Maritime City to have high-rise towers and business hotel

Maritime Centre offers the choicest of business amenities. (SUPPLIED)

Dubai Maritime City, the world's first purpose-built maritime centre and a member of the Dubai World group of companies, has launched its Maritime Centre that will serve as the city's business capital.

The centre will comprise five high-rise towers called the Creek Towers and Plaza, a landmark tower positioned at the head of the peninsula and seven plots earmarked for potential developers to establish their own commercial towers. "The Maritime Centre will be the world's most exclusive, not necessarily expensive, maritime real estate investors' paradise," John Ewing, Chief Commercial Officer, Dubai Maritime City, said in a statement.

Designed as an urban corporate park, the Maritime Centre is the first exclusive maritime cluster in the world, offering the choicest business amenities including a five-star business hotel and premium-serviced apartments.

The Maritime Centre was launched on Monday at the Pasidonia 2008, the world's biggest maritime industry event being held at the Hellenikon Exhibition Centre in Athens, up to June 6.

The Maritime Centre, which will be the heart of this man-made peninsula will use its strategic location, Dubai's famed lifestyle, infrastructure developments and world-renowned financial clout to influence investors and maritime entrepreneurs to look at Dubai as home.

Dubai Maritime City is spread over a massive 2.27 million square meters of reclaimed land with a primary focus on corporate maritime but also covering every aspect of industrial commercial and leisure requirements of the maritime fraternity.

"A study by renowned consulting firm DNV Maritime Solutions said Dubai is set to emerge as one of the world's most competitive maritime clusters," said Amer Ali, CEO of Dubai Maritime City, at a press conference in Athens.

Sitting at the tip of the peninsula, the Maritime Centre is the focal point of Dubai Maritime City, serving as the universal capital for all maritime businesses.

"The Centre incorporates a series of multi-level facilities aimed at diverse functions and purposes such as state-of-the-art international maritime conference facilities, retail outlets consisting of shops and restaurants, with walkways and promenades, attractive landscaping and recreational areas.

To further enhance its reputation as a business, leisure and residential haven for the international maritime community, Dubai Maritime City has implemented stringent environmental protection policies, ensuring conservation measures are followed with regards to energy and water, while guaranteeing optimum health standards for all occupants.

All developers and contractors have to secure green building certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) principles. A special Dubai Maritime City panel has also been created to review every project within the complex and assess its degree of compliance to the environmental requirements in terms of design, operations and best practices making Dubai Maritime City.

Ali said: "Dubai Maritime City will be the first maritime centre to implement the green building concept."