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The world’s first-ever self-sustaining floating lounge

The world’s first-ever self-sustaining floating lounge has been designed to create an integrated commercial marine ecosystem to pioneer the future of floating retail, tourism, leisure, and logistics.

Aqua Pods aim to contribute to a healthy environment and sustainable infrastructure while taking a consumer-centric approach and exploring the concept of marine architecture.

Named as Aqua Pods, the multi-purpose floating lounge has been designed by Emirati-owned Aquatic Architects Design Studio (AADS) and produced by Innovative Marine Ventures (IMV) in Dubai. 

The lounge model was designed to align UAE’s Vision 2021 and shift from oil as the nation’s main income to other means that are more efficient and eco-friendly.


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The lounge model comes with a marine e-commerce application to provide consumers with personalized experiences and services. 

They can be used for leisure, entertainment, aquatic sports, tourism, and retail along the Dubai Water Canal shoreline.

The floating module is fully solar-powered to utilize the abundant desert sun hence cutting on greenhouse gas emissions. 

The pods also contain a reverse osmosis water purification system to provide fresh water. The system can desalinate up to 100 liters of water daily without disposing of the brine back into the sea. 

The lounge can be used for a multitude of activities and serve various industries to bridge on- and off-shore services. 

It can offer personalized experiences for events, water sports, and tourism within the traditional and modern waterways of Dubai. 

The self-sustained floating longe can also be adapted to provide medical ambulatory services or deliveries, serve as recharge stations for marine vehicles, and house cultivation systems such as hydroponics.

Interestingly, the 45 sqm Aqua Pod model can even be expanded by 25 percent to suit customers’ needs.

AADS and IMV explore floating architecture to adapt to the rising sea levels and climate change. 

The team hopes their projects will spark conversations on the necessity of urban floating developments in coastal regions and prepare for the increasing seawater levels and diminishing coastline. 

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