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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  • mumakybefilu
    mumakybefiluThursday, May 27, 2021 at 8:01 am
    I want to move there
    • tanner34234
      tanner34234Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12:28 pm
      i did not know that, awesomeee!!!
      • alicecollin
        alicecollinWednesday, May 26, 2021 at 10:16 am
        cool I did not know that
        • dizeduwa-162196656533
          dizeduwa-162196656533Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 8:20 am
          THAT IS COOL!!
          • chris9op12
            chris9op12Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 5:47 am
            that is cool dude
            • trinitrotoluine
              trinitrotoluineTuesday, May 25, 2021 at 11:12 am
              ~the definition of beauty~
              • hannah290
                hannah290Monday, May 24, 2021 at 8:18 am
                that is cool
                • vimerepi-160969589904
                  vimerepi-160969589904Monday, May 24, 2021 at 1:34 am
                  this would be the greatest place to live!!!
                  • sweetclubear
                    sweetclubearSunday, May 23, 2021 at 1:30 pm
                    so pretty
                    • goldengenius
                      goldengeniusSunday, May 23, 2021 at 12:41 pm
                      It looks like a maze from above! Me like! And I said its a island too?! 🏝