The Dutch Docklands company, innovators in floating technology, have drawn up a shortlist of six design candidates for Troon Golf’s Maldives Floating Island Project.

Presentations to the Dutch Docklands’ board were made by the candidates, including Major champions and Ryder Cup legends, after the culmination of the Race to Dubai in the UAE.

The Royal Indian Ocean Club will be designed by one of the six candidates carefully chosen by the Dutch Docklands Group.

Design concepts, integration methods and environmental and sustainability outlines for the project have been put forward by some of the industry’s most respected names.

A final decision will be made in conjunction with the Maldives government and operations will begin next year.

CEO of Dutch Docklands, Paul Van De Camp, said: “Each candidate has been required to follow a stringent set of guidelines integral to our joint venture initiative with the Maldives Government.

“We have created a dynamic model around tried and tested technologies, in order to provide a multi-dimensional solution for our partners.”