The Dubai Island
Dubai Islands, a man-made archipelago situated near Deira, is an evolving destination spanning 17 square kilometers across five interconnected isles. This mixed-use development is already gaining recognition for its upscale residential areas, hotels, lifestyle projects, and marinas, providing over 20 kilometers of additional beachfront along the city’s coveted coastline. Notably, it boasts an eco-friendly Blue Flag beach.
Easily accessible from the mainland by road and sea, Dubai Islands (formerly known as Deira Islands) will host more than 80 hotels, including luxurious and wellness-focused establishments, boutique accommodations, family-friendly resorts, and eco-conscious options. The development will also encompass 2 square kilometers of parks and open spaces, along with premium golf courses offering breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. Visitors can navigate the islands via well-connected marina promenades and pathways, catering to various modes of water and road transportation, as well as walking and cycling.
What to Expect at Dubai Islands
A must-visit attraction is Souk Al Marfa, a contemporary indoor Arabian bazaar featuring shops, pavilions, and waterfront restaurants. Upon completion, it is anticipated to become the world’s largest wholesale market, housing up to 7,000 outlets.
For families seeking an action-packed stay, Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai is an ideal choice. This resort embodies warm Far Eastern hospitality and offers a waterpark, a shoreside souk, and seven dining venues. Another prominent option is Hotel Riu Dubai, a 24-hour all-inclusive resort boasting pools, a spa, themed restaurants, and the exhilarating Splash Water World waterpark.
Notably, the island’s centerpiece, Deira Central, is currently under construction and will emerge as a remarkable destination for retail, entertainment, and living. Additionally, the upcoming Deira Mall is poised to become one of the city’s largest shopping centers.
Nakheel Introduces a High-End Marina at Dubai Islands
Nakheel has introduced a luxurious marina on Dubai Islands, adding to their impressive portfolio of developments such as The Palm Jumeirah. This new marina caters to superyachts and is located along the northern coastline of the emirate.
With a capacity to accommodate 13 superyachts at once, the marina boasts 248 wet berths for boats up to 47 meters in length and 40 dry berths for trailers up to 20 meters in length. Nakheel envisions the marina becoming a sought-after lifestyle destination for boating enthusiasts, thanks to its top-notch facilities, prime location, and access to various beachfront experiences and activities.
The Dubai Islands project, previously known as Deira Islands, aligns with the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan and encompasses five islands covering a sprawling area of 17 square kilometers.
Each island will offer unique attractions, including cultural centers, recreational beaches, and beach clubs. Moreover, the development will feature over 80 resorts and hotels, contributing to Dubai’s goal of enhancing its tourism and hospitality sector by expanding the number of hotel rooms.
The Nakheel Marinas Dubai Islands provides a range of services such as dock assistance, club car transfers, utilities, waste collection, pump-out services, and Wi-Fi. In addition, visitors can enjoy amenities like a car park, showers, washrooms, and a launderette.
The marina prioritizes the safety of boaters and their vessels through gated access and CCTV surveillance. The recently unveiled Dubai Islands Beach is conveniently located within walking distance of the marina.
The global yacht market has experienced significant growth following the pandemic, with 2022 being one of the busiest years for the industry.
The Boat International Order Book report revealed a 24.7% increase in the number of superyachts being built or on order, reaching 1,024 in 2021 compared to 821 the previous year.
The global yacht market was valued at $10.8 billion in 2021 and is predicted to exceed $15 billion by 2026.
Dubai’s economy has demonstrated a robust recovery from the slowdown caused by the pandemic in 2020, with strong rebounds in travel, tourism, real estate, and retail sectors. Data from the emirate’s statistics center shows a 4.6% annual expansion in the first nine months of 2022, and Emirates NBD estimates a 5% growth for the full year.
Furthermore, S&P Global Ratings projects a 3% growth for Dubai’s economy in 2023, with sustained momentum in the following years.