Waterfront developments highlighted in UAE

Overview of Dubai Marina
Overview of Dubai Marina

UAE is witnessing several new waterfront developments, creative design solutions, and investment in waterside tourism.

The 2015 Middle East Boating Conference focuses on marina development and intelligent yacht design. The event is being held as part of Dubai International Boat Show 2015.

Some of the key speaker at the event will include Amer Ali, executive director of Dubai Maritime City Authority, Matthew Chatt-Collins, head of yacht design at UK firm Andrew Winch Design, expert in marina design and architecture in the region Emmanuel Delarue, CEO of NDA Group in China, and a panel session moderated by Nabil Farhat from World of Yachts and Boats.

Nawfal Al Jourani, director of communications at the Dubai Maritime City Authority said: “With waterfront attractions coming to fruition, yacht sales expected to boom over the next five years. We are likely to witness a boost in sales of small to medium water crafts as more people take up a boating lifestyle.

Works on several developments are already underway including expansion of marinas, waterfront facilities and yachting support services. The three kilometre Dubai Canal project is expected to be completed in the next two years, connecting the extended creek at Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf at Jumeirah beach. The canal is expected to attract 20 – 22 million visitors per year with its 450 new restaurants, public spaces, hotels, and number of jetties for yachts.

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