Qatar 2022 World Cup: Qatar to Accommodate Soccer Fans with Floating Hotels

Aerial View of Doha, Qatar; Courtesy of Flickr User Oryx; Licensed via Creative Commons

In response to the mounting criticism of Qatar’s ability to host the 2022 World Cup, the “tiny Gulf Arab state” is considering developing floating hotels, luxury villas and a water park off the coast of Doha called Oryx Island to house the influx of visitors that will need accommodation during the games.  As stated by the WSJ, the island would be developed by Barwa Real Estate Co, a local firm partly-owned by the government, at a cost of $5.5 million. 

The concept of the floating hotel can be developed as a space-saving, energy-efficient structure that will provide off-shore hospitality.  In addition to amenities featured at hotels constructed on land, the floating hotels of Oryx Island are proposing to provide electrical vehicles, water taxis, ferries and private boats to transport its 25,000 visitors to the mainland.  The hotel will have an independent sewage treatment plant, power generation and recycling possibilities, freeing it from the limitations of the infrastructure in the surrounding area. 

The project is slated for completion in seven to eight years, well within the time frame for the upcoming .  The development is expected to expand the country’s GDP and provide economic growth for years ahead.

Stay tuned as we hear more about this project.

Reference: Sigge ArchitectsWall Street Journal, SKIFT

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "Qatar 2022 World Cup: Qatar to Accommodate Soccer Fans with Floating Hotels" 10 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Philip

    I think ‘Floating Hotels’ already exist they are called Cruise Ships or in the old days liners, for the few weeks involved the more sustainable thing would be to hire a fleet of Cruise Ships

  • Nig Bipples

    I think $5.5 million dollars for entire floating islands is very reasonable!

    • grz

      they should revisit the source material…
      “Barwa Real Estate Co., a local firm partly-owned by the government, is planning to develop an island, which will feature five floating hotels, luxury villas and a water park, off the coast of Doha at a cost of about $5.5 billion.”

  • WE

    Well, once the ‘powers that be’ get that pesky Syrian thing under control Qatar can commence with their natural gas pipeline. This will make Europe very happy and Qatar very wealthy. So yes, this project will happen.