IN PICS: More than a dozen floating hotels are being built to make room for FIFA World Cup 2022 fans in Qatar
- Qatar’s Qetaifan Projects has partnered with ADMARES to set up ‘floating hotels’ that will help accommodate the influx of fans during the
FIFA World Cupin 2022.
- These hotels will float on the water and can be moved to other coastal locations once the month-long tournament is over.
- Here are some pictures that show what the fleet of floating hotels will look like once it’s completed.
Qatar’s Qetaifan Projects has partnered ADMARES, a company based in Finland that specialises in ‘floating real estate’, to set up these hotels.
The accommodation has been a concern with respect to Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022. There are currently fewer than 40,000 hotel rooms in the country. However, reports say organisers have plans to jump that up to 70,000 before the sporting event kicks off.
Qatar has plans to accommodate fans on cruise ships and in tented villages to expand its capacity.
Even then, more than a million people are expected to attend the month-long tournament.
These 16 hotels will add to Qetaifan Project’s Island North project whose aim is to serve the tourism, hospitality and entertainment sectors of Qatar.
Unlike the Taj Lake Palace— also called a ‘floating hotel’ — these sixteen floating hotels will actually rest on the water
They don’t require major ports or deep water to accommodate themAdvertisement
The floating hotels are around 72 metres long and 16 metres wide
Each hotel has 101 guest rooms, a restaurant and a lounge barAdvertisement
All hotels will be identical and offer a total of 1616 rooms
This is the first time that floating real estate has been used as a temporary solution for accommodation at this scale, according to ADMARESAdvertisement
Once the World Cup is over, they can be placed at any coastal location where the water is at least 4-metres deep
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