DMC begins work on yacht repair facility
Dubai, November 23, 2008
Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the world’s first purpose-built maritime centre and part of the Dubai World Group of companies, has started earth works for the construction of the Middle East's first-of-its-kind yacht repair facility.
The new facility is designed by renowned maritime engineering and consultancy firm Royal Haskoning.
The new yacht repair facility has been conceptualised in line with DMC’s strategy to expand its portfolio of groundbreaking maritime services, providing optimum value for all investors and clients within the integrated maritime complex.
Underscoring the significance of the project, the yacht repair facility will be built on an 82,000 square metre plot, the largest within DMC’s Industrial Precinct. The project is expected to be completed and fully operational within 16 months, providing regional clients an unrivalled portfolio of yacht repair services in terms of size, facilities and operational capacity.
"With the tremendous pace of maritime development across the UAE and all over the region, the number of yachts is expected to increase exponentially within the next few years,” said CEO, DMC, Amer Ali.
“In Dubai alone, the unprecedented number of marina projects all over the emirate is expected to bring in between 30,000 to 50,000 new boats and yachts in the next five years. This naturally creates a surge in demand for dedicated services and facilities that can accommodate such a huge number of boats. Dubai Maritime City's state-of-the-art yacht repair facility will certainly be an important component that will support this growth and strengthen the reputation of Dubai as a global boating haven," added Ali.
Earlier this year, DMC signed a contract with Drydocks World – Dubai whereby the latter will manage all components of D<C’s Industrial Precinct, including wet berths, dry berths, workshops, warehouses, the 3,000-tonne and 6,000-tonne ship lifts, the ship lift control building, central administration building and covered yacht repair area, among others.
Upon completion, the yacht repair centre, which overlooks the water basin of Jadaf Dubai, will feature four air-conditioned repair sheds, six open berth facilities and a paint booth for yachts. It has also been equipped with efficient district cooling, power saving systems, ample parking areas, prayer areas and other value-added features. – TradeArabia News Service