Qatar is building 16 floating hotels with more than 1,600 rooms as it prepares for the 1.5 million soccer fans expected to visit during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Designed by the Finnish architecture firm, Sigge Architects, each floating hotel will be 72 meters long, 16 meters wide and four stories high, with 101 rooms, a restaurant and a bar.They will float off the coast of Qetaifan Island North, a 1.3-square-kilometer island with seven beaches. The island is just 15 minutes from Lusail Stadium, where the opening and final games of the World Cup will be played.
Large cruise ships, like the 2,700-room Symphony of the Seas — the world’s largest cruise ship — can only stop at ports with at least 9 meters of water. But Qatar’s floating hotels will need just 4 meters of water — which will allow them to be taken away and used on almost any other coast after the world cup is over.
Many of Qatar’s World Cup facilities will be reusable. After the World Cup, most of the 80,000 seats at Lusail Stadium will be taken out and given to other sports projects, and the stadium will become a community space with schools, shops, cafes, sports facilities and health clinics.
The 40,000-seat Ras Abu Aboud, a proposed football stadium to be built in Doha, will be made from about 1,000 shipping containers that will become bathrooms, offices and other rooms. When the World Cup is over, the stadium can be taken apart to make several smaller facilities or moved to another country for another event.
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