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News: New Superyacht Marina Zayed in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

August 14, 2009 by john
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Marina Zayed at Mina Zayed, on the tip of Abu Dhabi Island in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has begun tenders for what would be one of the region’s largest superyacht marinas.

The Marina Zayed, would house 500 berths for superyachts up to 180 metres in length. Also, major property development would is to compliment the marina, including high end commercial retail, a public promenade, 1,100 residential units, two five-star hotels and one four-star hotel.

Mr. Mabrouk Mohammed Ali the general manager of the Wagih Mansour Marine Club, which is next to the Beach Rotana Hotel, comments about luxury yachts in UAE:
“Big yachts are a big draw,” he said. “It will also help with boat shows in the future. The area for the existing boat show is not that big. This could be like the one in Monaco.”

Rainer Behne who is the managing partner of a yacht building company Rodriguez Group commented on the UAE luxury yacht Marina project:
“In my opinion, Abu Dhabi will be a major yachting destination. This is proof they want it to be a major spot for this in the world.”

Mina Zayed is presently Abu Dhabi’s main port and these shipping activities will be moved shifted to Khalifa Port and an Industrial Zone on the Abu Dhabi coast closer to Dubai. The Tourism Development and Investment Company has already opened the Saadiyat Bridge and motorway allowing motorists travelling from Dubai or Abu Dhabi International Airport to move easily to the downtown.

Dubai is already home to several large superyacht marinas such as the Dubai International Marine Club in Mina Seyahi and Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. The Marina Zayed proposal comes at a time of continued marina superyacht development in the UAE. Recent yachting developments include the Yas Island marina, with views of the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit, is flooded ahead of the November 1 race, and Saadiyat Island, Nareel Island, Al Gurm and Raha Beach.

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