Crystal Lagoons Corp, the developer of giant crystalline lagoons which is building the world’s largest manmade lagoon at Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid City, has said it is planning to add new developments in Saudi Arabia and Oman.
The company said it will be venturing into Saudi Arabia for the first time, with two major developments under construction. Both lagoons will be located in Jeddah.
Crystal Lagoons’ portfolio of regional projects also includes an under development four-hectare lagoon located within the new Barka Resort in Oman. The Alargan-developed resort is situated 50km west of the capital, Muscat, and will also offer three hotels, serviced apartments, villas, townhouses, apartments and a souk.
Kevin P Morgan, CEO, Crystal Lagoons, said: “With ongoing investment into tourism infrastructure in key markets across the region from Oman to Saudi Arabia, and a positive economic outlook for a number of GCC nations specifically, this really is an exciting time to be at the forefront of leisure development in the Middle East.”
The company also announced the completion of the initial phase of its mega lagoon project as part of the high profile District 1 community at the upcoming Mohammed Bin Rashid City development in Dubai.
Phase one, which also includes a housing project with nine test homes which, together with the lagoon, are a ‘showroom’ for the development, which will eventually include residential areas, hotels and commercial opportunities.
The next phases of the lagoon project are set to be approximately eight hectares and be delivered in 2016, with an additional nine hectares completed by 2017, eventually covering a total area of 40 hectares.
Morgan added: “The initial phase of the lagoon at Meydan is just the precursor to what will ultimately be the world’s largest connected crystalline lagoon when all 40 hectares are transformed into an aquatic playground for watersports, poolside relaxation and family fun.”
The company’s global portfolio of 300 projects located in 60 countries now includes a total of eight operational or under development sites in the Middle East, including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE.
Its technology makes it possible for people to enjoy an authentic beach experience in previously unimaginable locations, such as the desert or in the centre of major cities
Designed to be self-cleaning, the lagoons use up to 100 times less chemicals than traditional systems, and only 2% of the energy required by conventional filtering technologies, making them incredibly sustainable.