Even though Abu Dhabi, one of the United Arab Emirates, is often associated with desert, it has a lovely coastline and boating is popular. The country has some great marinas from which to indulge a love of the sea.
Here are some of them:
This is one of the Arabian Gulf’s most prestigious marina developments with instant deep water access to the clear waters off Abu Dhabi Corniche, full superyacht berthing facilities and all the services of the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel.
Built specifically for the large yacht owner and visitor, with a dredged seven-metre approach and docks built to take up to 100-metre yachts, the backdrop of the scenic Emirates Palace Hotel makes this the ideal berthing location for yachts of all sizes.
Sheltered by protective breakwaters and flanked by a white-sand beach, yacht visitors benefit from the luxurious palatial services of the Emirates Palace hotel, including on-yacht dining, health club, laundry, fuel station, wireless internet and many more tailored services.
The centre-point of the stunning Al Raha Beach development, Al Bandar is home to modern apartments and duplexes, loft-style residences and larger family apartments, all with balconies and waterside views and only 15 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi city and five minutes to the emirate’s international airport.
Al Bandar is a community based marina designed for the mainstream owner and those who wish to make their first step into boating, with a total of 131 berths ranging in sizes from 9 metres to 24 metres.
Catering to all tastes and great for short and long-berthing, Al Bandar boasts a wide-range of lifestyle amenities, restaurants and health clubs as well as being the perfect staging point for avid sailors to leisurely explore Abu Dhabi’s stunning mangrove forests and get up close and personal with the emirate’s indigenous wildlife – from the famed dugong to the majestic hawksbill turtle.
With a superb view of Yas Marina Circuit – home to the annual Formula 1® Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – this magnificent 175-berth marina is a super and mega yacht venue. Its unique setting, surrounded by the F1® circuit, is the on-water vantage point for racing action. It also has a 400 metre long visitor and event pontoon.
Guests arriving by yacht have direct access to Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi’s Marina Tower, along with VIP check-in facilities, allowing them to enter their rooms and suites moments after docking.
The marina is a go-to venue for relaxation and exclusive entertainment, from fine dining at the Cipriani signature Italian restaurant to casual bites at the popular Stars ‘N’ Bars.
This, one of Abu Dhabi’s most picturesque marinas, can berth 191 boats varying between 8 and 21 metres. With 24 hour security and a members’ car park, it is also home to the stylish Yacht Club with its contemporary design, open terrace and Pacific Rim fine dining options. The Yacht Club is the hottest spot in town with its contemporary interiors, Japanese cuisine and the unlimited imagination of its bar staff. Prepare for cocktail creations, unforgettable sunsets and much more.
For those wanting to explore further afield, the InterContinental Abu Dhabi Marina is a great place to request a water taxi pick-up from the city and take a waterborne tour of Abu Dhabi out to Yas Island.
Operated by Belevari Marine, the new 30-berth Eastern Mangroves Marina can house boats and yachts ranging from eight to 24 metres in length, and includes services ranging from 24 hour security, trolley, cart, battery charging, to electricity and water connections and mooring assistance.
The Marina is adjacent to the five-star Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, the Eastern Mangroves Suites by Jannah Hotels & Resorts, and is connected through a pedestrian walkway to the Eastern Mangroves Promenade – an active, urban lifestyle destination abuzz with restaurants, cafes and shops.
Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey, Sea Hawk Kayaks and Hydro Marine Sport (stand up paddle) are operated from Eastern Mangroves Marina.
Belevari Marine is a the leisure and hospitality company operating catamaran, yacht and Abu Dhabi boat cruises from its base at Emirates Palace Marina.
Ghantoot Marina & Resort
The warm welcome you receive will make you feel like a friend and the relaxed atmosphere that surrounds you will make you feel as if you were at home. Only 20 minutes from Dubai and 40 minutes from Abu Dhabi, Ghantoot Marina & Resort is a truly unique and welcoming marina environment. Members have access to all hotel facilities, including private beach, gym and swimming pool. The marina has 300 berths available, seven of which will accommodate super yachts up to 55m.