Qatar is said to have revived its plans for floating hotels ahead of the 2022 World Cup. According to a new report by Doha News, the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has contracted around 6,000 cruise ship rooms to accommodate guests for the November/December 2022 event. According to sources, the QTA revealed the new plans during an international cruise ship expo in the U.S.

6,000 rooms means that Qatar will draft in approximately five cruise ships, which would equate to around one-third of the 16,000 hotel and apartment hotel rooms available in the country at present.

Previously, it had been reported that the QTA was planning to berth cruise ships for the sporting event, and aimed to transform the port close by to the Museum of Islamic Art into a dedicated cruise ship terminal.

Qatar needs a minimum of 60,000 rooms to be available for fans, players and officials for the 2022 World Cup, and its bid document in 2010 pledged 100,000 rooms come tournament time.

In May 2013, Qatar developer Barwa Real Estate, which is part-owned by Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, unveiled plans to build the ambitious $5.5 billion Oryx Island, a project that would feature luxury villas, a water park and five floating hotels (cruise ships).

Buro 24/7 Middle East will keep watch for any official announcements following the Doha News speculation...