By Staff writer
Qatar Tourism Authority announces plans to contract at least 6,000 cruise ship rooms to accommodate fans
Qatar has reportedly revived plans to use cruise ships to accommodate some football fans and guests during the 2022 World Cup.
The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has announced plans to contract at least 6,000 cruise ship rooms for the winter tournament, according to Doha News.
It reported that the QTA revealed the plans during an international cruise ship expo in the United States.
The 6,000 rooms figure equates to about five average-sized cruise ships, and would represent approximately one-third of the 16,000 hotel and apartment hotel rooms currently available in Qatar, it added.
It was not disclosed where the cruise ships would be berthed during the World Cup, but authorities have previously discussed transforming the port near the Museum of Islamic Art into a dedicated cruise ship terminal.
Qatar must have a minimum of 60,000 rooms available by 2022 for fans, players and officials but its bid document in 2010 pledged 100,000 rooms by the time the tournament begins.
The idea of commissioning “floating hotels” for the upcoming tournament was first raised in May 2013.
Qatar unveiled plans to build a $5.5 billion Oryx Island, which would feature luxury villas, a water park, and five floating hotels using cruise ships.
Developer Barwa Real Estate, part-owned by Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, said the hotels would be able to house as many as 25,000 soccer fans.
Demand for residences and hotel rooms are expected to increase in the tiny Gulf Arab state as projects for the 2022 World Cup tournament come onstream.
Many will boycott this 2022 Qatar World Cup.