Qatar is most known for its capital city Doho, which showcases an impressive array of modern attractions and infrastructure that rivals any other city in Qatar or the region. Highlights include a world-class medical center, a world-leading journalism school, and one of Arabia’s most vibrant shopping districts – all within walking distance from each other. Furthermore, they are preparing to debut a floating hotel in 2025 that will be the first of its kind—combining luxury, innovation, and complete sustainability.
The Eco-Floating Hotel is built to operate only on clean energy with zero waste. Designed in 2020 by the Turkish firm Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS), their goal was to find innovative ways to generate enough power for the hotel with minimum energy loss, using only natural elements – the sun, water, and wind. The 5-Star Hotel is not only poised to be a pioneer in green technology but will offer an unparalleled level of comfort and a unique island-like experience for its guests.
The 152-room hotel’s circular architecture generates its own electricity by rotating around itself using dynamic positioning powered by the sea’s water currents. This Vertical Axis Wind Turbine and Umbrella (VAWTAU) system performs like a wind turbine and can produce 25 kilowatts of clean electricity from its 55 VAWTAU modules.
Zero waste was another consideration HAADS embedded into its design principles, evident in its unique glass rooftop. Its shape is inspired by a whirlpool vortex, which functions to collect rainwater for reuse throughout the hotel.
Sustainability wasn’t the only factor when the architects decided to integrate this unconventional design. It will offer all of the luxury accommodations that one can expect from a 5-Star Hotel, including a spa, sauna, gym, mini golf course, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. They also wanted to provide a one-of-a-kind experience that allows guests to feel like they are on an island in the best possible way.
Each of its 152 rooms has its own balconies that give guests everchanging panoramic views of Doha’s coastline and the Inland Sea. The hotel is surrounded by a 140-degree pier that provides land access and docking bays for boats and a helipad on the dock.
By using any means necessary – sea, wind, and solar power – HAADS ensured their hotel would keep its green appeal without sacrificing the signature services and accommodations that the guests expect from a five-star hotel. Qatar’s Eco Floating Hotel is scheduled to open by 2025.