Cover Here's what to expect from Qatar's upcoming floating hotel project (Photo: Courtesy of Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio)

The unique circular-shaped hotel will feature a range of rooms complete with luxury amenities, which could also generate its own electricity with the help of solar, wind and tidal energy

Known as one of the world’s biggest holders of natural gas and oil reserves, Qatar has long been synonymous with wealth and luxury—a destination that appeals to discerning travellers with a taste for the finer things in life. So, it should come as no surprise that the Middle Eastern country will become home to a fancy eco-floating hotel. 

Designed by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS), the hotel will feature a sustainable spinning design that can help generate its own electricity via solar, wind and tidal energy, with no waste from the structure going to the landfill or harming the environment. The vortex shape of the roof would be used to collect rainwater for irrigating the greenery, where carefully designed solar panels and wind turbines are also available to provide power. 

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Spanning over 35,000 square meters, the hotel, which is only accessible by a pier connected to the shore, helicopter or boat, will feature a massive 700-square-metre lobby area and 152 rooms that complete with private balconies for guests to enjoy sweeping sea views from different perspectives as the structure revolves. That’s not all, the hotel will also include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, gym and even a miniature golf course. 

According to the design studio HAADS, the project is still in its initial concept process. Technical and feasibility and technical studies will be carried out continuously in order to realise the implementation phase by 2025. Although international travel is still off the cards and we might not be able to book a flight to Qatar soon, we can still dream and plan about future getaways and add this hotel to our post-pandemic travel bucket list.  

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