26 April 2011
The island nation of the Maldives is poised to build a floating golf course and convention centre in what could be the first of a series of futuristic off-shore developments designed to confront the threat of global warming.
The government has asked a Dutch firm to investigate the feasibility of developing a number of facilities that would be located among the 26 main atolls.
The artificial floating islands will incorporate technologies such as water cooling, water desalination, and the use of floating solar blanket fields.
Underwater tunnels will connect the holes and facilities together, while allowing golfers to experience the reef.
It is likely the company, Dutch Docklands, will also look into the possibility of building floating homes. It has previously built floating islands in Dubai.