Carlos Salas. Carlos Salas.

Crystal Lagoons is set to target Oman where tourism investment is expected to top US$1.7 billion by 2026, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

The company, offering sustainable lagoons, will build a 40-hectare lagoon as part of a mixed-use development project in Oman by Alargan Towell Investment Company, and will be the centrepiece to three hotels, serviced apartments, a mixed-use souk and other amenities.

Crystal Lagoons has also signed a deal with Palm’s Beach Company to build a five-hectare lagoon as the centrepiece for the Al Nakheel Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) in the Wilayat of Barka. Construction of the lagoon is due to start in Q1 2018.

Carlos Salas, regional director, Middle East of Crystal Lagoons, said in a statement: "Developing Oman’s tourism industry is a top priority for the government, investment is likely to see a number of recognised hospitality brands coming into the market. At Crystal Lagoons our technology allows us to develop mass bodies of water that are not only highly sustainable but also offer incredible turquoise water ideal for a range of water sports in a safe environment, perfect for large resorts and residential developments."

The technology uses up to 30 times less water than a golf course and half of the water required to irrigate a park of the same size. A manmade lagoon also uses 100 times less chemicals than a traditional filtration system and 2% of the energy required by conventional water treatment systems for swimming pools and drinking water.

In addition to expansion in the Middle East, Crystal Lagoons has also recently revealed plans to create a new business model which will see the company introduce Public Access Lagoons (PALs) around the world. 

Crystal Lagoons currently has more than 600 projects in different development and negotiation stages in 60 countries worldwide. The company holds two Guinness World Records for the world’s largest manmade lagoon, the first in San Alfonso del Mar, Chile; and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, which is the current world record holder at 12.2 hectares.

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