The emirate is emerging as a preferred winder destination for yacht owners and cruise travellers
Yachting has become increasingly popular with both tourists and residents in Dubai as post-pandemic trends continue to veer towards private activities.
At the same time, Dubai is becoming a global tourism hub for owners of superyachts, especially in the winter season from October to April.
P&O Marinas COO Hamza Mustafa commented on the growing trend: “As per a report from Research and Markets, the global yacht industry is projected to reach an estimated market value of $84.7 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 4.1%. This growth will certainly project on the superyacht industry. Featuring world-class ports and superyacht berths with state-of-the-art facilities, the UAE has created the ideal conditions for the development of a thriving yacht tourism industry.
Mustafa added, “Dubai offers attractive and competitive advantages, including optimal berth spaces, dedicated support facilities and its strategic location along a beautiful coastline.”
Following the launch of Dubai Harbour and the expansion of several marinas across the emirate in the last 18 months, Dubai is now home to a total of 15 marinas with more than 3,000 berths, which can accommodate an array of pleasure craft and luxury yachts.
According to Oxford Business Group, more than 200 superyachts (a term used for vessels measuring 37 to 60 metres) were registered across the Middle East as of 2019, with Dubai being the base of choice for many vessel owners.
Dubai offers dock and dine options, along with a portfolio of tourist attractions spanning heritage, entertainment, outdoor activities and family-friendly experiences. In addition, Bulgari Dubai offers guests a private ultra-luxury marina with a yacht club housing a pool and restaurant.
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Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing chief executive officer Issam Kazim said: “We’re seeing a rapid rise in yachting and cruising, two key offerings that support our tourism growth strategy to position the emirate as the most sought-after destination to visit.
“Dubai’s range of yacht tourism facilities that meet the highest international standards combined with its diverse destination proposition and commitment to prioritising the health and safety of people has enabled Dubai to build a thriving global yachting community and offer leisure and adventure activities featuring the most modern watercraft.”
His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Council for Border Crossing Points Security, concluded: “Dubai’s leadership is committed to providing the world-class infrastructure, facilities and support necessary for maritime tourism to flourish in the emirate and for tourists to have a smooth, hassle-free and enriching experience. Dubai has a long and distinguished track record for providing exceptional services in this sector, which has made it a destination that is a favourite among both industry players and tourists worldwide.”