Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 27 October 2020

Two new island destinations open for Dubai boating community

People can drop anchor at Deira Islands or another at Dubai Waterfront

Deira Islands is one of Dubai's mega-projects. Courtesy: Nakheel
Deira Islands is one of Dubai's mega-projects. Courtesy: Nakheel

Dubai is fast becoming a globally renowned boating destination.

Just a few weeks ago, the first yachts dropped anchor at Dubai Harbour – set to be the region's biggest marina.

And now boating enthusiasts have two new island destinations in the Arabian Gulf, Wam reported.

People can take day trips or stay overnight at Deira Islands, in the north of the emirate, and at a private island off Dubai Waterfront, in the south.

Developer Nakheel is behind the projects as the boat season kicks off in earnest.

"We are expanding our marine facilities to reflect the continued growth in the UAE’s leisure boating industry," said Aqil Kazim, chief commercial officer at Nakheel.

Both new islands offer anchoring facilities only.

Deira Islands, meanwhile, comprises of four man-made islands adjacent to the historic Deira district, while the southern Dubai Waterfront marina is close to Palm Jebel Ali.

Plans to develop Palm Jebel Ali stalled after the 2008 crash but Nakheel has previously said it is committed to the project.

Updated: October 15, 2020 10:49 AM

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