The crystal lagoon at Citystars Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt will be officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the largest in the world.
The 120,000 m2 crystal lagoon that has won the world title is designed by Chilean architect Fernando Fischmann. The previous record holder was at San Alfonso del Mar in Chile, measuring an area of 80,000 m2.
“The state-of-the-art green design of Crystal Lagoon Sharm al-Sheikh is completely environmentally friendly, and fulfils the highest standards of environmental safety,” said Engineer Yehia al-Meteini, general manager of Golden Pyramids Plaza, and chairman of Golden Coast – the developer of the Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada Citystars projects, in a statement.
Joaquin Konow, engineer, and general manager of the Chile-based Crystal Lagoons Corporation said the firm will use “sophisticated patented technology” in the design and construction of the Sharm-based crystal lagoon.
“Our green technology has drawn worldwide attention, owing to its demonstrated efficiency in generating and using clean energy,” he added. According to him, this technology will enable electro-thermal power plants to perform all the required cooling activities more efficiently, but without using the traditional cooling towers, which rely on seawater, or other natural resources.
He added this will cut down installation costs, and the amount of water consumed in heat recovery. “As this clean technology doesn’t rely on seawater or cooling, the Lagoon’s power plant can be installed away from the sea coast; thus, reducing the potential environmental hazards,” Konow added.
Al-Meteini predicted the lagoon will add to the tourism and real estate markets, “not only in Egypt, but also in the Arab region at large.”
“Once it is completed, the Sharm El Sheikh version of the Crystal Lagoon will clinch the world title, and will attract global attention, especially among beach tourists,” added Konow.