The floating resort, called the Sea Palace, is being constructed by Seagate Shipyard, an Emirati ship-building company. The resort will consist of a luxury hotel surrounded by six floating houses, which can detach and set sail on their own. The architecture was inspired by glass-bottom boats, and the houses will have see-through floors and furniture designed by Aston Martin. The houses are operated by automatic smart systems and include self-sterilizing air filters, solar energy panels, and garbage recycling systems.
Dubai reopened to travelers in July, and visitors are required to get a PCR test for COVID-19 within 96 hours of their flight’s departure. The emirate also announced new visas for digital nomads and remote workers that don’t require an Emirati sponsor but give visitors access to benefits, such as opening a bank account and enrolling children in local schools, that were previously only afforded to residents.