With its world-class infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities, year-round sunshine, luxurious marinas, award-winning tourism offerings, rich maritime history and picturesque coastline, Dubai has become the quintessential yachting destination.
Following Dubai’s recent participation at the Monaco Yacht Show and the recent Gulf Superyacht Summit 2022 in Dubai under the sponsorship of P&O Marinas, with increased investment in marine infrastructure and facilities, simplification of industry legislation and numerous sailings to be held throughout the year Activity.
During the Monaco Yacht Show, the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) announced upgraded marina facilities, new legislation, extension of cruising licenses, expansion of the Professional Yachting and Maritime Academy for new industry talent, and a more seamless process for obtaining charter licenses , with simplified immigration and customs clearance services further enhancing Dubai’s appeal as a global superyacht hub.
The industry’s rapid expansion is fueled by significant investment in yachting facilities and a continued enhancement of yachting offerings, as well as Dubai’s numerous fine dining restaurants, as well as a diverse range of experiences and tourist attractions, all within close proximity to the marina.
The industry’s rapid growth has led to the unveiling of a series of large-scale projects, including the 2017 redevelopment of Mina Rashid as a yachting destination, and Dubai Harbour, a remarkable waterfront precinct offering a variety of upscale living, retail and hospitality experiences and mooring facilities. Dubai now has 15 vibrant marinas and more than 3,000 calling points, many of which can comfortably berth superyachts and megayachts.
The city’s offerings are further enhanced and made more attractive by the number of marinas and dining options it has available, in addition to its diverse offerings of destinations, spanning from heritage to entertainment, outdoor adventures to beach activities, fine dining to Family-oriented experiences with many leisure touchpoints, from shopping to luxury.
year-round watersports destination
Dubai’s position as a leading yachting tourism destination is further reinforced by a combination of year-round sunshine and cool sea breezes, as well as unrivaled water sports facilities and services, including self-drive tours, island hopping, jet ski tours , water sports skiing, paragliding, etc., creating an unforgettable experience for yacht tourists. The P&O Marinas Sailing Academy recently opened softly, adding significant facilities for hosting sailing events.
Watersports companies across the emirate offer package experiences that can be delivered directly to private yachts, giving thrill-seekers the chance to jet-ski or wakeboard past some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks. Tour companies in Dubai are well-equipped to offer a range of water activities including diving experiences, fishing trips, snorkeling, scuba diving and kite boarding, giving guests the chance to discover the amazing marine life beneath the surface.
Rich Lifestyle Experience
Due to its land and sea offerings, Dubai continues to thrive as a popular yachting tourism destination as guests can simply hop off a boat into one of Dubai’s luxury marinas and even further afield to enjoy a plethora of attractions, food and retail store. When stopping in Dubai, visitors can enjoy the city’s vibrant culinary scene, home to more than 200 ethnic groups and rich cultural diversity.
Likewise, while staying in the city, visitors can discover what Dubai has to offer and visit some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, including Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa, while extending their itinerary to include a tour of the World Islands.
Alternatively, if guests wish to enjoy a broader experience, the yacht can be chartered for longer, extended excursions. Additionally, guests can enjoy world-class retail offerings while exploring the emirate, with the city home to some of the largest and most impressive shopping malls in the world, as well as craft markets and traditional souks. Guests can also enjoy a range of seasonal sales and city-wide retail celebrations held throughout the year, including the world-renowned Dubai Shopping Festival.
Vibrant events calendar
Yachting tourists are expected to visit the Dubai Yacht Show, which will be held from 1-3 March 2023. In addition, there are a number of other sporting events taking place across the city, including the DP World Tour in January 2023 and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis in February 2023 and beyond. Dubai’s music and entertainment venues, including the Dubai Opera and Coca-Cola Arena, also host a range of entertainment and theater events each month.
wide range of partners
Dubai’s luxurious marinas and harbors are part of the city’s appeal as a destination, and yacht tourists and enthusiasts alike can take advantage of the services of leisure travel companies that operate yacht tours at the city’s marinas, including Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Creek Rick’s Marina Yacht Club Harbor and Jadhaf Waterfront Marina. Many quality and safety-assured yacht companies offer bespoke itineraries, the latest watersports experiences, and state-of-the-art sailing equipment for a safe and refreshing day at sea.
The city’s leading yachting destination
One of the most popular neighborhoods and marinas in the city, Dubai Marina is home to numerous restaurants, attractions, shops and more. Pier 7 is one of the many unique dining destinations on the pier, with seven different restaurants in the building, all with sweeping views of the city.
P&O Marinas already manages some of the most exclusive and state-of-the-art yachts at Mina Rashid Marina, which has 454 wet berths, 160 dry berths and can accommodate 60 superyachts without any size restrictions.
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club is another of the city’s most popular yachting destinations, with an exquisite array of beach clubs, restaurants, sports and leisure activities. The marina, which also includes charter operations, a fully equipped workshop and a ship repair yard, is Dubai’s first ISO-certified marina and is the ideal place for yachtsmen to dock, relax and hand over to the skilled marina team to service their vessels.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club operates two full service charter boats from the marina, the ‘Sneak Away’ and the ‘Creek Breeze’ for all sport fishing and recreational cruising needs. Likewise, many other marinas and calling points offer professional private maintenance, so keen yachtsmen need only take a look at Dubai’s marinas to ensure the health of their boats.
The city offers a range of services and amenities for crew members and has a range of private clubhouses. At the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, crew members from four registered marinas can enjoy their private cigar lounge, some yacht clubs and two restaurants. Likewise, the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club offers a range of services for crews and professional sailors, including a clubhouse, private hire, sailing and cruising lessons and more.
Yousuf Lootah, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Strategy and Performance, Department of Economy and Tourism, Dubai, commented: “Dubai’s position as a leading marine tourism destination and the superyacht capital of the world continues through the joint efforts and support of our valued stakeholders. Inspired by our visionary leadership to position the UAE as the best destination in the world to live, work and travel, we remain committed to investing in facilities and infrastructure while ensuring smooth and hassle-free docking at Dubai Marina seam.” – trade arab news agency