D-Marin signs JV to operate Middle East marinas
UAE: Meraas and Dubai Holding have signed an agreement with Dogus Group company D-Marin to manage and operate the existing and future marinas being developed at Port de la Mer, Dubai Harbour and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The partnership also seeks to establish a regional centre with a global standard for renovation, service and maintenance of luxury vessels in Dubai, similar to the D-Marin backed MB92, which currently has branches in Barcelona, Spain and La Ciotat, France.
Midi appoints Marina Projects for Manoel Island marina
MALTA: UK-based Marina Projects has been appointed marina designer for the Manoel Island project. The company has been involved in the masterplan since 2016, working initially with architects Foster & Partners on the concept design, and more recently under appointment by Midi Plc to develop the masterplan proposals and detail design. ...
Second stage for Friday Harbour
CANADA: Having successfully completed phase one, Poralu Marine has now been contracted to undertake the second stage of a 1,000 slip marina project on Lake Simcoe in Ontario. Friday Harbour Resort is destined to become a new all-year-round upmarket residential and visitor destination. ...
Exploring megayacht tourism in Anguilla
by Gregory Weykamp
Anguilla, the northernmost of the Leeward Islands along the eastern edge of the Caribbean, is a beautiful island nation of just 15,000 residents. Known for its quiet and peaceful beaches, friendly locals, and a distinct lack of American style franchise chains that clutter so many other Caribbean islands, Anguilla has made a conscious effort to focus its efforts on protecting the authentic character of the island by concentrating on serving a smaller number of tourists, but at a much higher level of service. Rather than compete for the mass market cruise ship industry, which could easily overwhelm the natural resources and culture of the island, Anguilla has set its sights on providing a new destination for the hundreds of super and mega yachts that cruise the Caribbean. ...
Creating a new leisure hub on the Dubai waterfront
Dubai Harbour, which comprises a 1,068 berth complex split over four separate marinas, a cruise ship terminal, residential towers and unique entertainment venues, is all set to become a key maritime leisure hub and a significant feature of the Dubai waterfront. The project is in build, with a view to completion in time for Dubai’s Expo 2020. Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (C&N) has been involved in the Dubai Harbour project since early 2018, creating and designing the marinas that are key to the development. ...
An analogue industry in a digital world?
by Charlotte Niemiec
Over the last few years, the concept of ‘digitalisation’ or ‘smart’ systems has come increasingly to the fore. As technology develops, more processes are being automated or electronic, from the virtual assistants in our homes to the self-service tills in supermarkets, or the myriad of apps available on mobile phones to complete routine tasks. One indication of how important information and communications technology has become came in 2016, when the United Nations declared that Internet access was a ‘human right’. One of the drivers behind this is mobile phone usage, according to the GSM Association, which represents mobile network operators worldwide. It projects that around three-quarters of the world’s population – 5.7 billion people – will be using mobile services by 2020. ...