Inauguration of the new Dubai Harbour
Dubai Marina itself wasn’t considered grand enough for the show - despite the fact that it welcomes yachts of up to 60m (in the Mall zone - or up to 40m in the East Marina zone), alongside paddleboard lanes and sci-fi nightscape. When the Expo opens on 20th October 2020, so will the brand-new Dubai Harbour
. The largest marina in the Middle East will host 1,100 marina berths. Some 180 of them will be dedicated to superyachts of up to 160m in length. There will be kiss-and-fly helipads and a lighthouse that curves skyward like London’s Gherkin building - and is nearly as tall.
Offshore a watery world awaits - an ideal place to experience the regions true beauty of yachting. Moon Island is a perfect sandy crescent 70km from Dubai. Sir Bani Yas, a day sail southwest, is a coastal wildlife reserve home to oryx, giraffe and gazelle on land, plus dolphins and sea kayaking routes on water. To the north the Musandam Peninsula, Arabia crumbles into the Gulf of Oman in a series of fjords that tumble from 2,000m peaks. Imagine Norway with Arabian dhows, humpback dolphins and wall-to-wall sunshine, you will be halfway there.