which will be 36 meters long and will host a large green area, nice parks and many entertainment options for its up to 5,400 guests. 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. Welcome a real sailing city with 16 decks, 2,700 cabins and 28 lofts, gardens and rich tropic vegetation
Astrium jet set
to enjoy three minutes at zero gravity. Trips will start in a few years and will last about three hours each. Αstrium Jet is a hybrid, something between an aircraft and a rocket, with a cost expected to exceed one billion euros. Renowned designer Marc Newson, the man behind the space-craft’s amazing interior aesthetics, has already reserved a place for the maiden trip.
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 autonomy of some 1,000km, this vehicle is the most efficient car in the world. Currently, it has only been approved in California