Just recently, Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai International Marine Club, has opened the new Mina Rashid Marina, which will reportedly accommodate 5,000 yachts and boats.
The project, which has been handled by P&O, part of DP World, stretches more than 13 sq km and offers several facilities, including an integrated entertainment city known as Marina Cube.
Sheikh Mansour toured the place along with Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group chairman & CEO and chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC).
Once fully operational, Marinas will include 19 designated docks from A to U, as well as 646 berths that can accommodate over 5,000 boats. It will also feature two slipways of 10 and 20-meter width and 16 dock gates, as well as have restaurants, retail shops, cafes, and walking paths as part of the Marina Cube project. Other sights to watch out for include residential units and an area to receive small seaplanes.
The Marinas project is now in its second phase, with a third phase berthing 16 large yachts anticipated to be finished in mid-2018. Part of the 10X Initiative, it will see Dubai implement what other cities worldwide will reportedly embrace in 10 years’ time.
According to Bin Sulayem, cruise tourists coming to Dubai would have the best entertainment facilities waiting for them.
During the last cruise season, Dubai has recorded a 15 percent increase in cruise tourists, welcoming more than 625,000 through a total of 157 ship calls compared to 133 ship calls in the 2015/2016 season. The emirate is looking forward to receive over a million cruise tourists by 2020.