In MENA Crystal Lagoons is developing 15 new Public Access Lagoons™ and real estate projects

The growth of Crystal Lagoons in the MENA market do not stop there as it has now agreed to develop 15 new projects, which will be developed under the successful Public Access Lagoons™ (also known as PAL™ complexes) and real estate models.

This firm is consolidating its rapid expansion in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through a partnership with major regional investors and foreign equity funds that are interested in this unique and highly profitable amenity. Currently, the multinational innovation company has ongoing initiatives at different stages of development in countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.

Egypt is a benchmark for the company, having become in the most important market in the MENA region for Crystal Lagoons, accounting for almost half of its project portfolio, with 16 developments at different stages of development. Its flagship project is Citystars Sharm El Sheikh, in the middle of the Sinai desert, with a 12.5-hectare crystalline lagoon. Now, the multinational is moving forward with five new complexes for next year, which will be located at the Red Sea (Abu Soma) and in Cairo and be built in association with the same developers of the Sharm El Sheikh (Sharbatly) and Fouka Bay and Mount Galala (Tatweer Misr) projects, on Egypt’s Northern Coast.

Interest in Crystal Lagoons® technology is also increasing in Dubai. One of the most recognizable projects is Meydan, a complex with the most expensive square meter in the United Arab Emirates. Its centerpiece is a magnificent 40-hectare lagoon that is soon to be extended to 60 hectares, which will ensure it breaks the record as the world’s largest crystalline lagoon for the third time. The company is negotiating a master agreement –exclusive license agreements for specific geographical areas and a significant number of PAL™ projects- in Dubai for five Public Access Lagoons™. These complexes will be in partnership with a prestigious German-African real estate fund.

Meanwhile, the luxury Tilal Al Ghaf residential development will expand its 7-hectare man-made lagoon to 13 hectares after seeing extraordinary sales figures. This will position Tilal Al Ghaf among the top five best-selling off-plan projects in Dubai. The resort is being jointly developed with Majid Al Futtaim, a major firm with a presence in 13 MENA countries.

Lastly, the multinational is negotiating three new contracts in Saudi Arabia. Two master agreements for PAL™ lagoons and a real estate project in Jeddah.

The revolution of Public Access Lagoons™ developments.

PAL™ projects are attracting great interest worldwide. This is clearly reflected in the success of the master agreement model through which the company has already more than 800 projects at various stages of development across strategic markets. These immense bodies of water are suitable for swimming and create a beach-like atmosphere just meters from your doorstep. The crystal-clear lagoons and white sandy beaches are also open to the general public on payment of an entrance fee and so provide a tropical experience in the middle of a city. These paradisiacal lagoon surroundings can be used for trade shows, product launches, cultural activities in multiple settings, weddings, hotels, retail, restaurants, terraces, domes and amphitheaters, making them the meeting point of the 21st century.

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In Onikisubat, Turkey, the Public Access Lagoons™ project by Crystal Lagoons, which has the largest lagoon in Europe, is garnering worldwide attention as the venue for a significant expo and summit on healthy lifestyles, green economies, sustainable living, education, and innovation.

The event promotes cooperation and knowledge exchange among countries regarding an environmentally respectful and sensitive culture within cities.

The Mayor of Onikisubat, Hanefi Mahçiçek, emphasized the significance of this development as the most prominent setting for the event due to its environmental characteristics. He also noted that the PAL™ development is part of the urban plan to transform the city into a model and modern district.

Indeed, one of the attributes of this project, in partnership with the local municipality, is the sustainability of Crystal Lagoons® technology and its contribution to urban public entertainment, setting a new standard with high social impact.

This Expo 2023 features the participation of over 24 countries and is expected to draw more than 2 million visitors worldwide. The exhibition encourages cooperation and knowledge exchange among countries on healthy lifestyles, green economies, sustainable living, education, and innovation.

The sustainability of Crystal Lagoons® technology, which has received multiple global awards, has been certified by Bureau Veritas for its low water and energy consumption. Another noteworthy feature is that it uses any type of water: fresh, seawater, or brackish. It uses up to 100 times fewer chemicals than a traditional pool and can reduce the carbon footprint in the tourism and transportation sector by over 40%.In Turkey, Crystal Lagoons is also in advanced negotiations to develop PAL® projects in several country cities. These complexes provide access to crystalline lagoons and white sandy beaches for anyone through the purchase of a ticket, delivering a tropical paradise experience amid the city. Around the lagoon are spaces for fairs, launches, food halls, weddings, hotels, shops, restaurants, and concerts on multiple stages, terraces, domes, and amphitheaters.

Crystal Lagoons has completed a significant expansion in Australia. The multinational innovation company has signed an important contract with investment fund Vibranium Capital Partners to develop 16 new Public Access Lagoons™ projects, also known as PAL™ developments, in Australia. Additionally, the agreement considers the possibility of entering with ten additional projects in other countries in Oceania and Southeast Asia.

Australian cities have been ranked among the best in the world because of their geographical richness and nature. Through this contract, cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast will have large crystalline lagoons suitable for swimming and water sports, surrounded by white sand beaches. These complexes contribute new beach hubs, catering to the Australian lifestyle where aquatic activities and entertainment are prioritized.

While these cities are located close to the coast, the projects of Crystal Lagoons will develop second and safer shorelines. They will provide additional tourist infrastructure to the natural beaches that enable people to swim and practice water sports securely, free from the sea risks in that area.

The partner in this contract is an Australian investment fund with operations in Oceania, the Americas, and Asia, with more than 30 years of experience and an investment portfolio of US$4 billion. The firm’s interest in the PAL™ model is to expand its strategic partnerships and real estate development opportunities in key markets.


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Like all public access projects of Crystal Lagoons, the centerpiece is a crystalline lagoon, which can be accessed via ticketed entry. The PAL™ complexes also incorporate restaurants, multifamily areas, hotels, retail, beach clubs, etc.

Australians love the water and outdoor life. However, as with many tourist destinations worldwide, coastal edges are highly developed, and land is expensive. PAL™ developments offer a successful and sustainable alternative to developing beach and recreational infrastructure in inland areas, giving a larger part of the population access to these recreational spaces,” said Alastair Sinclair, Regional Director of Crystal Lagoons.

“We look forward to leveraging our experience under this partnership and the potential of Crystal Lagoons® concepts and technology, particularly in Australia. We will now focus on building partnerships with strategic investors, developers, and landowners in each of the territories to bring these projects to fruition,” added a Vibranium Capital Partners spokesperson.

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Since expanding to the United States, the success of Crystal Lagoons has not stopped. Their developments have always been at the forefront of real estate sales rankings in the country. This is the case with their first project, Epperson in Florida, to the newest ones, Mirada and Sunterra in Florida and Texas.

This is again confirmed by the 2023 real estate ranking by RCLCO, one of the USA’s leading real estate consulting firms, recently released. In it, five projects of Crystal Lagoons are among the top 50 top-selling master-planned communities in the country. These include Sunterra, Sierra Vista, Windsong Ranch in Texas, and Mirada and Epperson in Florida.

All of them have a crystalline lagoon as a central piece. Sunterra was the best-selling development in Texas, with a 49% increase. Mirada, which features the largest artificial lagoon in the country, grew 59% in sales, being the project of Crystal Lagoons with the greatest dynamism.

Within RCLCO’s rankings, developments with crystalline lagoons are always among the best sellers. Crystalline lagoons impact the speed of sale and price, generating an advantage over the competition.

According to the consultancy, the success and added value of the lagoons are because amenities like these are among the most sought after by families in this country. These bodies of water allow for water sports, beach life, outdoor activities, and access to nature, benefits that buyers increasingly value.

“Artificial lagoons are a cross-cutting sales driver confirmed in various rankings in all their versions, such as RCLCO and the John Burns Real Estate Consulting ranking. That’s why the United States is the world’s main market for Crystal Lagoons, with more than 275 projects in different stages of development and negotiation,” explains Ivan Manzur, Senior VP of Sales at Crystal Lagoons US Corp.

This success reflects how the Crystal Lagoons® concept and technology, patented worldwide, has become the world’s top amenity, changing the landscape and creating a unique environment of turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.


RCLCO, Real Estate Advisors

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