Majid Al Futtaim Signs Agreement to Build a Crystal Lagoon and Swimming Beach at Flagship Dubai Community Tilal Al Ghaf

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, has signed an agreement with Chile-based company Crystal Lagoons to develop the fully swimmable 70,000 square metre Lagoon Al Ghaf at its new flagship mixed-use community in Dubai, Tilal Al Ghaf.

Crystal Lagoons’ patented state-of-the-art water treatment technology, proven
through 12 years of successful use worldwide, allows the construction and
treatment of any sized body of water. Setting a new benchmark for community
living crafted around wellbeing and human engagement, Lagoon Al Ghaf will 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.

“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,” said Hawazen Esber, Chief Executive
Officer – Communities at Majid Al Futtaim – Properties.

Lagoon Al Ghaf will be the heart of Tilal Al Ghaf and is in line with Majid Al
Futtaim’s placemaking strategy for the community to offer diverse, family
friendly recreational choices. Featuring more than 400 metres of sandy white
beach and 1.5 kilometres of waterfront promenade, it will offer 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.

The Crystal Lagoons 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. Further enhancing Tilal Al Ghaf’s sustainability
targets, the 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.

“This is an eco-friendly and sustainable technology, setting a new standard for
public space and leisure,” said Carlos Salas, Crystal Lagoons Regional Director
Middle East and Asia. “We are able to transform any location into a beautiful
beach paradise, and provide a unique amenity for the community to enjoy.”

The first Crystal Lagoon opened in 2006 as part of the San Alfonso del Mar
resort in Chile, and the company now has more than 600 projects in 60 countries
worldwide in different stages of development and negotiation.

Majid Al Futtaim launched Tilal Al Ghaf, it’s new flagship mixed-use community
in Dubai, during April. Spanning three million square metres at the intersection
of Hessa Street and Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, 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. As well as the leisure
opportunities afforded by the Crystal Lagoon, around 355,000 square metres of
landscaped open space will include green spaces and play areas, 18km of walkable
trails and 11km of cycling paths.

The public can explore plans for Tilal Al Ghaf in more detail by visiting the
Majid Al Futtaim Experience Centre at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.

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