Katara plans spectacular $1.6 billion Doha hotel

Hotel rising out of sea will have more than 1000 rooms ready for 2022 World Cup

A rendering of the planned Silver Pearl Hotel
A rendering of the planned Silver Pearl Hotel

A New York-based architectural firm has unveiled plans for a stunning hotel in Doha which will rise out of the sea and be ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Silver Pearl Hotel is set to be developed by Katara Hospitality and will have more than 1000 rooms. It will be located 1.5 kilometres off the Doha coast and the project is set to cost US $1.6 billion, before factoring in fit-outs and interiors.

Named for the shape of the structure, it has been designed by architectural firm M. Castedo Architects to recall Qatar’s seafaring and pearl diving history.

Still pending approval, the design envisions a building consisting of two semi-circular 30-story towers separated by a vaulted, climate controlled atrium over gardens with an open view to the ocean beyond.

A conference and exposition centre will be contained within an adjacent building, while a recreational landscaped roof deck will be located above a multi-storey parking facility.

The building will also feature a range of restaurants and high end retail commercial spaces and, at night, its stainless steel glass exterior will be lit with LEDs.

Visitors will arrive at the Silver Pearl by means of a four lane elevated causeway, by private yacht or by helicopter.

Meanwhile, a major environmental consultant with extensive marine experience in the area will be responsible for making sure that lessons learned on existing projects such as The Palm and The World in nearby Dubai are incorporated in the development of this particular site.

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