SEA HOME MAY FLOAT YOUR BOAT
Self-sufficient floating homes that can sustain themselves at sea made their regional debut at Cityscape. Dutch developers New Living on Water unveiled the spaceship-like villas for Dhs40 million ($11 million USD) each. The 1,500 sqm apartments generate their own electricity through solar panels on roofs and have an inbuilt sewage system to process waste, before disposing it in the ocean, architect Kees Kat told 7DAYS. “We can make it totally off-grid, so no electricity, it has its own water-maker in it, and the sewage is purified inside the basement so we don’t need to plug it to the mainland.” Menno de Roos, Managing Director and owner of New Living on Water said: “The combination of six-star luxury and sustainability - that’s our unique selling point.” The firm’s stall has been swamped by developers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iran at this year’s trade show, eager to pen a deal to build the seaborne apartments both here and abroad. At the end of 2017 the firm plans to start building its first seven apartments, measuring 50 by 30 metres off the Caribbean coast of Arguilla. The ultra-luxurious pods have a sauna, outside pool, spa, basement - and garage with a capacity to house seven cars.