Crystal Lagoons adds sparkle to US$400 million Azha resort in Egypt
AA – Crystal Lagoons, the international water innovation company and developer of the ‘world’s top amenity’, able to bring an idyllic beach lifestyle to anywhere in the world, has teamed up with leading Egyptian real estate development company, Madaar Development to create two stunning lagoons surrounded by sandy beaches at the US$400 million Azha resort being built at Ain Sokhna in Egypt.
Combined, the crystal-clear lagoons will total over 16 hectares, spanning 6.4 hectares and 10.2 hectares with completion expected at the end of 2018. This will play a vital role in the appeal of Azha, a high-end waterfront luxury residential development that is being described as ‘the new capital of Egypt’, on the increasingly popular western Red Sea coast.
The announcement marks Crystal Lagoons’ 11th project in Egypt, which is emerging as a key market for the world-leading leisure amenity. Since the rapid adoption of this concept in Egypt, Crystal Lagoons has established an office in Cape Town, South Africa, and is also working in East and West Africa.
Alastair Sinclair, Crystal Lagoons’ Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, said of the announcement: “Our patented technology and successful business model adds significant value to a development at a very low cost, and it provides substantial Return on Investment in these developments. We have seen a lot of interest from South African developers, and in some East and West African countries. We look forward to announcing a project in South Africa soon.”
The 1.6 million-square-metre Azha development will feature a five-star line-up of luxurious amenities including spacious village residences, hotels and serviced apartments, a golf course and clubhouse, shops, community centres, a beach club, sports facilities and parks, and is expected to be fully operational by 2020. The crystal-clear lagoons, which will be the centre piece of the project, will provide ample space for a range of watersports including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing.
Crystal Lagoons is the only company with the technological capability to make the development of giant controlled manmade bodies of water economically viable.
A typical 3-hectare lagoon uses 30 times less water than an 18-hole golf course, and half of the water required to irrigate a park of equivalent size. Designed to be self-cleaning, the lagoons use up to 100 times less chemicals than traditional systems and only two percent of the energy required by conventional filtration technologies, making them incredibly sustainable. Furthermore, the company has recently unveiled a new film-based evaporation technology, which lowers water-waste rates by up to 70%.
Our technology provides a viable, sustainable solution, despite challenges such as water and energy supply. We can use any kind of water including brackish from underground aquifers, eliminating the need to consume valuable fresh water resources, something particularly important in Sub-Saharan Africa.” said Sinclair.
The company holds two Guinness World Records for the world’s largest lagoon, the first in San Alfonso del Mar, Chile and the second in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, which is the current world record holder at 12.2 hectares. Crystal Lagoons currently has over 600 projects, in various stages of development and negotiation, in 60 countries worldwide.
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