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  • Simon Arrol, a marina consultant, speaks regarding the expansion of marina development in the U.A.E..

    Posted on Dec 14, 2010

    In order to find out the impact of the worldwide recession on marina development in Dubai, we contacted waterfront development guru, Simon Arrol. Before becoming the founding Director of Development & operations for the Island Global Yachting Dubai, Arrol was the MD of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas for a lot of years. He has worked on marina projects all around the globe, in as many as 27 countries.

    The Dubai Marina is one of the best known marina in Dubai. A few kilometres were excavated in the dry and edged with precast concrete quay walls to construct this man-made sea lagoon.

    Like many such initiatives, Dubai Marina is principally a property development with the water and yachts creating the focus, the ambiance, and the added value.

    HOK, the renowned architectural firm headquartered in Canada, designed the first phase of the venture which was constructed in the year 2004. Subsequently the master developer sold the plots to people who were allowed to develop the plots as per their own design.

    Whilst undoubtedly a worthwhile route for the master developer, the outcome has attracted some criticism; some people feel that the nearly completed venture has turned out to be much less well-planned than it might have been.

    There are a number of berths in the marina as the pontoon berthing are spread along the length of the lagoon. All the marinas are, nevertheless, managed from the ‘yacht club’ building the place where the central office is located.

    A small boatyard has been provided on the extreme end of the project site.

    When the whole development is complete it is going to accommodate more than a hundred and twenty thousand folks in residential towers and villas.

    Simon Arrol has also involved in the marina design of the Festival Marina, a Mediterranean style luxury yachting hub, located at the banks of Dubai Creek and Festival Marina is at the heart of the Dubai Festival City.

    All around the marina’s 240m diameter circular basin, we find hotels and retail shops.

    By putting all the pontoon berthing within the centre of the basin and access from an secured single gangway, the issue of safety and privateness for yachtsmen was addressed.

    By positioning the berthing in the center the general public who are visting the waterfront are able to get panoramic view of the boats parked at the marina.

    In order to create the curiosity and buzz that is noticed at traditional harbours in Europe and North America, the quay walls is used for the berthing of visiting yachts.


    Simon Arrol has experience within the marina and waterfront property development, harbour construction, and vessel operations. He focuses on marina development, and was the ceo of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Limited. His waterfront development credentials stem from work in many nations, not simply as a marketing consultant but additionally as a marina administrator and patron.



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