Is Dubai’s Underwater Tennis Court Too Good to Be True?

May 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm |

Dubai is currently one of the coolest, wealthiest, and most rapidly-growing cities in the world. Among its many impressive features, Dubai boasts the world’s only seven-star hotel, the world’s tallest building, and islands shaped like palm trees and the world. But could it now become home to the world’s first underwater tennis court?

Imagine watching the best tennis players on the planet while surrounded by 180 degrees of views of the Persian Gulf and its bountiful marine life. The Polish concept studio 8+8 has proposed some stunning concept art for a massive underwater tennis court, saying “This will be something original. It should be somewhere where there is the tradition of tennis. Dubai is perfect for this idea.”

8+8 is currently looking for investors, but could their idea remain fiction? Naturally, the proposal has met with major criticism that cites the massive amounts of architectural challenges facing such an endeavor.

Foremost among the arguments against the feasibility of building the court are concerns about the glass ceiling. According to experts, the best option for the dome above the court would be an arched-roof measuring at least 108 feet wide made of one single pane of glass. The roof would have to be several feet thicker at either end than it would be in the center, possibly weighing a hundred tons.

The next problem would be the issue of light refraction through the glass. Depending on the outside weather and conditions of the Persian Gulf as well as the glass ceiling, the sunlight coming into the court could either be too dim to play or absolutely blinding.


See the amazing pictures of the proposed underwater tennis court in Dubai. Could this become a reality?