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Nakheel launches cruises around landmarks

For Dh1,000, visitors will be given a tour of the Palm Jumeirah and The World islands

  • By Aya Lowe, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 January 17, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Oliver Clarke/ Gulf News
  • Saeed Hareb, managing director of Nakheel Marine and Leisure, aboard the Nakheel cruise boat. He launched the cruise venture through the Palm Jumeirah waterway.

Dubai: Nakheel plans to generate extra revenue by conducting cruises around its Palm Jumeirah and The World developments.

The first set of cruises, under the brand name ‘Cruise with Nakheel' will tour the Palm Jumeirah, offering views of the island's resorts, villas, apartment complexes and marina.

The trips will cater to groups of 12, 15 or 30 people on vessels of three sizes: 38, 52 and 80 feet. Cruise prices will start at Dh1,000 per boat, depending on the size of the vessel. The one-hour trips will operate daily between 9am and 5pm.

Commercial concept

"‘Cruise with Nakheel' is a completely new concept for marine tourism. Travellers can now go ‘inside' the Palm Jumeirah and enjoy views of the island and its buildings as never before. The Palm is already one of Dubai's biggest attractions, and we look forward to bringing more visitors to this world-famous landmark through our new cruise service," Saeed Hareb, managing director of Nakheel Marine and Leisure, said.

According to a Nakheel spokesperson, the company is expecting up to 60 trips per month.

"It has been welcomed by tour operators, who say it is a new opportunity to offer something unique for customers. We at Nakheel receive many individual requests from people," the spokesperson said.

Separate cruises to the World islands will also be made available, repositioning the development as a tourist offering.

The World project covers 931 hectares, with islands ranging from 150,000 to 450,000 square feet.

According to Nakheel, 70 per cent of the 300 islands have been sold and the rest are still owned by Nakheel. Only two privately owned islands have begun construction — the six-island Heart of Europe Project developed by the Kleindienst Group and the Lebanon Island developed by Wakil Admed Azmi.

Recently, the oyster-shaped islet, part of the Asia island, was put up for sale at a price of Dh105 million.

As part of this tourism initiative, Nakheel said it plans to create 500 artificial reefs around The World islands in order to encourage marine life and aid the local fishing industry.

Comments (7)

  1. Added 17:49 January 17, 2012

    I suppose Dhs 1000 would be per boat with group of people. If it is per individual, then cost is high.

    Maqbulhusen , Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  2. Added 17:31 January 17, 2012

    Get more activites involved not limited to snorkelling, diving, and have onboard food and snacks

    Praveen, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:26 January 17, 2012

    unaffordable.

    Sama, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:29 January 17, 2012

    Mr. Mohammsd i guess this charges for per boat of 8 people for hour.

    Rajesh, Dubai, India

  5. Added 12:45 January 17, 2012

    Very good idea but too expensive 1000 Dh just for an hour ,timing should be increased.

    dimple , abudhabi, India

  6. Added 10:31 January 17, 2012

    Expensive and only for 1 hour!!

    Mohammad, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 09:07 January 17, 2012

    what a plan! very good and nice.

    Mohammad razwan, ajman, United Arab Emirates

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