Dubai on track to become maritime leisure hub

The Norway-based Menon Economics says that Dubai's waterfront projects and new recreation-friendly policy hubs will make it one of the globe's foremost maritime leisure hubs by 2022
Dubai on track to become maritime leisure hub
By Staff writer
Sun 04 Feb 2018 02:34 PM

Dubai is now among the world’s top ten maritime capitals, and fifth in the world in terms of competiveness and attractiveness, according to the Norway-based Menon Economics.

According to Menon, the large influx of waterfront projects underway and new, recreation-friendly policy initiatives mean that Dubai is well on track to fulfill Menon’s prediction that is will be one of the world’s most important maritime destinations by 2022.

“Integrating and streamlining Dubai’s maritime leisure products will have positive implications for sea-goers in Dubai, visitors and residents alike,” said Amer Ali, the executive director of the Dubai Maritime City Authority.

“It builds on our already existing achievements of raising the attractiveness and competitiveness of Dubai as a world-class marine destination.

“With the support of our partners, we are confident that we will realise the objectives of ‘Sea Dubai’ of developing state-of-the-art facilities, clear policy structures and generating new job prospects in the maritime leisure industry,” he added.

Among the ongoing waterfront projects currently in the works is the Dubai Harbour project, which will include a 1,400-berth marina and will increase Dubai’s capacity for handling yachts by almost 50 percent from the emirate’s current capacity of 3,000 berths.

Additionally, the project will add the capacity to handle larger yachts of up to 85 metres in length.

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