A floating island in the Maldives against rising seas

The Dutch company Dutch Docklands and the Government of Malé have given the green light to the construction of a habitable lagoon of 200 hectares with modest access costs

The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: the its conformation is inspired by the hexagonal geometry of the local coral
The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: the its conformation is inspired by the hexagonal geometry of the local coral

For centuries, native peoples from Asia to the Americas have built their lives on water. Settled on the shores of lakes, near waterways, in the ocean or in the sea, mankind's forward-thinking pioneers worked hand in hand with the waves to sustain their families, homes and communities.
Contemporary developers have long eyed the planet's unique "floating islands," envying them for their utility, ingenuity, and sustainability.
But translating these local homes into modern, scalable, and commercially viable real estate has always seemed out of reach.
Until today. This is because in June 2022 the Dutch company Dutch Docklands, in collaboration with the Government of the Maldives, unveiled the "Maldives Floating City" project.
Situated in a hot water lagoon ten minutes by boat from the Maldivian capital and Male International Airport, this first-of-its-kind “island city” aims to offer a revolutionary approach to modern, sustainable living against the backdrop of the blue Indian Ocean.
It is the world's first true floating island city, a futuristic dreamscape finally ready to come true.

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The construction of the "Maldives Floating City" was sealed in Malé by the signing of the agreement between Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012, Speaker of the Parliament and Ambassador for Ambition of the Climate Valuable Forum, and by Paul van de Camp, Chief Dutch Docklands Executive Officer
The construction of the "Maldives Floating City" was sealed in Malé by the signing of the agreement between Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012, Speaker of the Parliament and Ambassador for Ambition of the Climate Valuable Forum, and by Paul van de Camp, Chief Dutch Docklands Executive Officer

A lagoon with thousands of residences studied over the course of a decade

Under development for over a decade, the MFC will feature thousands of waterfront residences floating along a flexible, functional grid on a 200-hectare lagoon.
Inspired by the traditional Maldivian seafaring culture and developed in close collaboration with the political authorities of the Asian archipelago, the housing of the "Maldives Floating City" will eventually be joined by hotels, restaurants, trendy boutiques and a world-class marina.
The floating city of the Maldives is the first of its kind in the world, and was developed to embrace sustainability and livability at the same time.
Although attempts to build floating cities have already been made in the past, none of them have ever presented the interesting strengths that characterize the "Maldives Floating City".

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The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: there low-rise buildings oriented towards the sea with neat streets lined with palm trees
The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: there low-rise buildings oriented towards the sea with neat streets lined with palm trees

A technical, logistical and legal experience will be applied on a large scale

By partnering with the Government of the Maldives, the MFC will not only offer the most ambitious architectural planning available for its intended purpose, but also a world-class, transparent, value-oriented and legally enforceable ownership structure.
Thanks to the titles and deeds issued by the Government, the owners of the "Maldives Floating City" have the security of being able to dispose of first-rate real estate assets that will make even the most diversified investment portfolios stand out.

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The construction of the "Maldives Floating City" was sealed in Malé by the signing of the agreement between Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012, Speaker of the Parliament and Ambassador for Ambition of the Climate Valuable Forum, and by Paul van de Camp, Chief Dutch Docklands Executive Officer
The construction of the "Maldives Floating City" was sealed in Malé by the signing of the agreement between Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012, Speaker of the Parliament and Ambassador for Ambition of the Climate Valuable Forum, and by Paul van de Camp, Chief Dutch Docklands Executive Officer

For future homeowners, the Maldivian residence permit

Furthermore, prospective homeowners will be able to obtain Maldivian residency and residence permits, granting forward-thinking foreign nationals the ecological benefits of Maldivian life on a permanent or semi-permanent basis.
The heart of the "Maldives Floating City" is an innovative approach to the sophisticated life of the center of large cities.
In collaboration with Waterstudio, an architecture and urban planning firm based in Rijswijk in the Netherlands, the Dutch Docklands has devised a sort of urban grid on the water built to evolve with the changing needs of the nation, its inhabitants and visitors from from all over the globe.
The structures safely and sensitively support the development vision of the "Maldives Floating City", while helping to mitigate the effects of climate change and sea level rise.
In the upper part of the infrastructure, the traditional Maldivian architecture will give a local tone to the MFC project, while in the area below it is supported by the most eco-friendly construction possible.
The “Maldives Floating City” offers an affordable, scalable and salable solution for truly sustainable waterfront development.

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The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: there low-rise buildings oriented towards the sea with neat streets lined with palm trees
The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: there low-rise buildings oriented towards the sea with neat streets lined with palm trees

The Malé model is valid for other nations that are victims of climate change

As a nation at the forefront of tackling the consequences of global warming, the Maldives is perfectly placed to reimagine how humanity will survive – and, in fact, hopefully thrive – in the face of rising seas and coastal erosion.
By spearheading this effort, the Malé government has not only laid the foundations for tackling its own climate challenges, but has provided a valuable model for other nations to follow as well.

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From the local coral reefs breakwaters and the hexagonal architecture on the sea

Coral, for example, plays a crucial role in the regulatory plan of the "Maldives Floating City".
The 'city' itself is composed of hexagon-shaped segments modeled, in part, on the distinctive geometry of local coral and connected to a ring of lush 'barrier islands'.
While the MFC will almost literally float on the waters of the Indian Ocean, the island reefs around the lagoon will act as breakwaters.
This ingenious configuration reduces the impact of tidal waves and more and will stabilize above-ground structures and complexes.

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The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: there low-rise buildings oriented towards the sea with neat streets lined with palm trees
The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: there low-rise buildings oriented towards the sea with neat streets lined with palm trees

Low-rise buildings facing the sea, neat streets dotted with palm trees

The buildings of the “Maldives Floating City” will be low-rise and facing the sea, with shops, homes and services precisely positioned along tidy streets lined with palm trees.
A network of bridges, canals and piers will give the MFC an overall sense of cohesion and coherence and facilitate access to its many amenities.
Throughout the project, sandy beaches will help stabilize and protect key structures within the lagoon, while massive coral structures outside will house hotels, restaurants and shops.

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The construction of the "Maldives Floating City" was sealed in Malé by the signing of the agreement between Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012, Speaker of the Parliament and Ambassador for Ambition of the Climate Valuable Forum, and by Paul van de Camp, Chief Dutch Docklands Executive Officer
The construction of the "Maldives Floating City" was sealed in Malé by the signing of the agreement between Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012, Speaker of the Parliament and Ambassador for Ambition of the Climate Valuable Forum, and by Paul van de Camp, Chief Dutch Docklands Executive Officer

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“This floating city in the Maldives requires no land reclamation, which is why it has minimal impact on coral reefs”, explains Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012, Speaker of the Parliament and Ambassador for Ambition of the Climate Valuable Forum.
“In addition, new giant coral reefs will grow which will act as breakwaters. Our adaptation to climate change must not destroy nature, but collaborate with it in some way, as the concept of the 'Maldives Floating City' proposes. In the Maldives we can't stop the waves, but we can rise with them".

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The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: there low-rise buildings oriented towards the sea with neat streets lined with palm trees
The "Maldives Floating City" is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located in the Maldives about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé in order to protect residents from sea level rise: there low-rise buildings oriented towards the sea with neat streets lined with palm trees

Housing units starting from 100 square meters with prices starting from 250.000 US dollars

Overall the MFC is ready to welcome thousands of homes into its unique community on the water.
Each residence will be beachfront, with individual unit sizes starting at 100 square meters (plus 40 square meters of roof terrace) and prices starting at US$250.000.
The purchase costs are accessible and convenient, to attract the widest possible range of potential buyers, who can benefit from the project's enviable seaside location.

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Male International Airport in the Maldives archipelago
Male International Airport in the Maldives archipelago

Health, well-being and outdoor life for everyone, 10 minutes from the capital

Just like the Maldives and their iconic overwater resorts that everyone knows, the residences of the “Maldives Floating City” will offer a waterside lifestyle focused on health, wellness and the outdoors.
The MFC will be a mixed-use community, with the widest possible range of necessities and luxuries close at hand. With easy access to Male International Airport within ten minutes by boat, it will be directly connected to the transportation services of most airlines and world capitals.
Now close to the conclusion of the design phases, the "Maldives Floating City" will see construction work begin as early as 2022 and will be completed in successive phases over the next five years.
Once built, a hospital, school and government building will complement the project's commercial and residential facilities.
Even if many foreigners will call the MFC “home”, probably the most important thing is that many Maldivians will also live there, in particular the local fishing families who have identified their “homeland” in this area for centuries.
“With its unique location in a paradisiacal setting, next to the 'President's Island' (protagonist of a film on global warming in 2011, ed), and the full support of the Government of Maldives, we are extremely proud to launch the first floating city in the world”says Paul van de Camp, CEO of Dutch Docklands.
“The result will be an extraordinary location, within which locals and foreigners will be able to buy the property of their dreams at affordable prices”.

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The press conference to launch the “Maldives Floating City” in Male

The presentation trailer of the “Maldives Floating City” project

The hexagonal geometry of the Maldivian coral inspired the conformation of the "Maldives Floating City": it is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé at the to protect residents from rising sea levels
The hexagonal geometry of the Maldivian coral inspired the conformation of the "Maldives Floating City": it is a lagoon with a surface area of ​​about 200 hectares, characterized by floating buildings and roads, located about 10 minutes by boat from the capital Malé at the to protect residents from rising sea levels