The construction of Dubai Maritime City is rapidly progressing ahead of schedule, according to Amer Ali, CEO of the world’s first purpose-built maritime centre and a member of the Dubai World Group.
He said major progress is being made in the expansion of the service network, including telecommunications, water, district cooling, electricity, wastewater pipelines, access roads, supporting civil infrastructure and landscaping works.
The Dubai Maritime City now plans to launch the first phase of its new marina berth project in time for the 16th Dubai International Boat Show, which will be held between March 11 to 15.
The new berthing facilities, to be located in the commercial district of the city, will enable the world’s largest maritime centre to address the growing market demand for berthing spaces in Dubai, with a population of 30,000 to 50,000 boats and yachts projected in the next five years.
A marine consultant is currently conducting a pre-construction wave study to ensure the safety of up to 50 marina berths, which will add considerable capacity to what is already one of the largest marinas in the country and the region with open sea access.
“This is a huge project to achieve, especially in only nine weeks, and it reflects our commitment to sustain the ongoing growth of the UAE’s maritime sector. Dubai is expected to become a leading maritime hub in the near future, and we at Dubai Maritime City are helping to develop the infrastructure so that this recognition can
be achieved as fast as possible” said Ali.
“By focusing on every detail, such as ensuring there is enough mooring space, we are pushing hard to find suitable solutions that cater to the requirements of what will become one of the world’s top maritime destinations,” Ali added.
The new berth project will also encompasses a cluster of multi-functional areas ranging from community and destination shopping quarters, hotel, marinas and ferry transit facilities.
“With the third and final phase of construction well under way, we are confident that many of the international visitors to the Boat Show will be impressed by the rapid progress and many benefits offered by Dubai Maritime City,” said Ali.
The reclamation work on Dubai Maritime City finished 12 months ago, and the dredging works started four years ago.
On completion by the end of 2009, Dubai Maritime City will emerge as one of the world’s most comprehensive communities designed especially for the international maritime industry, and will incorporate world-class attractions such as the UAE’s first National Maritime Museum, the Gulf’s largest ship lift, and a range of iconic infrastructure.
World-class lifestyle options will complement Dubai Maritime City’s attractive business and investment incentives such as free-zone benefits, pro-active government support, a tax-free business environment and effective port handling structures.
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