How the UAE could be home to floating shopping malls, communities, and cities

Aqua Pod has previously launched Aqua Pod App and a floating burger joint at Dubai Harbour and Majid Al Futtaim’s floating mobile Carrefour supermarket

Aqua Pod

Dubai-based Aqua Pod recently unveiled a mobile expanding fully self-sustained floating lounge and a marine e-commerce smart application. Aqua Pod App has now set its sights on creating mobile floating shopping malls, residential communities and even cities.

Designed by Aquatic Architects Design Studio (AADS) and developed by Innovative Marine Ventures (IMV),

The floating lounge cruises Dubai Water Canal, and the app establishes an online marketplace for marine experiences and services.

Ahmad Ataya, co-founder of AADS and IMV, told Arabian Business

“At AADS, we are adamant on sparking and leading serious conversations on the importance of sustainable mobile floating developments and building entire cities as a means of adapting to climate change. Our vision is to create multifunctional and versatile floating developments that are mobile and sustainable, and designed to serve critical businesses and various industries.”

Aqua Pod App

The UAE-based company, founded five years ago, previously launched a floating burger joint at Dubai Harbour and Majid Al Futtaim’s floating mobile Carrefour supermarket.

Ahmed Youssef, co-founder and CEO of AADS and IMV, and the creator of Aqua Pod added

“It is our belief that urban floating developments if intelligently revolutionized, will accelerate and transform the marine industry into a key pillar of economic diversification.”

The Aqua Pod AP EX1 model, the first-ever fully sustained mobile floating lounge. Each pod serves the hospitality and entertainment industry, covering about 45 square meters. Each pod can expand by a quarter of its size and operates with 100 percent solar power, as stated by Ataya.

“Guided by the ethos of sustainability, the new model of Aqua Pod adapts to the weather. It opens and closes according to the conditions outside. It has a mechanism which makes it increase 25 percent in size, so the walls and floors open up and it expands,” he said.

Aqua Pod

“When it’s winter, the lounge can open, and visitors can enjoy an outdoors venue. In summer it closes and the AC is on, so this is another advantage that it can be used 12 months in a year.”

The Aqua Pod application presents a new smart seafaring environment, digitally integrating Aqua Pods and offering users access to marine retailers, aquatic sports, services, leisure, and entertainment.

Ataya explained

“It complements our efforts to digitally enable our Aqua Pods as well as establishing a holistic online marketplace of marine retail, leisure, entertainment, sports, and services. And facilitates the personalisation of the customer’s marine activities and needs.

“This is the stepping stone in the introduction of an all-new economic proposition. Which ushers the integration of the commercial offshore retail offering, with the onshore – starting with deliveries from our Aqua Pods at water, to consumers on water and on the shoreline.”

Aqua Pod

Users can carry out orders and bookings through the app. In addition to locating Aqua Pods for float through and deliveries within the vicinity spanning Bulgari Hotel lagoon. Dubai Water Canal to Dubai Design District, and to certain locations at sea and shorelines verticals at the canal. All financial transactions can be completed through the app, ensuring contactless payment in addition to a split bill feature.

Ataya added

“It’s a project that’s very forward-thinking. It’s very advanced and it’s something that we hope, in the future, we can grow. We’ve already designed it. We know what to do with it and we know how to put it out there. With our expertise, and our partners who are leading the global market. Which will be announced in the near future.”

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Disclaimer: The article was originally posted at Arabian Business.