Majid Al Futtaim pairs up with Crystal to develop enormous swimmable lagoon in Dubai

Posted: 11-Jun-18 09:01

Leading Dubai leisure enterprise, Majid Al Futtaim recently signed an agreement with Chile-based company, Crystal Lagoons for an exciting water project. The partnership will develop a 70,000 square-metre fully swimmable lagoon in the new mixed-used community of Tilal Al Ghaf. This unique attraction will use eco-friendly technology and offer fun options such as water sports.

Majid Al Futtaim pairs up with Crystal to develop enormous swimmable lagoon in Dubai

An amazing attraction is set to crown the new community of Tilal Al Ghaf. Pioneers in leisure developments within Dubai, who have begun developing this mixed-use project, Majid Al Futtaim decided to make the community even more remarkable by pairing up with Chile-based company Crystal Lagoons for the development of the fully swimmable 70,000-square-metre Lagoon Al Ghaf. The impressive body of water will be a great recreational option for guests, offering green spaces, play areas, and water sports.

Set near Dubai Sports City, Tilal Al Ghaf is a phased project that will include more than 6,500 freehold homes when complete by 2027, ranging from apartments, townhouses and bungalows, through to substantial luxury villas. Majid Al Futtaim’s flagship community development will span over 3 million square metres at the intersection of Hessa Street and Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street.

The lagoon, which is set to become Tilal al Ghaf’s main attraction, will feature more than 400 metres of sandy white beach and 1.5 kilometres of waterfront promenade, offering a scenic outlook for The Hive, Club Hive and Hive Park, the community’s vibrant retail, dining and leisure hub. As well as swimming, the Crystal Lagoon will host a selection of active water sports, including kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding.

When speaking of the ambitious new development, Hawazen Esber, the chief executive of communities at Majid Al Futtaim (Properties), said:

"The centrepiece of Tilal Al Ghaf’s masterplan is shaped around active and passive spaces. The swimmable Crystal Lagoon adds a new dimension to community living standards, giving residents and visitors a genuine resort lifestyle experience. The vision is to create a shared space that everyone can use, where families can enjoy meaningful moments together, and where friends and neighbours can meet and relax in an engaging setting.”

According to the statement released by developers, the lagoon looks to bring a slice of tropical paradise to community residents’ doorstep. It will also provide a high degree of public access to the Crystal Lagoon area, one that is exclusive but is shared with neighbours and guests, creating a premier setting for special events. In addition, the community will count with 18 kilometres of walkable trails and 11 kilometres of cycling paths.

In regards to the costs and the impact the lagoon will have on the environment, the Chile-based company estimates that its technology uses up to half the water needed to maintain a park of the same size, and up to 30 times less water than a standard golf course. In order to meet sustainability goals, Crystal Lagoon will be filled and topped-up using groundwater. This will relieve pressure on the water table, which is rising in many of Dubai’s residential areas because of intensive irrigation for landscaping.

Carlos Salas, the regional director for the Middle East and Asia at Crystal Lagoons, spoke about the importance of respecting surroundings and using resources responsibly:

“This is an eco-friendly and sustainable technology, setting a new standard for public space and leisure. We are able to transform any location into a beautiful beach paradise, and provide a unique amenity for the community to enjoy.”

Although this is the first time, Crystal Lagoon ventures in such a large-scale Dubai project, the company opened in 2006 as part of the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile. The company now has more than 600 projects in 60 countries worldwide in different stages of development and negotiation.

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