Saudi Arabia wants to build an $8 billion turtle-shaped floating city

It will house shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and condos.

by | Published on 19th Nov 2022

This is the Lazzarini Pangeos – a massive turtle-shaped floating city that Saudi Arabia wants to build.

Not only will it be massive, it will also be massively expensive, costing around $8 billion to complete.

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Named after Pangea, the supercontinent that existed 200 million years ago, this is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

If funded, it would set a record for the largest floating super-structure ever made.

At 550 mt (1,800 ft), it would be three times longer than the Azzam, which is the largest yacht in the world (590 ft).


According to Lazzarini, the design studio that’s working on the project with Saudi Arabia, this is technically a yacht.

It can cover great distances by floating on water, and it can be moored to the pierside.

However, the idea is to turn this into a full-on, self-sustaining city.

The Saudi Arabia cruise ship turtle will include shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, public parks, ports for smaller ships and of course residential buildings.

So how does it work?

The Saudi Arabia yacht would be able to stay afloat thanks to over 30,000 cells placed underneath the living space.

It would have a cruising speed of five knots.

Obviously, a significant chunk of the hull and the beam would be covered with solar panels to provide energy.

Now, this is just a prototype but Lazzarini and Saudi Arabia are taking it seriously.

They say that construction could start in 2033 and it would take about eight years to complete.

They’ve actually launched a crowdfunding campaign allowing anyone to buy a virtual ticket for $16 or an NFT that gives you access to your own virtual apartment in the turtle yacht.

For some reason we feel that wouldn’t be enough to get to $8 billion, though.



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