Food trucks are great, but a floating kitchen on the seas of Dubai is even better. The project will soon be developed, and it will offer everything from delicious food to jet ski, boat, and yacht rentals.
The Aqua Pod was primarily developed and built by Aquatic Architects Design Studio. Said the firm’s founder, Ahmad Yousuf:
“We started this project back in May of last year, with the Aqua Pod taking three months to construct. The goal here is to redefine the idea of a food truck — which is always found on land — and to develop what you can call a floating kitchen that serves people who are in marine craft rather than cars.”
The Aqua Pod will start its operations in Jumeriah, then travel toward areas such as Al Sufouh and Kite Beach. “The Aqua Pod is able to move around and relocate depending on consumer demand,” said Yousuf.
A specialized ordering system has been developed for the unconventional venture.
“The first method we have created is called the flags system, which sees a delivery jet ski leaving out of the Aqua Pod and going to all of the boats around us giving them the flags,” said the firm’s founder. “The people on those boats who want to make an order can raise their flag, and the jet ski will go back out to take their order, and then deliver the food as well when the entire order is complete.”
The second method requires people to order directly at the Aqua Pod. “They can stop their boat or jet ski along the pod and place their order with the cashier,” said Yousuf. “This is more designed for smaller marine craft rather than the bigger ones.”
The menu will feature burgers, as they are the “most convenient food to sell,” according to Yousuf. He said,
“Our client decided to go with the burger concept, most people out on the beach like to eat a burger, and it’s the easiest meal to consume. In the future, the menu options can be expanded to pizzas and desserts depending on the success.”
Gulf News reports that the Aqua Pod will be built with sustainability in mind. Not only will the world’s first kitchen run on electric, it will have a system that can collect trash found in the sea.
“The Aqua Pod was designed with sustainable mechanisms, the whole pod will be electronically run, this includes an electrical propulsion. The pod also has a built- in system that allows it to collect any trash in the sea,” said Yousuf. “So even if someone makes an order from us and then throws that trash into the sea — which is out of our control — the Aqua Pod can take in all that waste into one of its tanks, which is then discharged afterwards.”
h/t Gulf News