New Maldives

The ambitious project of the Dutch company „Dutch Docklands“ and of the government of the Maldives envisage the construction of artificial islands with total area of more than 800 hectares.

Island “Starfish"

These islands are floating platforms made of polystyrene-foam concrete. The islands will be secured to the seabed by cables and by telescopic retractable piles. The construction stability is insured by strong connection with the seabed and at the same time by the robustness of the islands, allowing them to hold afloat even in a severe storm. The costs of the project are $ 500 million.

At first, the island will be a luxury "attraction" for wealthy tourists, but subsequently the whole country could use such floating structures for the settlements. The main reason for that is the loss of natural land due to the rising sea level. It is anticipated that in 100 years, some Maldive islands may be up to half a meter lower than the sea level. In fact even now the highest point in the country is only 2.4 meters above the sea level, and thus the submergence of the islands in the coming years looks quite endangering.

Several solutions to the problem have been considered by the Govenment, from construction of protective walls around the Maldives to buying land in other countries for resettlement in other regions, and finally to building the floating islands.

The largest island — in the form of a starfish — will be a hotel and conference centre. From Male, the capital of the Maldives, it will be reachable in just 5 minutes by speedboat.

Not far from “starfish” there will be an archipelago containing 43 private "atolls". Each of them will host a villa with a pool, a beach and a quay or landing pier. At the end of the pier a sort of  pavilion will be provided, so that the submarines can float and emerge right into it, actually, almost in the middle of the living room. Special nearby "working islands" for the wait staff will be provided as well.

Artificial islands are thus coming into reality to combat the effects of the climate change and to improve water management and environmental sustainability. Paul Van de Kamp, CEO of Dutch Docklands said:

We will make the inhabitants of the islands of climate refugees to climate innovators.

The first floating island is completely built and is waiting for towing to the Maldives, where it will get roads, plans and further equipment.

Source of figures:  http://www.dutchdocklands.com/

 

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