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Dubai is floating some amazing ideas: Will they sink or swim?

We’ve all been through drive-thrus, a stop and go service that gets us back on the road, but back on the water?

Dubai has revealed Salt Bay, the world’s first floating drive-thru, serving a range of burgers that will “wet” your appetite.

Grab a burger, wave to boat riders, submerged in beautiful scenery, floating.

 “Sea-goers will be able to satisfy their hunger while at sea and pull up to enjoy food and beverages as they would from a traditional food truck,” according to a media statement.

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Ahmed Youssef, founder of Aquatic Architects Design Studio (AADS), said people in Dubai are surrounded by water.

“At AADS, we understand the value of the region’s shorelines and beyond, so we saw an untapped opportunity to bring an innovative concept to the UAE,” he said.

This is not the first experience for Dubai with floating projects.

Floating Venice

Kleindienst Group launched in September 2017 the Floating Venice, the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort to be built off Dubai’s coastline.
“Valued at AED2.5 billion ($680 million), The Floating Venice will be located in The World islands, 4km offshore from Dubai and will bring an authentic Venetian experience to the Middle East,” said a media statement by the Group.

The project’s website reveals that the unique floating resort has a capacity of up to 3,000 guests daily, with accommodation, restaurants and recreation split over 4 decks, one of which is underwater.

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It said that guests will arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the main Piazza San Marco where they can check-in at the underwater lobby.

It added that there will be a range of 414 bespoke cabins arranged over 4 decks, one of which is underwater giving spectacular views of the coral reefs below and passing gondola above.

Dubai’s floating homes

The UAE’s first-ever “water home” has it made its way along the Dubai Canal to berth at Marasi Business Bay, last September.

A statement by Dubai Properties, the real estate master developer behind the project, said the city will see more homes float into Marasi as part of the company’s transformation of the bustling commercial hub of Business Bay.

Marasi Business Bay, once complete, will not only feature water homes that come with pools and are surrounded by floating restaurants, it will also see the Park, the Pier and the Marina.

The project will eventually comprise 800 berths, stretch along the Dubai Canal, making it the region’s first purpose-built yachting hub at the heart of the city, according to Dubai Properties.

While these new projects are attractive and offer a run away from overcrowded areas, they do not come without challenges.

Difficulties of living in water reveals that floating home can rack up quite the monthly bill between mooring fees and monthly electricity, water, sewage, and other utilities.

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“Other practical concerns that potential owners should consider include seasickness, motion sickness, weather, wind, and other extreme climates, which can all damage homes (and homeowners) that are not prepared,” the site revealed.

Meanwhile, Accuweather, a platform specialized in weather predictions, says that many questions need to be asked when it comes to floating homes.

“How strong the islands need to be to withstand winds and currents, how traffic and transportation would be organized and what effect the motion of the island could have on the people who would live and work there,” it said.