Largest marina in Middle East due to open October 2020

As part of its joint venture with Meraas and Dubai Holding, D-Marin will, through its D-Marin Dubai subsidiary, operate the 1,100 berth Dubai Harbour marina complex due to open in October 2020. This new facility will be the largest marina hub in the Middle Eat and be able to accommodate superyachts up to 160m (525ft).

Dubai Harbour is being constructed on the previous site of the Dubai International Marine Club between Palm Jumeirah and Bluewaters. In addition to the three separate marinas within the complex, there will be hotels, luxury residences, retail and F&B outlets.

At Dubai Harbour some 800 of the 1,100 berths due to be completed by September 2020 ahead of the official opening. The Dubai Harbour hub comprises three separate marinas namely the West, East and North marinas. Of this trio, the West marina will have in excess of 560 berths for yachts between 12m (39.4ft) and 40m (131ft); the East marina will offer 180 plus berths between 12m and 160m and the North marina will have 37 berths for superyachts up to 70m (230ft).

D-Marin, which is a division of the diverse Turkish Dogus Group, is one of the Mediterranean marina operators with units in Turkey, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro. The Dubai operation is the latest expansion of the D-Marin business.

Commenting on the announcement, the chairman of Meraas and Dubai Holding, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “We are proud to bring a one-of-its-kind, comprehensive marina management ecosystem to Dubai, providing the capacity to cater to yacht owners from around the world looking to drop anchor in the emirate”.

He added: “Dubai Harbour will fortify the city’s status as a modern maritime hub, given the extensive range of capabilities it is set to offer on completion to a diverse clientele - from yacht owners to maritime businesses in need of a strategic logistics location.”