Dubai Harbour has welcomed its first two visiting vessels ahead of its eagerly-awaited official opening.
The sprawling maritime facility is expected to launch next month and is primed to be the emirate's latest tourist attraction.
Gulf Craft, a UAE-based yacht manufacturer, received the honour of having two of its gleeming fleet dock in the vast marina.
A tri-deck Majesty 120 superyacht and the next-generation Oryx 379 sailed into the waters, marking a major milestone in an ambitious three-year journey for the mega project.
Nestled between Bluewaters Island and Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Harbour’s integrated infrastructure is built over an area of 1.85 million square metres.
When fully operational, Dubai Harbour will boast 1,100 berths for yachts up to 160 metres in length.
Managed by luxury marina group D-Marin Dubai, the vast marina will be a yachting hub with a blend of restaurants, hotels, residences, a world-class crew club, independent fuel pumps, crew facility, a helipad and more.
Dubai Harbour's cruise liner terminals will have a combined floor area of 300,000 square feet.
A sophisticated transport network will guide passengers between the cruise terminal and the hotels, yacht club and airport.
“We are excited to welcome the first yachts into Dubai Harbour Marina," said Selcuk Balci, managing director at D-Marin Dubai and Dubai Harbour’s marina operator.
"The marina will strengthen Dubai’s status as a modern maritime hub for yacht owners and captains to maritime businesses in need of a strategic logistics location.
"With the marina’s extensive facilities and world-class services, we are looking forward to operating the largest leisure maritime destination in the Middle East.”
Abeer Alshaali, chief executive at Gulf Craft, was delighted to be part of the landmark moment for the luxury development.
“We are proud to be part of Dubai’s much anticipated landmark, the Dubai Harbour," she said.
"Dubai Harbour will lead the way for greater economic growth both in tourism and yachting as Dubai adds boat enthusiasts to the ever-growing list of visitors and highlights the level of luxury that yachts made in the UAE will achieve”.