Dubai develops luxury marina project at Mina Rashid port

Posted: 05-Dec-17 09:13

As demand for cruises and yacht parking increases in the Emirate, Dubai government is working on an ambitious project to improve and expand its infrastructure. Once all works are finished, Mina Rashid port will welcome a new luxury marina complete with an integrated entertainment centre.

Dubai develops luxury marina project at Mina Rashid port

Currently an important port used mainly for commercial activities, Mina Rashid will soon also be renowned as a tourism harbour. After carefully studying its potential as a cruise destination, Dubai authorities have embarked on a project to create a new marina complex offering wonderful entertainment facilities for visitors. Once it is complete, the marina will be capable of accommodating 20,000 yachts.

Stretching over 13 square kilometres, the new development, simply called Marinas, seeks to unite luxury maritime facilities with excellent leisure options. The tourism attraction will feature its own integrated entertainment city, which will be named Marina Cube. Once it is complete, the project will comprise cafes, restaurants, retail shops and walking paths as well as residential units and an area to receive small seaplanes.

The ongoing Marinas project was recently inaugurated by Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mansour toured the location accompanied by Sultan Bin Sulayem, Dubai Ports World Group Chairman & CEO, and Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC).

The development is owned and managed by P&O Marinas, now a part of Dubai Ports World, alongside third parties who specialise and have experience in selling these kinds of products. Mohammed Al Mannaei, CEO of P&O Marinas declared that the residential area for boat crews will also be located within the marina and added that:

“All kinds of entertainment will be available; all the kinds of requirements of boat users will be available inside the marina.”

As it expands, Mina Rashid will be separated into three parts: a cruise terminal, a ferry terminal and the marinas. Part of P&O’s goal is for the new marinas to be able to harbour a great number of Dubai’s growing fleet of yachts. Once fully operational, it will include 19 designated docks from A to U, plus 646 berths that can accommodate more than 5,000 boats. During the first phase, the marina development will cover yachts of up to 10 metres, and the second phase will seek to accommodate yachts of up to 160 metres. When referring to the high demand for boat yacht accommodation, Al Mannaei stated:

“I believe there is a shortage of parking for boats in Dubai, and this is the information we’ve received from the factories and boat owners.”

With the promotion of the city as a cruise destination, Dubai prepares to welcome a larger public, which is expected to continue growing in the upcoming years. The emirate welcomed over 625,000 cruise tourists via a total of 157 ship calls during the last cruise season, compared to 133 ship calls in the 2015 to 2016 season, reflecting an increase of 15 per cent. By 2020, authorities expect to receive over a million cruise tourists.


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