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Qatar to Create 16 Floating Hotels for the FIFA World Cup 2022

Qatar to Create 16 Floating Hotels for the FIFA World Cup 2022

Located on Qetaifan Island North in proximity to Lusail International Stadium, which will host the opening and final games of the FIFA World Cup 2022, ADMARES and Sigge Architects are developing 16 floating hotels to serve tourists and fans that will be visiting Qatar.

Courtesy of ADMARES
Courtesy of ADMARES

Expecting a huge crowd of people, the Qetaifan Island North, the city’s main waterfront destination, is planned in order to provide “all the needs of the masses and tourists; with projects, facilities, and entertainment activities in addition to the fan villages during the tournament, which will include the floating hotels”. The hosting island spans approximately 1.3 million square meters with 830,000 square meters of attractions and seven beaches. With minimum ecological impact, the floating hotels are a sustainable solution to accommodate a large number of people.

Creating new valuable real estate on water, ADMARES generates innovative floating or pile-supported structures. The real estate company has teamed up with Finnish architect firm, Sigge Architects to design a modern and urban floating development, near Lusail City in Qatar. The 16 identical floating hotels, take on a unique design, with each building covering 72-meter-long and 16-meter-wide. Consisting of 101 guest rooms, a restaurant, and a lounge bar each, all of the 16 four-story hotels will offer a total of 1616 floating hotel rooms.

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Courtesy of ADMARES

This is the first time ever that pure floating real estate has been used as a temporary solution for accommodation needs at this scale. These hotels do not require major ports and deep water as their draft is significantly less than large cruise ships […] after the World Cup, the hotels can be placed at any coastal location where the water is at least 4 meters (13 feet) deep. We are excited to be part of the solution for the amount of accommodation needed for the FIFA World Cup 2022. -- Mikael Hedberg, CEO of ADMARES.

In preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, a memorandum of understanding was signed between ADMARES and Qetaifan Projects. It includes the construction and operation of 16 floating hotels on the shores of Qetaifan Island North to provide accommodation for the masses within the fan villages. Constructions are scheduled for completion right in time for the 2022 World Cup.

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Cite: Christele Harrouk. "Qatar to Create 16 Floating Hotels for the FIFA World Cup 2022" 18 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/933881/qatar-to-create-16-floating-hotels-for-the-fifa-world-cup-2022> ISSN 0719-8884

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