Urban waterfront and beach set for Dubai


The latest ambitious project to take place in Dubai in the run-up to Expo 2020 is the creation of the largest man-made lagoon in the world.

Drawing on its design ability to create a waterfront leisure experience anywhere across the globe Crystal Lagoons works alongside the hospitality sectors, residential developments and leisure facilities – and a major focus is the UAE for its waterside leisure projects.

Middle East regional director Carlos Salas praised the “ambition and vision of Dubai” as he outlined the project.


“We can transform any destination into an idyllic beach paradise as is the case of the lagoon at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One. This project is being developed by Crystal Lagoons and Meydan Sobha, a joint venture between Meydan Group and Sobha Group responsible for developing 45 million square feet of prime freehold land in the heart of Dubai; just 4km from Downtown Dubai.”

The 7km Crystal Lagoon within the District One development will create a man-made beachfront in the heart of the city with lush green landscaping and a 14km boardwalk. It is the first of its kind in the UAE and when finished will be the largest in the world, at 40 hectares.

It will offer exclusive access to swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and other non-motorised aquatic activities.


A 1.43-hectare pilot lagoon is already in operation and features a show home community of nine houses for a taster of the overall master planned development. Phase one of the lagoon project, which will cover around eight hectares, is soon to be finished with the second phase of nine hectares completed by the end of 2017.

The project is eco-friendly, and has been developed and designed to use any type of water, consuming very low amounts of energy and chemicals.

Salas said: “Our unique technology allows us to operate at a very low cost from both a construction and maintenance perspective, anywhere in the world.

“Our lagoons use up to 100 times less chemicals than conventional swimming pools and consume up to 2% of the energy needed by conventional filtration systems. Crystal Lagoons’ technology also requires very low water consumption, because the crystal clear lagoons are designed to operate on a closed circuit, and only need to compensate for water loss caused by evaporation.

“The lagoons consume just 50% of the water of a park of the same size and uses up to 30 times less fresh water than a golf course. Additionally, by using Crystal Lagoons evaporation control film technology, water consumption is reduced even further. The knock-on effects to the environment at a local and global level are phenomenal.”

The company said this project is the beginning of a great concept in GCC countries, where now beach projects can be developed in previously unimaginable areas, away from the coast.

Salas said:“Crystal Lagoons is bringing the ocean closer to the people and changing forever the real estate paradigm of ‘location, location, location’. All of our projects have had a positive impact by increasing project density, sales price, and sales velocity.

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