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Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has inaugurated the new Mina Rashid Marina which will accommodate 5,000 yachts and boats.
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It is expected to be a new world-class touristic maritime and entertainment attraction.
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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.
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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).
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Marinas, once fully operational, will include 19 designated docks from A to U, plus 646 berths that can accommodate more than 5,000 boats.
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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.
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The project is in its second phase, with a third phase which will berth 16 large yachts expected to be completed in mid-2018.
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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.
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Bin Sulayem said: “Cruise tourists coming to Dubai will have the best entertainment facilities waiting for them."
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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.