Dubai has long been known for its mega projects that have resulted in stunning architectural feats such as the Jumeirah Beach Residence and the Palm Jumeriah. In approximately four years, the Gulf emirate of Dubai will be able to add the largest marina in the Middle East and North Africa to its lineup. Developed by Meraas Holding, the Dubai Harbour is said to be able to handle 1,400 vessels.
Apart from the impressive berth range, the 20 million square foot marina that is to be situated between the beach residence and Palm Jumeirah, will include a 135-metre Dubai Lighthouse. Serving multiple purposes, the lighthouse will be home to a luxury hotel, and observation deck. Alongside these developments, the marina will feature a 150,000 square foot cruise liner that is capable of handling 6,000 passengers and larger yachts of up to 85 meters.
In addition to the lifestyle options, the marina will house three helipads and several water stations. The smooth façade of the lighthouse will serve as a screen for high-resolution projections and light shows. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai unveiled the grand plans yesterday. The project will enhance the long-standing relationship Dubai has with the maritime industry in the region and will be completed in phases.