Dutch Firm Asserts Floating Islands Will Save Dubai’s Sinking ‘World’

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Located off the coast of Dubai, the artificial “World islands” are a floating development built directly in the water.

Developed in the Arabian/Persian Gulf, the hundreds of little islands are collectively shaped like the Earth’s seven continents. Built prior to the Emirate’s economic bust, these water-based homes have left investors stuck, all the while wreaking havoc on the local marine environment.

Dubai World Floating Islands

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Created to model the globe from above, the manmade “World” islands are gradually sinking.

Dutch Docklands, floating island specialists, have a solution. According to the company—which won the competition to create the Floating Proverb, a collection of 89 floating isles that spell out an Arab proverb from above—the floating islands could be an alternative for those who have invested in water masses.

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Additionally, floating islands are more self-sustaining and more feasible to develop. Dutch Docklands anticipates the self-supporting floating islands will be constructed with existing land masses, which will save investor large amounts of money and time.

The firm also, known for producing zero-footprint projects, has a number of other ideas up its sleeve, including a floating Olympic village and stadium—an ambitious notion it will soon pitch to the Qatari government. 

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Photos and details courtesy of Inhabitat

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