This is a really innovative looking project, designed by Rome-based Giancarlo Zema Design Group and commissioned by Seaquest Marine Technology Plc, for Qatar and Saudi Arabia way back in 2008 that would cost a whopping USD500 million!
It’s a luxury semisubmerged hotel resort with floating suites, which we’ve all got to admit, would be something pretty special. According to the design agency’s plans, on land would be residences, office blocks and a marina with a ‘flexible’ harbour which would all run in a semi circle around a tower and restaurant. In the sea, they designed four semisubmerged hotels with underwater halls, each with 75 suites. The team writes, ‘The hotels are situated around a central public welcome area that has an interactive museum on water life and water exhibition galleries, large perimetral acquariums [sic] and a glass tunnel that leads to the underwater observatory.’ There would also be fitness areas, gardens and an outdoor theatre with a moving stage that opens on to the sea.
As if that’s not enough, they also threw in some 80 floating suites called ‘Jellyfish’ with underwater views and lighthouses attached to their floating platforms. So, how would you get to all of this? By 20-metre aluminum yachts called ‘Trilobis’ of course!
We couldn’t find any mention of if and when this project is actually being built, and we contacted the commissioning company to no avail, but it would certainly be an awesome development if anyone did decide to go ahead with it. We bagsie the first Jellyfish!
Three more in brief
A massive multi-billion dollar project near Al Khor was pending approval to start last year, Doha News reported. The year before, the Peninsula newspaper had reported that this development, which is linked to Qatar Foundation, would be built in several phases and include expertise from NASA, a research facility for satellite and space sciences, as well as a science museum that would be open to the public. We can’t find any record of a mention since, and more details were not available, but we think this one is a must-do!
It is meant to be the longest causeway in the world, approximately 40 kilometres, linking the two countries and at one point was known as the ‘friendship bridge’ but ever since it was announced in 2008 it has seen lengthy delays. The Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Ali Al Khalifa visited Qatar in February and the Peninsula quoted him as saying it would definitely be going ahead. He said to Al Arab newspaper, ‘The causeway will be built for sure but I cannot give the exact time to start the project.’
Banana Island is a 120,000 square metre strip of land that is around 11 kilometres off Doha’s eastern coast and developers UrbaCon General Contracting (UCC) are reportedly building a five-star island resort property on it. According to Hotelier Middle East, it will have 11 luxury waterfront villas, 34 chalets and a 72-room hotel. Unfortunately we were unable to get any information from UCC as they declined to provide us with it but on their website they mention the Anantara Doha Island Resort with construction images and the finished product looks like the lap of luxury.