Dubai tops charts as global maritime leisure destination
Published: Friday, 09 February 2018
Dubai has recently made waves in the global maritime leisure industry, with the upcoming International Boat Show on February 27-March 3 and Norway-based Menon Business Group’s announcement on the emirate as one of the top ten maritime capitals last year, and fifth in terms of competitiveness and attractiveness.
(Photo: Dubai International Boat Show)
The Dubai Show will shine on the UAE city’s new waterfront developments in their new venue at the Dubai Canal, Jumeirah, to showcase a collection of yachts and boats from top manufacturers. The show will also host aquatic experiences for families, from kitesurfing and kayaking, to sailing and jet-skiing.
The newly opened site has a 3.2km extension ranges 80-120m in width and cuts through Dubai’s main artery, the Sheikh Zayed Road, across Safa Park and into the residential Jumeirah district, connecting with the Arabian Gulf. This adds 6.4km of waterfront to the emirate and creates 80,000sqm for public space and facilities.
Franco Gianni, owner of Dubai-based SFG Yacht Design, one of nearly 800 brands set to exhibit at the Show said of the new projects.
“New developments are taking the region’s marine capabilities to a new level. Dubai’s marinas are recognised as some of the best in the world and that’s only going to continue. The number of berths and marina space in Dubai is vital to its growth as a maritime destination.”
Dubai also owes its rise to the rankings to marina initiatives such as Sea Dubai, a programme launched at the end of 2017 by Dubai Maritime City Authority. It is to create a safe, integrated and sustainable marine sector and will set clear structures for the registration and licensing of sailing permits as well as designate areas for sailing vessels, permitted yachts, berthing and anchoring.
“Integrating and streamlining Dubai’s maritime leisure products will have positive implications for sea-goers in Dubai, visitors and residents alike. With the support of our partners, we are confident that we will realise the objectives of Sea Dubai of developing state-of-the-art facilities, clear policy structures and generating new job prospects in the maritime leisure industry,” said Amer Ali, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority.