Craig Is Moving to Dubai!

hydropolis.jpgI love being out to sea, 2 months on a research vessel is heaven. I eagerly read about projects like Freedom Ship and Trilobis and await the days I can shed my terrestrial dwelling. I tried to convince my wife that we should live in an houseboat…we still live on land. With forward politics and Hydropolis and I may be moving to the middle east.

From the industrious Prince of Dubai, who brought the eighth wonder of the world-the Palm Jumeirah, comes the world’s first underwater luxury hotel. The key here is luxury…this is no rennovated research shack like the Jules Underwater Hotel. This is the Waldorf-Astoria 20m down. It will include three sections: the land station, where guests will arrive, the connecting tunnel, which will transport people by train to the main area , and 220 suites within the submarine leisure complex. It is one of the largest contemporary construction projects in the world, covering an area of 260 hectares, about the size of London’s Hyde Park. As always, monetary donations are welcome to send Peter and I to work on our tans, research, and a review for DSN.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

4 comments on “Craig Is Moving to Dubai!
  1. I prefer my ocean nomadism vessel to be either cutting-edge, science-driven high-tech working with nature, like the Sea Orbiter, or ancient-edge, human-driven high-tech sensing in nature, like a
    Vaka, whose kin wayfound across one-third the globe for 1,000 years.

    Beaucoup, as they’ll no doubt say on it, Sea Orbiter pics in photo stock at Planete Bleue
    [[http://www[dot]planete-bleue-images[dot]com/10,,75,[dot]html]], more organic-inspired sea dwelling designs at the architect’s website [[http://perso[dot]orange[dot]fr/rougerie[dot]com/]], a cutaway of Sea Orbiter [[http://www[dot]artezia[dot]net/technologies/sea-orbiter/sea-orbiter[dot]htm”]], and two Vakas for sale [[http://www[dot]aloha[dot]net/~vaka/tmodel[dot]html]].

    Off we go onto the wild blue under in cool, elegant works of art. Especially crab claw sails.

  2. Did Dubai also fund research that has — at last! — discovered a way to make water transparent?

    If not, how are you going to work on your tan, 20 m down? or even up on the roof, what, 5 m down?

    I mean, the amount of time you can hold your breath is a LOT shorter than the amount of time that any measurable UV will hit your skin, even under just 2 m of coastal seawater.
    Even with a hookah rig, you’d have to stay there for DAYS. You’d get wrinkly.

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