Dubai recently revealed plans of a brand new manmade Floating Island project called Sunset Promenade. The 190,000 square metre project will connect Jumeirah Beach Walk with Dubai Water Canal. Dubai RTA released a teaser video, providing a 3D effect of the new project.
Once completed, the family-friendly beach front destination will also feature a group of floating islands. Sunset Promenade will boast a pristine 1km beach, modern spaces with green hills, sandy hills and private car parking. The development will also feature plenty of shops, and cafes. The 3D video depicts how the project will look once completed. Further details on when work will commence, or a final date for the launch is yet to be revealed.
The World’s First Floating City
Meanwhile, the world’s first floating city will soon be a reality. Experts reveal that the ground-breaking project will take shape within the next decade. The floating city will be docked 1km from land, allowing people to rethink they way they eat, play or use the neighborhood. In a World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, floating cities turned out as a viable answer to upcoming challenges. “Floating cities sound like a crazy idea but they could lead to all sorts of possibilities if done in the right way,” Victor Kisob, deputy executive director of UN-Habitat said.
Last year, the United Nations kicked off a discussion on the topic after which next steps have been discussed. Very soon, a protocol will be created with partners from the private sector. This will then be tried and tested. The floating modules will be made of platforms which will be secured to the ocean floor. The water community can house tens of thousands of residents and will be self-sustainable. That also means, residents can grow their own food, generate energy and recycle waste.
The effort is an initiative to ensure very less waste comes out from the community in order to make this sustainable. Oceanix, a non-profit organisation designed the concept for the world’s first sustainable floating community. We also hear that the city will generate its own power and heat using renewable sources like solar, wind, wave and current. Water will be obtained using rain generation and vapour distillation technologies.