Extravagant architecture and futuristic urban planning characterize the face of Dubai, one of the world’s most dynamic metropoles. Dubai has the only seven-star hotel in the world, the biggest gold market in the Middle East, a bustling economy and an abundance of leisure opportunities. And the latest futuristic project – Palm Islands – is already being celebrated as the Eighth Wonder of the World. In order to lengthen the emirate’s current 70-kilometer coastline, two 10-kilometer long islands are being built in the shape of palm trees which will increase Dubai’s shoreline by 120 kilometers. This Monaco of the Orient will be ready in the course of 2004 to welcome wealthy visitors with beautiful sandy beaches and noble villas, luxury hotels and leisure areas. And this emirate of unlimited possibilities will attract attention in the near future with an even more spectacular alternative. Hydropolis, a luxury underwater hotel, is due to be opened in late 2006 at a depth of 20 meters around 300 meters off Dubai’s Jumeirah coastline.