The 220-suite, bubble-like Hydropolis Hotel is to float just below the waters off the coast of Dubai’s upscale Jumeirah area.

The hotel, the brainchild of German investor, designer and architect Joachim Hauser is scheduled to open late 2006.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to promote Dubai as a perfect hub to attract investments in projects across all sectors,” said Salem bin Dasmal, deputy director general of the Dubai Development and Investment Authority.

Until now, such projects were owned and run by governmental or semi-governmental entities.

Hauser registered the company for his hotel in a Dubai free enterprise zone, giving him total control.

Dubai, the trade hub of the UAE, is seen as the business centre for the Arab world.