Luxury yachts can park between Palm and Burj Al Arab

By Angel Chan

New anchoring areas and leisure activities unveiled in Dubai Sea project

DUBAI 6 November 2017: As part of the first phase of ‘Sea Dubai’ implementation, the Burj Al Arab Area (1) has been officially designated as new berth where recreational yachts and luxurious boats can anchor and marine leisure activities can be held.

The Jumana West Marina, or Bulgari Marina, will be the dedicated anchoring area for small- and medium-sized yachts and 100-meter vessels. The latter has a maximum capacity of five vessels, said Wam.

Additionally, the newly designated areas will offer an environment ideal for cruises and different water sports such as speed boats, paddleboard race, and jet skis, among others.

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Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) launched the first services of the proactive ‘Sea Dubai’ initiative that will establish clear and definitive frameworks for recreational marine craft licensing regulations and mechanisms in the emirate. It also aims to support and develop recreational marine activities to provide world-class experience to all Dubai visitors.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, said that designating Burj Al Arab Area (1) and Jumana West Marina as new anchoring areas is the first step towards achieving ‘Sea Dubai’s’ objectives according to the goal of Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS), which focuses on promoting the attractiveness, competitiveness, and inclusivity of the local maritime cluster. He added that the landmark initiative is the result of the growing coastal and maritime tourism in Dubai, acting as a major leap towards making Dubai one of the world’s leading destinations for marine leisure activities.

DMCA Marine Map - Master (Jan 2016)

The two new berths will address the modern needs of owners and operators of luxurious, commercial, and private yachts; DMCA-registered international vessels; wood boats; and recreational maritime companies. They can also host a range of maritime activities, from rowing race to fishing. Both Burj Al Arab Area (1) and Jumana West Marina will play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the ‘Sea Dubai’ initiative, which aims to support relevant mega projects; establish new facilities; provide new jobs; and consolidate public and private stakeholder efforts to place Dubai on the world maritime map.

The development of the ‘Sea Dubai’ initiative took into consideration a number of factors, including approved maritime speed; anchoring areas and berths; the operations of rest houses and floating restaurants; types of boats and yachts allowed to operate in Dubai; and the needs of companies specialising in renting out marine crafts. The initiative is seen to boost local marine leisure activities and raise the economic share of Dubai’s marine tourism sector.