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NEWS FOCUS All images: Government of Dubai Media Office Dubai Harbour – plans for MENA’s largest marina As the January/February issue of Marina World was closing for press, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the development of Dubai Harbour. Here’s a more detailed follow-up report on the unique new waterfront destination that will feature the largest marina in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The project, located on King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, in the area between Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm Jumeirah (also known as Mina Al Seyahi) will be developed by Dubai’s leading holding company Meraas. Styled as an iconic luxury waterfront destination that extends over 460 acres (186ha), Dubai Harbour will include a 1,400-berth marina as well as a cruise ship port and terminal, a shopping mall, events arena, luxurious residential buildings, hotels, offices, retail stores, public services, restaurants, cafés and Dubai Lighthouse. The masterplan of the new destination integrates Skydive Dubai, Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) and Logo Island into a single community. To be developed in phases, the project will be completed in four years once ground has been broken. HH Sheikh Mohammed said: “We are happy that this new project, which represents a unique and innovative new addition to the region’s tourism landscape, opens up a range of new opportunities to investors. Dubai Harbour creates a venue for new investments that support our vision for this important sector and promises to further accelerate the expansion of the tourism industry in the UAE, which is already growing rapidly. I am confident that the project will have a highly positive impact on our entire region’s tourism sector. We are keen to encourage new projects and promote investments that will contribute to bringing to the region more tourists interested in experiencing this part of the world.” The unique destination, which adds a new dimension to Dubai’s flourishing tourism industry, is set to further enhance Dubai’s position as a leading global hub for maritime tourism. The project will create synergies with some of Dubai’s other iconic projects located in the area including Palm Jumeirah and the upcoming Bluewaters Island project. Dubai Harbour is also set to enhance the city’s profile as a magnet for wealth and investment and promises to be an attractive destination for GCC yacht owners, who own one third of the world’s largest superyachts. Accessible by land, sea and air and linked through state of the art infrastructure to Sheikh Zayed Road, Palm Jumeirah, King Salman 26 - March/April 2017

NEWS FOCUS bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street and Bluewaters Island, Dubai Harbour will become an eye-stopping landmark. “Dubai has constantly amazed the world with its ability to create great projects. A futuristic project of the highest standards, Dubai Harbour confirms our commitment to innovation and creativity,” said Meraas group chairman, HE Abdulla Al Habbai. “The project demonstrates our approach of thinking differently to create new opportunities that stimulate economic activity in this area. This project will develop a waterfront destination that will stimulate fresh growth in the tourism sector.” Dubai Harbour is anticipated to create new employment opportunities and attract substantial investments. The destination is also expected to have an incremental impact on the value of neighbouring properties. Integrated transport infrastructure Meraas will work closely with various Dubai government entities, in particular with RTA, to deliver a futuristic infrastructure that connects Dubai Harbour to the surrounding areas and provides multi-mode transport systems within the development. The project will also feature water stations in various areas of the destination especially under the shopping mall and select hotels to offer direct access to the buildings. The water stations will play a major role in facilitating water transportation in the The announcement of Dubai Harbour was made in the presence of Crown Prince of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum; chairman of Dubai International Marine Club HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; director general of Dubai Protocol Department HE Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman; and group chairman of Meraas HE Abdulla Al Habbai. - March/April 2017 27

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