Dubai – MENA Herald: Crystal Lagoons, the current holder of two Guinness World Records and the patented technology developer of giant crystalline lagoons, is expanding its global presence with its first project in India with the launch of a 6.5-hectare lagoon in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Located at the heart of the Dream City project, which is currently under phase one of development by leading Indian real estate company, D.S. Kulkarni Developers ltd., the mixed-use community will feature a sparkling crystalline lagoon used for recreational activities and, due to the layout of the lagoon, a means of transport throughout the development via water taxis.   

“Entry into the Maharashtra state, home to 114 million people, marks Crystal Lagoons 12th MENASA project and takes the global tally to over 300,” said Carlos Salas, Middle East Regional Director, Crystal Lagoons.    

The one million square metre project will be home to eight thousand luxury residential units and 50,000 people when completed as well as a host of office buildings, targeting both NRIs, local buyers as well as investors. The development will also cater to a burgeoning tourism market and the city’s four million inhabitants with a five star hotel, marine club, multiple restaurants, malls and multiplexes.   

Health and well-being will also be a key feature of Dream City with a number of exotic gardens and ample green space set to provide a sense of tranquility and spirituality within a culturally rich lifestyle in the gated community. A partnership with English Premiership side, Liverpool Football Club, and over 30 other sports and games will ensure a platform for future champions is in place.   

“This landmark signing underscores Crystal Lagoons global expansion and further highlights our expertise in creating manmade lagoons through the application of our revolutionary technology. Since the company launched we have created a number of unique leisure-centric destinations and added bodies of water to a range of developments and enhanced real estate value that otherwise would not be possible,” said Salas.   

“Dream City represents an important milestone for Crystal Lagoons and our partnership with DSK Group gives us a unique opportunity to contribute our expertise towards a world-class project at the heart of a new cultural and sustainable icon for the region and for India,” added Salas.   

In addition to the many sports available on land, Crystal Lagoons will also incorporate a diverse range of experiences for keen water sports enthusiasts and families alike. Not only will the network of canals provide a means of transport they will also provide opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and swimming.

A total of 100,000 cubic metres (310,600 gallons) of water will be required to fill the 6-hectare lagoon, which will be fringed by a range of recreational areas and estimated to be in the region of US$200 million investment and will be one of the biggest Lagoons in Asia once completed.   

Under a phased development over a decade-long period, the lagoon is scheduled to be operational upon completion of phase one of the project, which has a scheduled launch date of Q2 2016.

DSK Group has over 30-years’ of experience in real estate, travel and tourism as well as automobiles, education and finance.  

Crystal Lagoons currently has a global portfolio of 300 projects located in 60 countries from South America to the Middle East, and holds two Guinness World Records’ titles with high profile locations in San Alfonso del Mar, Chile and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, which is currently the world’s largest lagoon at 12,5 hectares.

The only global company with the technological capability to make the development of giant controlled manmade bodies of water economically viable, Crystal Lagoons is positioning itself as offering a unique product differentiator to high profile tourism projects around the world.

The lagoons 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 incredibly sustainable.

Crystal Lagoons has revolutionized the real estate markets worldwide by enabling to build up project in places previously deemed unthinkable, and by changing the lifestyle of people, providing a safe and sustainable environment.