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Old 08-16-2011, 03:53 AM
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Qatar To Get $500 Million Floating Resort

After winning the opportunity to host the FIFA World Cup in 2020, Quatar is aiming to promote itself as an exciting tourist destination with a series of innovative projects, some of which are underway: this is one of them.

A semi-submerged, eco-friendly resort featuring four sprawling hotels with underwater rooms designed to look like superyachts is to be built in the Gulf Emirate state of Qatar...

Italian architectural firm Giancarlo Zema Design Group is set to work on the $500 million Amphibious 1000 project, which, as well as the innovative hotels, will include residential buildings, offices, a central marine park, floating walkways and underwater marine galleries.

Situated in the middle of a marine reserve, Amphibious 1000 is designed to attract scuba-divers and nature-lovers, drawn by its ‘green’ credentials and unique features.

“It is like a big aquatic animal stretching out from the land into the sea, and extends horizontally for one kilometre thanks to two long wide arms,” a spokesperson from Giancarlo Zema Design Group said.

The resort will also feature 80 floating suites, dubbed Jellyfish, which come equipped with underwater viewing decks overlooking an artificial reef bed.

Each Jellyfish will accommodate up to six guests, and will have five levels including a relaxation room, sleeping quarters and bathrooms, kitchen, guest rooms and a private aquarium lounge.

Guests will be able to move around the resort on foot or via electric buggies. A fleet of hydrogen-powered, glass-bottomed yachts will also be available for charter.

A completion date for the project is yet to be announced.

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Striking: Amphibious 100 is a futuristic semi-aquatic development which Qatar plans to build, costing over £300million

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The 'jellyfish': Pods for guests will have four floors each and an underwater observatory and lounge area

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Sleek: The hotel's main buildings resemble enormous land-based yachts, in keeping with the designer's yacht design credentials

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A giant restaurant with views over the floating walkways and jelly fish suites stands out for miles...and rather resembles a space age sea anenome


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Old 08-16-2011, 07:51 AM
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Re: Qatar To Get $500 Million Floating Resort

Bet it would cost a fortune stay there

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Old 08-16-2011, 04:38 PM
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Re: Qatar To Get $500 Million Floating Resort

looks ace but i wudn't visit the middle east even if they grow the last crop of food in the world.

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Old 08-17-2011, 09:50 PM
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Hmm that looks pretty cool...

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:17 PM
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Re: Qatar To Get $500 Million Floating Resort

Glad to see that $500 worth of gas i spend a month going to good use

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Old 08-18-2011, 12:49 PM
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I find it sad that some people will never ever be able to live the lives of such eccentricity and indulgence.

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