(DENNIS B MALLARI)
Emaar Hospitality Group will open its second marina within the Dubai Marina in mid-2008, along with a clubhouse built for the Dubai Marina Yacht Club.
The yacht club will be able to berth 116 vessels and has the largest dock among the four marinas due for completion, including Marina Mall and West Marina, within the waterfront project. Already 220 berths are available at East Marina. Once the four projects are up and running, Dubai Marina will eventually offer 600 berths.
“Dubai Marina is a demonstration of innovative adaptation to modern lifestyles, and offers a unique experience to the UAE by delivering a full spectrum of water-based activities such as yachting, sailing and invigorating water sports,” said Marc Dardenne, CEO of Emaar Hospitality Group. “The addition to Dubai Marina Yacht Club complements the needs of Dubai’s bustling boating community by showcasing several lifestyle amenities.”
The new clubhouse has been designed by international consultants to create a warm feeling, according to Emaar, and will include a lot of wooden features. It offers access to international yacht sale and brokers offices, a charter office and a boating school.
Paul Sorrell, acting general manager/harbour master, Dubai Marina Yacht Club, said: “The clubhouse and marina will appeal to the most discerning boat owners, offering the best of indoor and outdoor leisure pursuits. Boat owners can look forward to state-of-the-art facilities, catering for power boats ranging from nine to 35 metres in length. Our staff members will assist new boat owners in understanding the capabilities and variances involved with boating, and can offer friendly advice to ensure a most enjoyable day out.”
The general public will also be able to benefit from facilities such as a marine retail shopping arcade, restaurants, a nautical gift store and a yachting fashion boutique. A boat repair facility, to open soon, has been designed to offer essential services to boat owners with discounted rates applicable for Dubai Marina Yacht Club members.
The club’s licensed restaurants are also open to all. Built facing its own 116-berth private marina, the ground floor opens out through a waterfront café onto Marina Walk.
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