“A floating hotel is a viable option for areas where land is scarce, fully developed or challenging to develop,” said real estate and construction company Admares.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on February 13, 2020

To help accommodate the tens of thousands of football fans expected to travel to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, 16 floating hotels are being built by Finnish firm Sigge Architect and real estate and construction company Admares.

Qatar is doubling its number of hotel rooms and guest apartments in readiness for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be played over 28 days in late November until mid-December. There are to be 140 new properties and the floating hotels, all identical, will be built off Qetaifan Island North, which is close to Lusail International Stadium, where the opening and final games of the twenty-second FIFA World Cup will be held.

“The hotels have a unique design; 72 metres long and 16 metres wide, each consisting of 101 guest rooms, a restaurant and a lounge bar,” said Sigge Architect.

The prime real estate will also boast a further five-star facility including a spa, nightclub and rooftop pool.

Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup

The hotels, with a total of 1,616 rooms, can be situated anywhere with a body of water that is at least approximately four metres deep.

“A floating hotel is a viable option for areas where land is scarce, fully developed or challenging to develop,” said Admares.

The regulations between countries for a floating hotel are different.

“We had to take care of all the regulations so they can be placed in all different locations,” said Jani Vahala, partner at Sigge Architect.

The aesthetic is minimalist, mixing warm woods and white walls. The exterior was designed to look like layered stories, with each floor a little different from the others. Vahala said his company’s architects were also influenced by local traditions, pointing to the mashrabiya-inspired element wraps around the first floor of the four-story buildings.

The materials were chosen because of the maritime environment.

“We tend to use wood,” said Vahala. “The conditions can be quite harsh. Glass can be difficult because of salt water. White steel is very often used in our designs.”

Each hotel will be solar powered and assembled off-site to minimize impact to the environment.