The UAE's state-owned property developer, Nakheel, is investing AED180m (US$50m) in eight new marina facilities at two locations in Dubai – Palm Jumeirah and the Deira Islands.

At the Palm Jumeirah, which was the first of Dubai’s man-made offshore complexes, Nakheel is to invest AED15m in two small marinas to provide additional capacity for the two existing marinas on the Palm which are now reported to be fully occupied.

The two facilities will provide a total of 44 berths for yachts up to 30m (99ft). Both are scheduled to be completed this year.

These two additional marinas will be built at the Azure Residences waterfront apartment and restaurant complex on the Palm’s eastern trunk, and at The Pointe, the Nakheel Mall’s dining and shopping location. They will take the total number of marina berths on the Palm Jumeirah to 600 for craft up to 30m, complementing the existing 556 berths on the Palm Views East and West marinas.

Majestic Marine Engineering LLC has been chosen to build the facilities, with ATM (Applied Technology & Management Inc) serving as consultants. ATM is a division of IGY.

The other six marinas, costing AED165m, are to be built on the Deira Islands – a new offshore four-interconnected-island project currently under development. The 600 berths for yachts up to 60m will be divided among six separate marinas spread across the islands. One of the six marinas will be used to serve the Deira Islands' Night Souk, which is due for completion in 2018.

These new facilities are part of a massive expansion of marina capacity in Dubai. The Dubai Harbour project is under development and comprises 1,400 berths up to 85m (279ft). At Mina Rashid, a new phase of development is adding berths for superyachts over 100m (328ft) with further phases of expansion envisaged.

The Dubai Canal, opened earlier this year, is having a series of marinas along its route and earlier this week Dubai properties announced that ART Marine was going to manage its Culture Village marina which can berth 60 craft up to 50m (164ft).

ART Marina also holds an MOU with Austria’s Kleindienst Group to manage three planned marinas which are set to be included in the Heart of Europe project within The World series of offshore islands.