A number of major projects have been unveiled during the opening of the second Cityscape Qatar exhibition, including Barwa Real Estate’s $5.5 billion (QR20 billion) Oryx Island, which will include villas with private beaches, a water park and five floating hotels to accommodate 2022 World Cup fans.
The man-made island, which will be located off the coast of Doha, is currently in its concept phase, with Barwa’s Chief Executive Abdulla al-Subaie ambitiously announcing that it will ready by 2020.
According to Reuters, al-Subaie added that some 25,000 football fans will be able to stay there during the World Cup, with the help of cruise ships:
“We anticipate that there will be a short-term demand for hotel rooms, so maybe it is not wise to offer all these hotel rooms for only a short time.
Oryx Island can accommodate 20,000 to 25,000 people. Cruise ships can be docked for one week, two weeks. It can be mobilized and demobilized for a short time.”
Also on display at Cityscape, which is being held at the Doha Exhibition Center and will run through Wednesday, is a scale model of the $824 million Mall of Qatar project, announced last week.
Adjacent to the soon-to-be-renovated Al Rayyan Stadium, the mall is scheduled to open in the third quarter in 2015. It is slated to have more than 400 shops, an entertainment complex for kids as well as 100 restaurants and cafes.
Ezdan Holding Group, United Development Company and other major Qatar developers are also shared their upcoming real estate plans.