Saudi Crown Prince MBS is developing a project that even goes beyond science fiction: an upside-down luxury skyscraper built into a 450-meter-tall mountain. This unique structure can only be accessed by a specially designed vessel, which is to be boarded from the world’s first floating marina.

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Saudi Arabia’s Neom, with its majestic mountains and natural beauty, is the perfect recipe for a haven filled with solace, luxury, and a world pleasantly disconnected from the realities of daily life. This sanctuary, known as Aquellum, offers everything one desires on vacation and more. It goes beyond being a 5-star hotel; it transcends a typical boat trip. Aquellum is an experience nestled within 450-meter-high mountains in northwest Saudi Arabia. The mystique of this development begins with the way visitors access the spot. They pass through an underground canal and floating marina, the only one of its kind in the world. A specially designed vessel transports the group to a world of wonder.

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Aquellum comprises an exhilarating 100-meter-high vertical experience with an impressive courtyard. The subterranean digitalized community provides top-notch hotel accommodations and luxurious apartments for visitors. The space is dotted with retail spaces, leisure, and entertainment zones.

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A highlight of this futuristic utopia is a signature space called ‘The Generator,’ which includes research labs for innovators and creative thinkers. It’s indeed a magical space, creatively designed to foster even more creativity. An internal transit system assists residents and guests in navigating between upper floors, homes, hotels, and rooftop gardens.

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“Aquellum is an ultra-luxury upside-down skyscraper. The façade faces inwards instead of outwards. Things are inside out and upside down,” according to a promotional video. “Visitors will embark on an extraordinary journey, beginning at the world’s first floating marina.


Here, guests will board a specially designed vessel to enter Aquellum through a concealed underground canal, revealing a hidden community that offers an incredible sensory journey,” states the promotional material. Aquellum joins a host of outstanding developments that make the most of the coastal location, such as Leyja, Epicon, Siranna, Utamo, and Norlana, all located in the Gulf of Aqaba.

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