Qatar eyes semi-submerged resort


Italian practice Giancarlo Zema Design Group has unveiled designs for an audacious resort in Qatar called Amphibious, which contains hotels that are partially submerged in the Arabian Gulf.

Designed for an Arabian commission, the scheme extends 1km parallel to the land with two ‘arm’ landmasses.

The area on land contains multiple residential and office buildings and a marina with a harbour. All the structures are situated in a semi-circle around a central tower with a panoramic restaurant.


The sea section contains four semi-submerged hotels with underwater halls, each with 75 luxury suites arranged around the perimeter of the building. The activities of the hotel take place in the underwater area that is surrounded by aquariums.

Hotels are situated around a central public welcome area with an interactive museum on water life and water exhibition galleries and a glass tunnel that leads to the underwater observatory in the centre of the marine park.

The resort also includes fitness areas, gardens and a special outdoor theatre with a moving stage that opens out on the sea.

Smaller floating platforms anchor 80 floating suites called Jelly-fish with underwater views within the artificial reef.

Transport is via electrical and 20m aluminium yachts called Trilobis that are equipped with hydrogen engines and an underwater observatory globe.

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One Response to Qatar eyes semi-submerged resort

  1. John VV says:

    I wonder if this Architect has ever stuck his head underwater around Doha, the visibility is appalling and without much sea life it is hardly going to look like an aquarium. Wasn’t a similar project cancelled in Dubai??

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