Majid Al Futtaim has signed a deal with Chile-based Crystal Lagoons to develop a fully swimmable, 70,000m2 lagoon at its new flagship mixed-use community in Dubai, Tilal Al Ghaf.
Lagoon Al Ghaf will feature 400 metres of sandy white beach and 1.5 kilometres of waterfront promenade.
As well as swimming, the lagoon will offer a selection of active water sports, including kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding.
Hawazen Esber, chief executive officer – 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.”
Crystal Lagoons 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.
The lagoon will also be filled and topped-up using groundwater, relieving pressure on the water table, which is rising in many of Dubai’s residential areas because of intensive irrigation for landscaping.
Carlos Salas, Crystal Lagoons regional director Middle East and Asia, said: “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.”
Launched in April, the three million square metre 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, and villas.
Around 355,000m2 of landscaped open space will include play areas, 18km of walkable trails, and 11km of cycling paths.