How and Why the Maldives, the Island Kingdom, has started to build artificial islands.
A short story about Maldives Artificial Islands and Land Reclamation.
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).
Maldives land reclamation and dredging
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
- CROSSROADS Maldives ( an entertainment and hospitality complex, home to Hard Rock Hotel Maldives )
- Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
- RIU Atoll
- RIU Palace.
- Fari Islands
There are more new islands on the go ( including domestic airports ).