A photo shows an underwater tennis stadium in Dubai.
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Social media users recently shared a photo that allegedly shows an underwater tennis stadium in Dubai.
Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. The image shows a design template.
Dubai’s Underwater Stadium
Misbar’s team found that the Polish architect Christophe Kotala, founder of 8 + 8 Concept Studio, has proposed building an underwater complex between Burj Al Arab and Dubai's Palm Jumeirah islands.
Kotala's design proposal includes seven arenas with a carbon fiber glass dome over the stadium, located on the sea floor within a coral reef off the coast of Dubai, near the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel. The idea behind the proposal is to combine the best of technology, ecology, and sport.
Under Water Tennis Stadium Project Development Concerns
Although the idea of an underwater tennis court has attracted interest, it has also raised many technical concerns for engineers and developers. One of the main concerns is the transparent roof that would require a continuous pane of glass at least 108 feet wide and weigh "perhaps a hundred tons" to accommodate the stadium and spectators. The structure would need to be able to withstand earthquakes and tsunamis, and an effective connection to the roof as an emergency exit would need to be in place.
Additionally, structure specialists have raised concerns about the ability of tennis players to play in such a structure where it would be difficult to control the refraction of light. Development of the underwater tennis court is also very expensive, and it has not made progress in attracting investors or obtaining official approvals from the Dubai authorities.