D-Marin, one of the biggest marina chains in the Eastern Mediterranean, will start management operations at three Dubai-based marinas on May 13.
D-Marin Dubai LLC, the joint venture established between Meraas – the Dubai-based holding company – Dubai Holding and D-Marin, will begin managing operations at Al Seef, Business Bay and Jaddaf Waterfront marinas. It will mark the first step on a mission to turn Dubai into an international destination of preference for luxury yacht owners. D-Marin Dubai LLC was established at the end of 2018 to meet the growing demand for the development and management of marinas in the Gulf region and to create a regional maritime hub in Dubai. The recently-established company will provide marina management services to Al Seef, Business Bay and Jaddaf Waterfront marinas as well as technical consultancy to Meraas’ projects at Port de La Mer, the Mediterranean-inspired waterfront destination, and Dubai Harbor, the only yachting community hub in the Middle East. It will also offer the same services at Marsa Al Arab marinas – also in Dubai.
D-Marin, through D-Marin Dubai LLC, will continue its commitment to develop marina management services in the Middle East, to diversify and contribute to the development of the Dubai economy, and to elevate the city’s position as an important luxury maritime tourism destination in the region. As a result of the agreements executed, D-Marin has expanded its marina network and reached 14 marinas in 5 countries.
Meraas is a Dubai-based conglomerate that aims to enhance the emirate’s cityscape with a human-centric approach to developing assets in the real estate, tourism, hospitality, F&B, retail, leisure and entertainment, technology, maritime, and healthcare sectors. Meraas pursues its mission to build creative urban culture where thriving communities can take root. Among its investments are some of the most admired real-estate properties in premium locations, such as Bluewaters Residences, Bvlgari Residences, Cherrywoods, City Walk Residences, Nikki Beach Residences, Port de La Mer Residences, Villa Amalfi, and Zabeel Saray Royal Residence. The company’s portfolio comprises over 80 million square feet of total developed land, more than 3,500 homes, 2,000 retail units, and 15 landmark destinations, including Al Seef, Bluewaters, Boxpark, City Walk, Dubai Harbour, Jumeira Bay, Kite Beach, La Mer, Last Exit, Pearl Jumeira, The Beach and The Outlet Village.
About Dubai Holding
Dubai Holding is a diversified global company with operations in 12 countries employing over 20,000 people. Established in 2004, Dubai Holding manages an AED 130 billion portfolio of assets, which support the diversification and growth of Dubai’s economy across 12 sectors, including tourism, hospitality, real estate, media, ICT, education, science, retail, industrial and design.
Dubai Holding’s portfolio includes:
• Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hotel company, which operates a world-class portfolio of 15 properties in the Middle East, including the flagship Burj Al Arab, 5 properties in Europe and 3 in Asia with 13 properties currently under construction around the globe. Its portfolio comprises 6,413 keys.
• Dubai Properties, the diverse real estate developer behind iconic destinations such as Jumeirah Beach Residence and Business Bay.
• TECOM Group, the owner and operator of 11 sector-focused business districts such as Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City.
• Dubai Asset Management, one of the largest residential asset management companies in the UAE.
• Dubai Retail, the retail management arm that focuses on developing, operating and managing Dubai Holding's extensive range of strategically located retail assets across prime destinations and communities.
• Arab Media Group, which includes Global Village, Arabian Radio Network, Multi Platform Network and Done events, is the media and entertainment arm of Dubai Holding.
Dubai Holding’s current project pipeline will add significantly to the Emirate’s portfolio of landmarks. This includes Madinat Jumeirah Living, Burj Jumeira - the new 550 meter tower to be located in Downtown Jumeira, Emirates Towers District and Dubai Creek Harbour, a joint venture with Emaar Properties. Dubai Holding plays an influential role in delivering on Dubai’s economic diversification strategy and initiatives such as Tourism Vision 2020, Dubai Innovation Strategy and Dubai Industrial Strategy.
D-Marin is a Doğuş Group company that was established to set a new benchmark in operations of the marinas. By managing 14 unique marinas in the Eastern Mediterranean and Gulf region, D-Marin creates one of the largest international chain of marinas that promotes recreational yachting and develops sustainable businesses that encourage local employment and growth within the economy. D-Marin started its operations in 2003 in Turkey with its first marina, D-Marin Turgutreis. In 2009, D-Marin Didim commenced operations as the second marina in the network, and furthermore, in 2010 D-Marin Göcek joined to the D-Marin.
In 2009, D-Marin expanded outside of Turkey and entered Croatia through D-Marin Mandalina located in Šibenik. In April 2012, D-Marin Dalmacija, which is the largest marina in Croatia, and D-Marin Borik joined D-Marin. In December 2012, entering into partnerships with Lamda Development and Kiriacoulis Mediterranean Cruises Shipping resulted in adding a world class superyacht marina - Flisvos Marina, also 3 other premium marina destinations in Greece; Gouvia, Lefkas and Zea to its portfolio. Finally, D-Marin undertook the management of Portonovi Marina in Montenegro, with the management agreement signed in January 2018. And D-Marin Dubai LLC has been established to meet the growing demand for the development and management of marinas in the Gulf region and to create a regional center in Dubai. D-Marin Dubai LLC, established in cooperation between Meraas, Dubai Holding and D-Marin, is set to begin managing the Al Seef, Business Bay and Jaddaf Waterfront marinas in the region on May 13. With these agreements D-Marin increased its berthing capacity to 8,773.
In December 2015, D-Marin has expanded its service area to the refit, repair and maintenance of superyachts in the yachting sector by the partnership agreement made with MB92 in Barcelona. Starting April 2017, Blohm + Voss La Ciotat, 200 meter long dock in France and October 2017, Compositeworks began to be managed by MB92, which has 25 years of experience and knowledge in superstructure maintenance and repair. In September 2018, the MB92 Group continues to serve the activities of Blohm + Voss La Ciotat and Compositeworks under the name MB92 La Ciotat.
About Dogus Group
The Doğuş Group, founded in 1951, sets standards for a better living by being at the forefront of discoveries that shape modern life. The Group, active in seven core businesses including automotive, construction, media, tourism and services, real estate, energy and food & beverage, sustains its growth with new investments in the areas of technology, sports, and entertainment along with its current operations. With over 300 companies in 25 countries in 4 continents and more than 35,000 employees, the Group serves its customers with advanced technologies, highest brand quality and a dynamic human resource.
The Doğuş Group currently partners and cooperates with some of the large global players including: Volkswagen AG and TÜVSÜD in automotive; Condé Nast (Vogue, GQ) in media; Hyatt International Ltd. in tourism; the Latsis Group , the Kiriacoulis Group and the Adriatic Croatia International (ACI) Group in marina and nautical operations; the international Azumi Group that holds under its roof brands such as Coya, Roka, Zuma and Oblix in food& beverage and entertainment; and the South Korean SK Group in e-commerce.