CRYSTAL Lagoons has launched a one-of-a-kind mega lagoon development in Saudi Arabia, which will be a key leisure component of a $4-billion mixed-used project north of Jeddah.
The second project in the country for the company, the eight-hectare lagoon will be part of the ongoing 240-hectare development by the Prince Sultan Cultural Centre (PSCC).
“This will be the largest manmade crystalline lagoon of its kind in the kingdom and represents yet another milestone in Crystal Lagoons’ efforts to expand its Middle East presence,” said Kevin Morgan, the CEO of Crystal Lagoons.
“The project also holds special significance for the country as it is being built to honour the memory of the late Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and our partnership with PSCC gives us a unique opportunity to contribute our expertise towards a world-class project at the heart of a new a cultural icon for the region.”
Designed to be self-cleaning, the lagoons only require topping up in response to evaporation and use up to 100 times less chemicals than traditional pool systems, and only two per cent of the energy required by conventional filtering technologies, making them highly sustainable.
PSCC’s mixed-use project will include a dedicated medical city, cultural centre, educational facilities, luxury hotels, residential villas and apartments supported by extensive leisure facilities including the country’s first-ever Jack Nicklaus nine-hole golf course.
A multi-phased project, with phase one scheduled for completion in 2015, the project has already broken ground and is scheduled to be up and running within the next three to five years.
It will comprise 3,600 residential units that include apartments, villas and condominiums, three hotels with a total of 750 rooms, a business park and a medical park which will include hospitals, clinics and support services administered by Houston Methodist, the largest hospital operator in the US.
An international university, two schools, extensive retail and the cultural centre will round off the development.
The US-headquartered Crystal Lagoons holds patented technology for its giant crystalline lagoons.