In pictures: New luxury cruise tourism hub 'Marinas' at Mina Rashid
H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated on Monday the new "Marinas" at the Mina Rashid Marina, iconic new project will contribute to Dubai's goal of welcoming one million cruise tourists by 2020.
Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has inaugurated the new Mina Rashid Marina which will accommodate 5,000 yachts and boats. It is expected to be a new world-class touristic maritime and entertainment attraction. The Marinas project, which has been carried out by P&O, part of DP World, stretches over 13 sq km and features a number of facilities including an integrated entertainment city called Marina Cube. Sheikh Mansour, president of the Dubai International Marine Club, toured the place accompanied by Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group chairman & CEO and chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC). Marinas, once fully operational, will include 19 designated docks from A to U, plus 646 berths that can accommodate more than 5,000 boats. Marinas also features two slipways of 10 and 20-metre width and 16 dock gates. There are also cafes, restaurants, retail shops, walking paths, as part of the Marina Cube project, plus a number of shops. The project will also include residential units and an area to receive small seaplanes. The project is in its second phase, with a third phase which will berth 16 large yachts expected to be completed in mid-2018. The project is part of the 10X Initiative which will see Dubai implement today what other cities of the world will adopt in 10 years time. Bin Sulayem said: “Cruise tourists coming to Dubai will have the best entertainment facilities waiting for them." Dubai welcomed over 625,000 cruise tourists via a total of 157 ship calls during the last cruise season compared to 133 ship calls in 2015/2016 season, an increase of 15 percent. The emirate expects to receive more than a million cruise tourists by 2020.