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
  • angelwolfie
    angelwolfieTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:03 am
    This is soooo cool but how would they run out of water they live in water?? And why would people want to live there it must be scary knowing that there are sharks outside of the reef.
    • cloudylights
      cloudylightsTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 4:37 pm
      They would run out of freshwater and people cant drink seawater.
      • tropical_wonder
        tropical_wonderTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:54 am
        sharks rarely attack anyone but I think they already knew that.
      • grogu
        groguTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 5:55 am
        It looks like a turtle shell
        • catpaws
          catpawsThursday, May 13, 2021 at 1:19 pm
          It actually does! 🐢
        • subzero8426482
          subzero8426482Monday, May 10, 2021 at 2:44 pm
          that is so cool the island its self looks cool
          • andpeggy0813
            andpeggy0813Monday, May 10, 2021 at 2:17 pm
            WOW! THAT IS SO COOL! I wouldn’t live there myself, but it’s definitely a place that I would go for vacation!
            • hjjj
              hjjjMonday, May 10, 2021 at 12:06 pm
              It would be so cool to go there because you can see everything under water!🤩
              • prinecesspenny
                prinecesspennyMonday, May 10, 2021 at 11:49 am
                WOW SO COOL!
                • mimiluvspotter
                  mimiluvspotterMonday, May 10, 2021 at 11:24 am
                  i agree draco
                  • dogo_news_fan
                    dogo_news_fanMonday, May 10, 2021 at 11:18 am
                    OMG!!! This is so cool, I really want to visit this country. Please follow me if you couldn't agree more!!! Bye peeps!!!😊😊😊
                    • gacha_life_fan
                      gacha_life_fanMonday, May 10, 2021 at 11:05 am
                      Imagine if you were in one of those houses and imagine what a life it would be!!!😊😊😊
                      • fearless2
                        fearless2Monday, May 10, 2021 at 10:49 am
                        I hope that a tsunami doesn't happen! I would not live there because of that but that would be a great place to have a vacation!
                        • tropical_wonder
                          tropical_wonderTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:56 am
                          agree. Hopefully they have a plan if ever a tsunami comes their way!