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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362 Comments
  • helloe
    helloe5 months
    I NEED TO LIVE THERE
    • muififi
      muififi9 months
      i wold live there
      • princeasher
        princeasher10 months
        Wow id love to live here
        • wyjedaki-164607188802
          This looks cool if only it would just aper. I would love to go there.
          • mystery-guy
            mystery-guy11 months
            I've been there
            • mystery-guy
              mystery-guy11 months
              the pictures look like it's from a video game
              • adroit_avimimus
                It's so colorful, imagine just waking up in the morning, walking to your balcony with a cup of juice and greeting your neighbors and breathing in that fresh scent of salt in the ocean! Might not be that great if you're easily seasick though. . .
                • momoomom
                  momoomom12 months
                  That looks so cool... I wish I could live there!!
                  • basketballanime
                    Cool I would love to go there #vacationwiththefam>
                    • sagecallioa
                      sagecallioa12 months
                      The Maldives was so fun! My dad owns a villa there and last summer we went there and it was amazing! The air was fresh and sand white! The villa was small but huge? I don't know how to explain it lol! But when you walk in there's a huge ceiling and a Master bedroom. and then in the back there was two hallways to two bedrooms each and right behind that master bedroom was the kitchen! It was an amazing trip! Everyone should look into going! Bye!