New Dubai Port District will include 7,500 apartments


Dubai residents may not realize it yet, but the city has a new beachfront neighborhood between The Palm Jumeirah and Bluewaters Island.

The massive Dubai Port infrastructure project includes the region’s largest marina, two cruise terminals, 24 residential towers, a yacht club, a skydiving strip, a helipad, an event space and three restaurants.

We designed the Port of Dubai for people who want to live on the water and experience a maritime lifestyle

Abdulla Binhabtoor, Shamal Holding

Built on reclaimed land, development is not immediately evident from the shore, as much of the infrastructure built so far is located at or below sea level.

But that will all change soon, as Emaar builds the residential towers that stretch across the skyline and cruise ships start arriving next week.

The Port of Dubai is owned and organized by Shamal Holding, which also operates Kite Beach, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Skydive Dubai, Deepdive Dubai, X Dubai and Dubai Films, among other companies.

Abdulla Binhabtoor, director of portfolio management for the company, said the new district was designed with the maritime lifestyle in mind.

“The space is open and accessible to visitors, whether they choose to live in the neighborhood or visit it,” said Binhabtoor, head of businesses operating in the Port of Dubai, including the cruise terminal and the marinas.

“We would love to welcome you if you own a boat, but you don’t have to own a boat to come here.

“You can spend time around the marina and enjoy that lifestyle and enjoy the proximity to the water and the many amenities that we will have.”

The district is designed to be walkable, catering to both the mega-rich who arrive by yacht and the masses who visit Dubai on a cruise or already live in the emirate.

Visitors will be encouraged to wander the marinas and admire the boats, much like vacationers winding through European ports.

There should be plenty to see, with a mix of shops and restaurants planned in the area, as well as events such as #NOFILTERDXB – the region’s biggest auto event, taking place this month, and the Dubai International Boat Show in March 2022.

Port managers also hope to attract global owners of superyachts, with space available for vessels up to 160 meters in length.

Only a few of the 700 berths are occupied, but that will change soon, Binhabtoor said.

“Dubai is a city on the water and we believe the boat ownership industry in Dubai will continue to grow,” he said.

“What we have tried to create in the Port of Dubai is a well-operated marina, with a long list of amenities, starting with accessibility from the main road to the sea.

“We have the facilities that make it easy to own and operate the boat. We have a maritime patrol station directly in the marina and once our outlets open, it will be a seaside destination. ”

The new yacht club is nearing completion and will include a variety of shops and restaurants catering to boat owners, residents and visitors. Two restaurants, including one called L’Amo Bistro Del Mare, will open to the public in December.

The district will also include the Dubai Harbor Pier Club for VIP guests, which is located further from the shore near the superyacht berths. With a helipad, an executive gym, and a fine-dining restaurant called Bar Du Port, the neighborhood is designed to attract the mega-rich.

Tourists arriving even on large ships will be received at both cruise terminals, which were completed last year but remained closed after Covid-19 shut down the cruise industry.

The first official guests are expected to arrive with great fanfare when the harbor cruise season begins next week, and thousands of people are expected to pass through the harbor every hour, every time a ship docks.

Residents will find accommodation in the 7,500 Emaar Beachfront apartments, currently under construction. So far, only a few have been built, but a tower is due to welcome its first inhabitants early next year.

Built on a beach, the towers offer views of The Palm Jumeirah on one side and the marina’s skyscrapers on the other.

Emaar Beachfront is one of many recent beachfront infrastructure projects in Dubai, but Binhabtoor believes the port’s offer will attract residents from around the world.

“Someone recently asked me where I would like to live if not in Dubai, and I said ‘Dubai in 10 years’,” he said.

“Dubai continues to grow and seaside living continues to be a growing demand. We have designed the Port of Dubai for people who want to live on the water and experience a maritime lifestyle.

“Overall some destinations are dated and some take a long time to evolve. We are offering something very new, something very different.”

Updated: November 18, 2021, 3:14 PM


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