Floating Maldives

The Republic of Maldives is the world’s lowest country in the world, with average altitude of 1.5 meters above sea level. Due to global warming, the level of water might rise, which would endanger Maldives and its 192 inhabited islands. Reasonable fear of the entire archipelago sinking made the Maldivian government find potential solution for inhabiting its population. The capital city of Mane has already built a wall around the island in order to prevent flooding in the case of raising the sea level.
Image Source: Dutch Docklands
The government does not want its people to flee in the occurrence of danger, so they want to be prepared for the case of emergency. They are thinking about buying some land from other countries where they could settle, and not wait the disaster to strike. But, recently they began building the world’s largest floating archipelago in the world. Holland construction company “Dutch Docklands” executing the construction works. It will cost 500 millions of Euro. The first phase is going to be building of the world’s first floating golf course. It is going to be built on three floating platforms, for the start.
Actually, at first glance it might look like another country is building weird unnecessary objects and terrains on water, but in the Maldivian case it is not so. It is actually a necessity. By building these floating islands, the Maldivians could make a step forward in construction in terms of preserving the nature. Unlike some other leading builders, the Maldivians do respect the nature, and they educate their children about how to preserve clean surroundings. Besides, this is came to mind after searching for the solution to an arriving problem (sea level), and it is about constructing squares of surface for settling people, not about designing attractive architecture.
The islands will be attached to the bottom with cables and wires which would ensure their stability and immobility. For the reason of preserving the marine-protected area, the construction of the floating islands is going to be conducted in India and the Middle East, as Maldivian government takes good care for the environment and constructing such a project on the archipelago would mean endangering the sea life.
The project was designed by a Holland company “Waterstudio” and it will be realized by previously mentioned “Docklands international”, who guarantee to conduct the entire construction with respecting ecological standards, as the Maldivian government insists.
Author: Abdullah Al Arafat
Abdullah Al Arafat is a civil engineer from Bangladesh. Mr. Arafat has worked for notable Bangladeshi civil engineering companies for more than 7 years. Now, he is pursuing higher studies in Canada. He has keen interests in new forms of structural and geotechnical designs and researches