Floating island development takes next step

The Maldives Floating Island project, developed by the world-renowned Dutch Docklands company, the industry innovators in floating technology, has shortlisted six golf design candidates from twenty-four tender acknowledgements. The shortlisted six, which includes major champions and Ryder Cup legends, presented individual plans to the Dutch Docklands Board following the culmination of the season ending Race to Dubai event in the UAE.

"Each candidate has been required to follow a stringent set of guidelines integral to our joint venture initiative with the Maldives Government," commented Paul Van De Camp, CEO Dutch Docklands. "We are looking for a design partner who can integrate the golf course design in balance with the natural surrounds ensuring development practices are in a line with Dutch Docklands Environmental Responsibility Mandate, which contains exact details as to acceptable methodology for our Maldives project." Dutch Docklands is committed to endorse president Nasheed’s determination to make the Maldives carbon neutral by the year 2020.

Technological advancements in floating developments, made by Dutch Docklands, have helped the company evolve into one of the most revolutionary and forward-thinking corporations in the world. Embedded in its business ethos is a vision for how this unique technology can play a major role for governments and land owners in a multitude of sectors whilst co-existing with the natural surrounds. In fact, such is the level of practice, Dutch Docklands have a 'scarless' policy, which upholds the green ethos of the company’s development expertise.

"We have created a dynamic model around tried and tested technologies, in order to provide a multi-dimensional solution for our partners," explained Van De Camp. "While we are engaged with world class golf course designers at this stage, we never lose sight of how floating technology can positively enhance a country's industry and its residents' well-being in the long term."

The Royal Indian Ocean Club will be designed by one of the six names carefully chosen by the Dutch Docklands Group. Some of the industry's most widely respected names have established design concepts, integration methods, as well as environmental and sustainability outlines for consideration. It is with these plans that a final decision will be made, in conjunction with the Maldives Government and see operations begin next year.  The project represents years of planning and the desire from the Maldivian government to think progressively on how to further differentiate the unique experience of the Maldives.

Source: www.todaysgolfer.co.uk

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