Crescent tower in Lusail inspired by Qatari swords

Plans have been unveiled for a crescent-shaped building in Lusail, inspired by the two curved swords in the emblem of Qatar.

The project ‘Lusail Marina Iconic Development’ was unveiled by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai.

It will contain 800 units including hotel rooms, apartments, offices, boutique retail and restaurants.

Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla, CEO, Katara Hospitality, said: “This stunning structure matches our aspiration for Katara Hospitality to become one of the world’s most recognised hospitality brand identities.

“With an architectural design inspired by the insignia of Qatar, the Lusail Marina Iconic Development’s spectacular architecture is set to become a leading hospitality landmark.”

Set for five-star status, the complex is integrated with landscaped gardens and rises from a podium, giving the impressionthat it is floating on the sea.

Aiming for completion by 2016, the scheme is targeting travelling football fans during the Qatar World Cup in 2022.