An exclusive residential development in the UAE puts PolySoft at the heart of future-perfect Beach Boys’ cool.
Wouldn’t it be nice ... not to have to get in a car to go to the beach? Residential developments don’t come much swankier than the Damac Hills community in the United Arab Emirates, where homes are arranged within 37 hectares of parkland, sporting amenities, lakes stocked with fish and... the jewel in this crown?
A private wave pool and artificial beach fringed by palm trees is complemented by a shady splash-about haven for barefoot kids in the retro-themed Malibu Bay water paradise.
Malibu Bay’s “beach” and adjacent splash park are within walking distance for families at Damac Hills. There are no traffic jams, steaming vehicles or boiling bitumen — just easy access to gently lapping wavelets, and water play on PolySoft’s slip-resistant, hygienic surface.
PolySoft Splash was a natural choice for the750 square metre play area, sprinkled by water jets, fountains and spouting buckets. The searing Dubai sun shining through chlorinated water would quickly fade most materials, but PolySoft will retain its vibrant appeal for longer, due to a unique composition of polyolefin beads each coloured to the core with rich pigments. PolySoft’s beaded structure is also designed to deflect rather than absorb heat, keeping it degrees cooler than other surfaces exposed to the same conditions.
Malibu Bay opened in late 2020 to widespread appreciation, and a little envy on the part of those outside the gated community. “There has been a lot of excited chatter about the beach,” said Niall McLoughlin, Senior Vice President of Damac Properties, developer of the site, who added, that it really feels like Malibu, “with the serene green landscape... the wave pool and the graffiti artwork and surfboards integrated into the design”.
The waves themselves are generated by a giant tethered ball, imported from Belgium, which plunges up and down within an enclosure at the centre of the vast turquoise “ocean”.
Food trucks in the form of iconic 1960s Kombi vans cater to Little Surfer Girls and boys who’ve worked up an appetite bobbing on the artificial tide or running through the splash park’s waterworks.
“Malibu Bay is a lot of fun. It’s great to see PolySoft applied seamlessly in this luxurious setting” says PolySoft Managing Director, Ophelia Zhu. She adds “More and more urban dwellers want access to entertaining, but safe environments where they can feel at ease playing with their kids. Malibu Bay sets a high standard for future developments.”