Dubai International Marine Club, the government body responsible for marine sports in Dubai, and P&O Marinas, DP World’s portfolio of world-class luxury marinas and picturesque harbours, have signed a deal to develop watersports.
The agreement will boost collaboration in several aspects concerning marine sports. This includes establishing a specialised academy for modern sailing and preparing professional teams to participate in local, regional and international championships and competitions.
The agreement will also support the implementation of innovative initiatives and activities, ensuring organisational and technical success.
The agreement was signed at the P&O Marinas headquarters in Mina Rashid by Ahmed Saeed Bin Meshar, Chairman of Dubai International Marine Club and Hamza Mustafa, Chief Operating Officer of P&O Marinas. The signing ceremony was attended by the Club’s Board Members Rashid Thani Al Ayel and Jamal Zaal Bin Krishan and other guests.
The move by Dubai International Marine Club’s Board of Directors and P&O Marinas is in line with its updated strategic plan 2021-2027, which aims to strengthen partnerships with government and private organisations.
This will create an attractive environment for individuals looking to practice watersports, while also promoting the development of major sporting events in the emirate.
This partnership will enhance the effective role of Dubai Marine Sports Club and P&O Marinas in supporting sailing in the emirate and developing it to be an international sport.
It also aims to increase Dubai's representation in Olympic games and establish maritime schools and academies, to develop talents and prepare trainers and technical committees.
The two sides will also exchange information and expertise in various fields and implement logistical operations for local and international sporting events.
Bin Meshar said: "Since the Club was established in 1988, we have been working to promote marine sports in Dubai. The emirate’s beaches and various marine facilities have been major attractions for visitors and tourists. We have consistently worked to enhance this and our efforts support the directives of our wise leadership who regard the sea as one of the key advantages of Dubai and a well-established component of its heritage and culture. Our success could not have been possible without the support of leading organisations in Dubai, especially DP World, which through P&O Marinas has enhanced Dubai’s position as a maritime and yacht tourism destination. All thanks to Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World, and his distinguished team, who have shaped Dubai’s maritime strategy, and nurtured the interest of the local community in marine sports.”
Bin Meshar added: "The agreement will contribute to strengthening Dubai’s global position in marine sports, and its leadership in many international indicators. This will be achieved by establishing and launching innovative and pioneering initiatives, benefiting from the shared capabilities of both sides, and motivating all segments of society to explore opportunities to practice their sporting hobbies. We also hope to develop talents and skills and prepare qualified professionals in marine sports.”
Mustafa said: “Partnering with Dubai International Marine Club is fundamental to our endeavour to become a leading provider of marine sports. Our efforts to promote boating and luxury yacht culture, sponsoring and hosting a diverse array of sporting events and reintroducing heritage races have been integral to transforming Dubai into a regional hub for these activities. Our achievements and Dubai’s prestigious reputation have helped us achieve more success and host major international sailing races. We believe that P&O Marinas’ efforts in watersport activities complement those of the Club’s management. The collaboration between the two entities and the advanced facilities in Mina Rashid and other marinas managed by us will contribute to making Dubai a global hub for marine sports and luxury yachting.”
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