About Maldives Artificial Islands and Land Reclamation.
How and Why the Maldives, the Island Kingdom, started to build artificial islands.
Maldives land reclamation and dredging
Due to large demand from Hotel Cies and lack of land needed for Maldives housing and industry, the Maldivian government has recently increased authorizations for land reclamation ( including in protected areas of the Maldives).
What is Land Reclamation ?
Land reclamation consists of pumping sand ( in Maldives in the lagoon but can be anywhere ) and reinject tons of it above existing reefs via gigantic pipes to create a sandy land surface.
Several new resorts are now created on artificial Islands borned from heavy dredging.
Latest artificial islands in Maldives
The latest artificial islands in Maldives at the time I write this article are :
- Hulhumale, the sister Island of Hulhule, built as an extension to the capital, Male
- Hard Rock Hotel Maldives & CROSSROADS Maldives ( an entertainment and hospitality complex )
- Waldorf Astoria
- RIU Atoll
- RIU Palace.
More are on the go ( including domestic airports ).