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MARINA CHAINS & NETWORKS Mina Rashid Marina in Dubai is the headline facility for newly established P&O Marinas. It will soon be enhanced with extensive leisure amenities. New demands: “Spanning ten countries has provided IGY with the unique ability to be at the forefront of internationally merged data and trend analysis.” Crew are placing more importance on activity planning when selecting marina destinations; servicing large vessels (24m/79ft) is not just about dockage but also power, water, provisioning, WiFi and security; destinations are viewing large vessels as economic builders supporting local businesses and serving as an initial basis for wider scope tourism planning. “An amalgamation of these trends builds a conclusion that a marina has now become an integral experiential destination platform serving as an integral part of a community’s gateway to economic development.” Growing and changing: “IGY has strategically expanded into the Mediterranean [and] is currently building one of the region’s newest superyacht marinas – IGY Sete Marina in the south of France. Porto Cervo Marina, Sardinia, became an IGY destination in 2018. As the largest marina operator in the Caribbean, IGY also continues to advance destination marketing and infrastructure plans benefiting this region. Actively recovering from 2017 weather activity, this 2018/19 winter season saw large vessel visitation at 2016 levels (prior to 2017 storms), a strong indicator of the resilience and strength of the Caribbean market. IGY is actively seeking new marina opportunities around the globe.” P&O Marinas [Mohammed Al Mannaei, CEO] P&O Marinas is part of the DP World group - established in January 2018 - and has five marinas in Dubai: Mina Rashid; Jumeirah 1; Umm Suqeim 1; Umm Suqeim 2; and Al Hamrja. Mina Rashid is the headline marina, soon to be enhanced by a wide range of restaurants, boutique hotels, watersports centres and facilities for hundreds of yachts and superyachts. Customer benefits: “We offer lifestyle destinations for yachting enthusiasts, local residents and tourists, offering a wide range of amenities and services, ranging from berthing, private and hotel accommodation, shopping centres, yacht and sports clubs. All types of boaters, from small dinghy to superyacht owners and those who just want to enjoy the sea and the port as an extension of the city will be catered for. We connect cities to the seas.” Biggest focus: Building on a special contact base. “As part of DP World, we have the support of a global trade enabler with a network of 80 marine and island terminals in over 40 countries across six continents. The group’s dedicated team of over 45,000 people from 103 countries has long-standing relationships with governments, shipping lines, importers, exporters and many other influencers of the global supply chain adding value and quality wherever we may be.” New demands: “In Dubai and the UAE, we have seen an increasing demand for superyacht berthing, related services and infrastructure in the last five years from local/resident owners and from international flags. The interest in the region is due to several factors. Dubai and the rest of the UAE is an established hub connecting east to west; the country is the perfect seasonal escape after a summer in the Mediterranean; it is safe; and, compared to the Caribbean for instance, has a long season. Dubai/UAE was previously focused on developing marinas and waterfronts for small to medium size boats but developers are now more aware of the interest of the superyacht industry and [have developed] the intention to make the gulf region a superyacht destination; an emirati riviera.” Grand Harbour Marina in Malta, a flagship for Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, is a natural superyacht hub set within a UNESCO World Heritage site. www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2019 25

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