The floating hotels will be linked to the mainland by boats and new transit lines in Qatar. The hotels will be accompanied by luxury apartments and are part of a new island called Oryx Island off the coast of Doha.
This new island will be equipped with its own utilities and power, and these new hotel buildings will exist entirely off Qatar’s grid. The hotel will have an independent sewage treatment plant, power generation and recycling possibilities.
Designed to be luxurious in nature, the interiors depict modern design with large expansive glass walls to take in the ocean views. The hope and promise is that this island can be repurposed for future events and can be towed to another location.
The Barwa Real Estate Company will be developing Oryx Island at a cost of $5.5 million.
The floating hotels make for an ideal solution to the continual need for housing during Qatar’s melting ice-cap era, although the environmental impact of the hotels is fairly unclear—the island will most likely affect the stability of the marine life, environmental quality, and water quality of the area.