The Maldives, which are now only five feet above sea level, could one day be totally submerged.
The project is a joint venture between the Maldives government and Dutch Docklands, which specializes in building everything from floating prisons to floating homes.
The 5 Lagoons Project — 80 million square feet — will include private islands with an 18-hole golf course, a conference/hotel complex, 185 $1 million waterfront homes on a flower-shaped quay, plus a separate floating island with homes for residents of the Maldivian capital.
Key to the deal was allowing foreign ownership of the high-end villas that would be constructed.
The islands – which will be anchored to the seabed using cables or telescopic mooring piles – will not damage the ocean’s coral reefs and other marine life around the Maldives. They will be stable even in storms, Dutch Docklands says.
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