Developed by property development group Meraas, Dubai Harbour covers an area of 20 million square foot. The facility will be located on King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street between Jumeirah Beach Residences and Palm Jumeirah. David Robinson reports.

Dubai Harbour is a multi-million Dirham marina project to be built in the Mina Seyahi area, in Dubai, UAE. The initiative was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Emir of Dubai. The project aims to build a 1,400-berth marina in the country.

The Mina Seyahi area covers a part of Jumeirah Beach and includes the Dubai International Marine Club. (DIMC). The project incorporates the existing 300 berths at DIMC.

The project is scheduled for completion in four years’ time and would become the largest facility in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). It has been reported that the site will have the capacity to accommodate yachts up to 85m-plus.

Developed by property development group Meraas, Dubai Harbour covers an area of 20 million square foot. The facility will be located on King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street between Jumeirah Beach Residences and Palm Jumeirah.

In addition to incorporating DIMC, the project also integrates Skydive Dubai and Logo Island. The project includes a 135m high ‘Dubai Lighthouse’ that will house a luxury hotel and an observation deck. It will also feature a 150,000sq ft cruise liner terminal, entertainment and retail space, a yacht club, shopping mall, hotels and residences.

In a statement Sheikh Mohammed said: “We are happy that this new project. (…) ‘Dubai Harbour’ creates a venue for new investments that support our vision for this important sector and promises to further accelerate the expansion of the tourism industry in the UAE, which is already growing rapidly.”

In developing this project Meraas will co-operate closely with a number of Dubai government departments especially the transport authority (RTA) to deliver a “futuristic infrastructure” that connects Dubai Harbour to the surrounding areas and provides multi-mode transport systems within the development.

DIMC has already worked through an AED900m upgrade project, which has enhanced it facilities especially for berthing superyachts.  The upgrade will allow it to handle yachts up to 90m.

Dubai may face a potential overcapacity if all current and planned projects materialised. Less than 10 days ago Nakheel, a state-owned developer, announced plans for six new marinas in its Deira Islands development offering 600 berths.

New marinas along the recently opened Dubai Canal/Dubai Creek waterway will offer a further 1,000+ berths up to 30m. Mina Rashid marina offers 400 berths up to 35m in its first phase, which is set for completion in 2018 with a second phase to accommodate 100m superyachts to follow. Other projects including one in the World islands area are also underway.