Maldives Unveils Plans For The World's First Floating Island City

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Artist's rendition of the Maldives Floating City (Credit: https://maldivesfloatingcity.com)

The annual 3-to 4-millimeter rise in sea levels is expected to impact many coastal communities in the coming decades. However, few are as vulnerable as the Republic of the Maldives, a collection of more than a thousand picturesque islands in the Indian Ocean. NASA researchers believe that parts of what is "arguably the lowest-lying country in the world" will become uninhabitable by 2050, due to wave-driven flooding and limited freshwater. To combat the inevitable, the government recently unveiled plans for the world's first "true" floating island city.

The structures will be protected from tides by the surrounding islands (Credit: maldivesfloatingcity.com)

In the works for over a decade, the aptly-named Maldives Floating City (MFC) is the brainchild of the Netherlands-based Dutch Docklands, a global leader in floating infrastructure. According to the March 13, 2021, announcement, the new city will be constructed on about three-quarters of a square mile, or a 200-hectare, lagoon located just 10 minutes by boat from the Maldivian capital, Male. It will initially comprise about a thousand waterfront residences, arranged in a series of honeycomb-like hexagonal maze rows, reminiscent of the shape of a coral reef. The developers plan to add hotels, restaurants, shops, and even a school and a hospital in the near future. The floating structures will be anchored to the surrounding islands, which will form a base and provide protection from high tides.

Maldive officials aim to make MFC as carbon neutral and self-sufficient as possible. Freshwater storage will provide drinking water for residents, while floating solar blankets and agriculture fields will take care of their energy and food needs.

Construction of the Maldives Floating City will commence in 2022 (Credit: maldivesfloatingcity.com)

“This Maldives Floating City does not require any land reclamation, therefore has a minimal impact on the coral reefs,” explains Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives from 2008- 2012, Speaker of Parliament and CVF Ambassador of Ambition. “What’s more, giant, new reefs will be grown to act as water breakers. Our adaption to climate change mustn’t destroy nature but work with it, as the Maldives Floating City proposes. In the Maldives, we cannot stop the waves, but we can rise with them.”

Construction of the revolutionary city is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed in phases over the next five years. If successful, it will provide a blueprint for other countries facing a similar situation.

Resources: maldivesfloatingcity.com

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251 Comments
  • catpaws
    catpawsThursday, May 13, 2021 at 1:22 pm
    I wanna move there one day...🌅🌊🌴🐬😎🏄
    • wolfie_uwu
      wolfie_uwuThursday, May 13, 2021 at 5:09 am
      I love all the bright colors
      • dogsandance
        dogsandanceThursday, May 13, 2021 at 2:19 pm
        The colors of the buildings are so pretty
      • koenator
        koenatorWednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:13 am
        Wow
        • annie1217
          annie1217Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6:49 am
          cool
          • pandapal
            pandapalTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 1:08 pm
            WOW! Agreed, I think this is my new vacay spot lol :)
            • jojo11ayantola
              jojo11ayantolaTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:49 am
              That is great.I need a vacation. And that is a good please to tell people about
              • thesnake
                thesnakeTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:37 am
                I would like to visit there one day.
                • dogsandance
                  dogsandanceThursday, May 13, 2021 at 2:20 pm
                  Me too! I want to live there lol!!!
                • jarold
                  jaroldTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:22 am
                  it does look cool
                  • honeycat92
                    honeycat92Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:56 am
                    did you know that hammer head sharks are one of the friendliest sea creatures
                    • catpaws
                      catpawsWednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5:17 pm
                      aww thats so cool!
                    • spaceify
                      spaceifyTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8:26 am
                      Living in this city would be so cool, you wouldn't need to pay to swim and everything just looks so beautiful there.