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Expandable solar-powered floating Aqua Pod launches in Dubai

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AP EX 1 is an innovative floating lounge that is fully self-sufficient and boasts an expandable design
AP EX 1 is an innovative floating lounge that is fully self-sufficient and boasts an expandable design
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AP EX 1 is an innovative floating lounge that is fully self-sufficient and boasts an expandable design
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AP EX 1 is an innovative floating lounge that is fully self-sufficient and boasts an expandable design
AP EX 1 features a multifunctional use of space for entertaining on the Dubai waterways
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AP EX 1 features a multifunctional use of space for entertaining on the Dubai waterways
The pod takes advantage of the Middle Eastern Sun with roof-top solar panels, which meet 100 percent of the vessel’s energy needs
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The pod takes advantage of the Middle Eastern Sun with roof-top solar panels, which meet 100 percent of the vessel’s energy needs
The floating platform features an open interior lounge space, dining area, kitchen, bathroom facilities, small exterior deck, and a jet ski
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The floating platform features an open interior lounge space, dining area, kitchen, bathroom facilities, small exterior deck, and a jet ski
AP EX 1 model features an expandable design, which can open up to include an addition 11.25 square meters of entertaining space
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AP EX 1 model features an expandable design, which can open up to include an addition 11.25 square meters of entertaining space
The AP EX 1 floating lounge offers a new and innovative space for personalized events
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The AP EX 1 floating lounge offers a new and innovative space for personalized events

The AP EX 1 floating lounge can be used for water sports and tourism along the Dubai waterways
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The AP EX 1 floating lounge can be used for water sports and tourism along the Dubai waterways
UAE-based Aquatic Architects Design Studio (AADS), in collaboration with Innovative Marine Ventures (IMV), has recently launched the latest edition to its fleet of off-grid floating Aqua Pods, the AP EX 1
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UAE-based Aquatic Architects Design Studio (AADS), in collaboration with Innovative Marine Ventures (IMV), has recently launched the latest edition to its fleet of off-grid floating Aqua Pods, the AP EX 1
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UAE-based Aquatic Architects Design Studio (AADS), in collaboration with Innovative Marine Ventures (IMV), has recently launched the latest edition to its fleet of off-grid floating Aqua Pods. Dubbed AP EX 1, this innovative floating lounge is fully self-sufficient and boasts an expandable design and modular use of space for entertaining on the Dubai waterways.

“AP EX1 will serve as a floating lounge and restaurant, introducing an unprecedented marine lifestyle offering to Dubai’s exquisite waters,” says Aquatic Architects Design Studio. “Our mission is to introduce our new approach to urban marine developments and services with the objectives of accelerating and transforming the face of the marine realm as we know it today.”

The pod takes advantage of the Middle Eastern Sun with roof-top solar panels, which meet 100 percent of the vessel’s energy needs
The pod takes advantage of the Middle Eastern Sun with roof-top solar panels, which meet 100 percent of the vessel’s energy needs

The AP EX 1 floating lounge can be used for personalized events, water sports and tourism along the Dubai waterways. It can also be adapted to offer medical services, deliveries along the canal, or even act as a mobile recharge station for other marine vehicles.

The 45-sq-m (270-sq-ft) floating platform features an open interior lounge space, dining area, kitchen, bathroom facilities, small exterior deck, and a jet ski. And the floorplan can even be extended by another 11.25 sq m (121 sq ft), depending on the needs of the event organizers.

The pod takes advantage of the Middle Eastern Sun with roof-top solar panels, which meet all of the vessel’s energy needs. The aqua pod also features a reverse osmosis water purification system that provides fresh water by desalinating up to 100 liters (26.4 gal) of water daily, without the need to dispose of any brine or residue back into the waterway.

The floating platform features an open interior lounge space, dining area, kitchen, bathroom facilities, small exterior deck, and a jet ski
The floating platform features an open interior lounge space, dining area, kitchen, bathroom facilities, small exterior deck, and a jet ski

The AP EX 1 is available now for private or tourism rentals, with bookings made via the Aqua Pod mobile app.

Source: AADS via Middle East in 24

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2 comments
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Michael son of Lester
I like this. These AP EX 1 floating lounges could be made into nice live-aboards very easily.
martinwinlow
'Green'... Really?! Why in God's name has it got a stinky petrol-powered jet-ski attached to it, then? Why not any one of the plethora of electric watercraft now available, for example a Quadrofoil? Back to the drawing board, guys!