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2021 November December Marina World

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IWMC: DUBAI sinuous

IWMC: DUBAI sinuous 2.5nm of artificial canal, and a broad offering of F&B surrounding all and creating a very pleasant side promenade enjoyed by locals and foreigners. It is particularly popular in the early morning (joggers) and in the evening (family strolls). While on board we all listened in to state of the industry presentations from around the globe. There were a few technical glitches when it came to the visuals but the speakers graciously improvised with viva voce presentations, all much enjoyed by the attentive audience. Later on we were transported to P&O Mina Rashid Marina, visiting the facility with the last light and admiring the colossal mass of Queen Elizabeth 2, resting there close to the centre of Dubai and reminding us of the maritime glory of years gone past. We embarked on the transatlantic liner to have our gala dinner – hosted by P&O Marinas – and, for the first time, the ceremony of the Golden Cleat Award (see p.39). Third conference day Greener and sustainable marinas were the matters up for discussion. Emmanuel Delarue, an architect with vast experience designing and building in Asia, talked about making smart cities with smart marinas work, both benefitting from the interfacing. Circular economy advantages, pointed out by Kellie Covington, gave valuable insight into what needs to be done for the future of the sector. Great presentations by Christophe Saune and Michael De Jong followed on how to build resilience and sustainability into nautical tourism and marinas. Idan Cohen from Pick a Pier showed us how to benefit from connections between marinas, and Kevin Desmond presented great examples of electric systems from other industries that can be applied to marinas. Kresimir Zic from Croatia followed up by explaining how IT can be applied very efficiently in marina operations, resulting in significant improvements in terms of quality and safety, as well as having financial benefits. The final presentation of this session offered delegates the opportunity to learn about and view the results of the anti-sedimentation system called Life Marina Plan, developed by the University of Bologna. Sara Anghel, Martinho Fortunato, Udo Kleinitz and I then outlined the areas of engagement with authorities that need to be recognised as The sponsor booth area, where lunch and refreshments were served, was the perfect spot for extra networking. contributing to economy and tourism and also what areas to expect as regulatory development progresses. Session seven focused on operational trends. Niklas Dahlstrom from Emirates Airlines explained the challenges around human resource training, a key consideration in a world in constant transformation, especially with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mika Parviainen of Marinetek discussed how the growing demand for floating residential developments in marinas will impact new layouts and operations. Dean Smith of D-Marin outlined the requirements associated with the size increase of yachts and Vasco de Cet reminded us about the important role of marinas as the frontier between land and sea in terms of infrastructure and operational impact. In summarising the conference – and remember the theme is empowering tourism and economies – the organising members pointed out two main conclusions: priority number one is the human element. Priority two is digitisation. It’s a must, but has to be handled carefully, and we must all learn how to live with it. Each IWMC conference usually closes with a glimpse into the future of the series, and delegates from Vilamoura in Portugal did not disappoint in delivering an enticing presentation for the 2023 conference venue. We all loved meeting up personally once again. The size of the conference allowed for easy direct contact and there was plenty of time to mingle and chat. All the venues throughout were fantastic and, combined with the local efforts of LMA MENA and P&O Marinas, the warm welcome was overwhelming. We moved from fear of the unknown to total fulfilment. The organisers of the Dubai ICOMIA World Marinas Conference did a superb job. * The above report was compiled using ICOMIA Conference reports and Oscar Siches’ own impression of the IWMC 2021 event 40 www.marinaworld.com – November/December 2021

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