Qatar has been donned the massive gift of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and it hasn’t come without its fair share of controversy. Assuming the plans proceed as scheduled, visitors to the capital Doha will have the opportunity to stay in a number of architecturally audacious hotels and resorts built solely for FIFA’s most famed event.
Chief among them is Amphibious 1000, described by designers Giancarlo Zema Design Group as a luxury “semisubmerged hotel resort”. With the core of the development flanked by two curling, kilometre-long arms, it would comprise four complementary but distinct hotels and would incorporate floating suites with underwater views of the surrounding artificial reef, a collection of aquariums and a museum.
Guests would be transported around the development by electricl vehicles or small hydrogen-powered engines complete with underwater observation decks.
Similarly unusual but perhaps more elegant is the Silver Pearl Hotel, plans for which have been submitted by New York-based M.Castedo Architects. The expansive property would stand about a mile from the coastline and would be composed of two semicircular 30-storey towers separated by a vaulted atrium. Bedrooms and suites, of which there could be as many as 1,000, would reference Qatar’s cultural heritage and editions, and at night the structure would be illuminated. Designers say its reflection would create “an illusion of a shimmering pearl glowing brightly in the Arabian Sea.”
One issue facing the potential construction of the properties is that they may suffer from low rates of occupancy once the World Cup has passed. Some Britons may find complications in procuring alcohol a deterrent should they consider visiting. Arabian Business reported in April that Qatari hotels were directed by the Qatar Tourism Authority to enforce restrictions on the sale of alcohol in the nine days leading up to this year’s Eid Al Adha. The Pearl, a growing artificial island development in Doha that features restaurants, cafes and hotels, was banned from selling alcohol in 2011. Temperatures in summer can easily exceed 40C (104F).
Among the Qatari attractions currently garnering global praise is Doha’s peerless Museum of Islamic Art. A spectacular I.M. Pei-designed building facing the city’s rapidly changing skyline. The city already features other landmark buildings by the likes of Jean Nouvel and Rem Koolhaas, while companies such as Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, St. Regis and Kempinski already operate luxury hotels locally.
If you are planning to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, you may as well spend it in luxurious style. These proposed hotels of the future will pave a new path for luxury architecture, and you can be one of the first to experience it. Until that time comes, we at TheR8 have you covered with the next best options around the world, all for the cheapest rates possible.
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Resource References: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/travel/71210/dohas-audacious-hotel-proposals.html