It’s no secret Dubai is nudging the world’s architectural arms race forward. The Emirate already has the globe beat in the tallest building category — with the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa — and the outrageous island bracket (see: the Palm Jumeirah, a mesmerizing, frond-shaped archipelago of isles). But conquering the land and sky is not enough — Dubai now sets its sights under the sea.
The opening chess move: luxury underwater suites at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel, located at the Palm Jumeirah’s apex. The two rooms, named Poseidon and Neptune, offer floor-to-ceiling views into the 65,000 marine animal-rich Ambassador Lagoon. Immerse yourself in three storeys and 1,776 square feet of Jules Verne-esque sunken wonder, replete with an open-plan living room, a private lift and scores of sharks and stingrays at eye level. Subaquatic colonization looks about as fun as everyone thought it would.