THE idea of paying to take a dip might seem foreign to Aussie beachgoers, but in the Middle East a pay-per-use model could become the norm under plans by developers.
Mega-pool creator Crystal Lagoons has announced plans to introduce its resort-style lagoons and man-made beaches to locations across the Middle East, with discussions underway with developers in Abu Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain.
Arabian Business says Crystal Lagoons is already working on a mountain-top facility in Egypt and the second phase of a 36-hectare project in Dubai that will result in the largest man-made lagoon in the world.
Crystal claims its systems are environmentally friendly and use less energy and chemicals than traditional water treatment processes.
It says its plans will benefit real estate and tourism markets with “an idyllic beach lifestyle”.