A new waterfront project that will be developed by Meraas Holding will feature the Middle East’s largest marina which is capable of handling 1,400 vessels, as unveiled by Sheik Mohammed.

It has been announced that it is going to be a 20 million square foot worth of space on the Dubai waterfront and will contain Dubai Lighthouse, a 135 meter-high tower that will contain a luxury hotel and an observation deck. A cruise liner terminal of over 150,000 square feet will also be featured which is capable of handling over 6,000 passengers. Furthermore, a yacht club, entertainment and retail space, shopping malls, hotels and residences can soon also be enjoyed in this huge project.

Upon the development of Dubai Harbour, it will guarantee an increase in the capacity of handling yachts by almost 50% and to handle larger yachts of up to 85meters in length.

This project will incorporate the current Skydive Dubai, Dubai International Marine Club and Logo Island sites into one single community via monorail and new road network. It will take space on a site at Mina Seyahi on a patch between Palm Jumeirah off Al Sufouh Road and Jumeirah Beach Residence. It is expected to be built in a span of four years once the work starts as it will be developed in several phases.

The grandeur of this project was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. In his statement, he said that Dubai Harbour ‘represents a unique and innovative new addition to the region’s tourism landscape.’

"I am confident that the project will have a highly positive effect on our entire region’s tourism sector. We are keen to encourage new projects and promote investments that will contribute to bringing to the region more tourists interested in experiencing this part of the world," said Sheikh Mohammed.

For easy transportation for the residents and tourists, enabling an access to the site from Al Sufouh (currently King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street) for a bridge directly linking to Sheik Sayed Road had been discussed with the RTA. Public transportation can access from the monorail system at Palm Jumeirah or from a metro stop at the Bluewaters Island – another new project. Also featured will be a pedestrian bridge for jogging and cycling around Palm Jumeirah.

Meraas Holding has discussed with four of the world’s biggest cruise liner firms with a point to targeting this sector, as well as with Emirates Airline.


Petros Stathis