Thursday, September 18, 2008

First marina on Palm Jumeirah to open to public in December

The first marina on Palm Jumeirah will be open to public in December this year, announced Island Global Yachting (IGY), the luxury marina developer and management company.

IGY has confirmed launch of an exclusive online auction site to lease berths to owners and residents of the Palm Jumeirah. Anchor Marina, the result of partnership with Nakheel, signifies one of the most prestigious projects by IGY.

The 590 berths of the marina will offer private yachts 10 to 30m in length, apart from modern infrastructural elements such as spacious concrete pontoons, together with some of the most modern technology available to boat owners, such as underwater lighting, LED illumination, wireless internet connections and concierge services.

Michael Horrigan, the CEO of IGY -Middle East and Europe, said that to reflect the prestige associated with Palm Jumeirah, great care has been taken to ensure that the quality of service and structure. The experience one gets at Anchor Marina will position it as one of the most well-appointed marinas in the world.

The guests will be offered with a choice of two clubhouses, one near Anchor Marina East and another near Anchor Marina West. The former will be designed for families, while the later will have a more sophisticated ambience with fine dining restaurants.

Horrigan announced that the Anchor Marina has been scheduled for opening this December, and that this fantastic product is likely to propel Dubai to the global forefront as a 'yachting destination of '.

"We are looking forward to a huge demand for berths and the idea of online auction site is considered as the most transparent and fair way of launching the first tier of leases," he added.

The dedicated auction site www.igyauctions .com is now developed to undertake the week long auction from 1st to 7th November, exclusively for owners and residents of the Palm Jumeirah. The owners/residents will get to lease one berth per property and the leases will be granted for a five year period. The berths for auction will be open to both East and West site of the Anchor Marina for yachts of 10-30m length.

Prospective bidders can begin registrations from 15th October and from then on they will be considered pre-qualified. Thereafter, the users can exclusively browse the site and place bids on unique selection of berths available for long-term leasing.

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