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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314 Comments
  • ivyian
    ivyianSunday, June 13, 2021 at 11:57 pm
    That is undoubtedly awesome !!!!!!!!!!! I really want to give it a try if a can!
    • kamryn12
      kamryn12Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 3:20 pm
      wow, i really would love to live there on the ocean in such an amazing place with beautiful veiws!
      • exotic_fnaf
        exotic_fnafFriday, June 11, 2021 at 8:41 am
        i want to live there to! and i have my reasons which are 1. its so beautiful there 2. its just like a get out of your house and jump and land in water 3. its just, that it has coral reef, and i just cant believe it 4. people who live there probably have the best life :D
        • bella513
          bella513Friday, June 11, 2021 at 5:42 am
          So want to live there
          • sasukenaruto
            sasukenarutoFriday, June 11, 2021 at 3:47 am
            You know I have been there before
            • zjordan
              zjordanWednesday, June 9, 2021 at 7:10 am
              It's like I floating city
              • zjordan
                zjordanWednesday, June 9, 2021 at 7:04 am
                I want to live there when I grow up
                • mattchien
                  mattchienWednesday, June 9, 2021 at 3:40 am
                  It will be amazing if I can live there.
                  • emocutie
                    emocutieTuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:27 am
                    Is it just me or does this place seem too good to be true?!?!?🤔🤔
                    • sasukenaruto
                      sasukenarutoMonday, June 14, 2021 at 8:57 am
                      Yea the pic on dock news looks like anlatis and we don't know if that place was real yet
                      • keycap64
                        keycap64Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 6:15 am
                        yeah, but what about the storms? how are they going to keep the city floating? and what will be the cost of moving in to this cidy?
                      • burgerman2021
                        burgerman2021Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:14 am
                        some times... my dream and my heart is there far away in their somewhere...thats i say a dream home...