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From bashing desert sand dunes to berthing at the most luxurious marinas in the world, Abu Dhabi offers a superyacht haven perfect for luxe-hungry travellers. Whether escaping into its mangrove forests, or taking a luxurious spa treatment dipped in 18c gold, no escape quite compares.
Traditionally, the winter charter season sees the superyacht elite look to the Caribbean islands as their port of call for a sun-filled escape. However, more and more the United Arab Emirates is establishing itself as a leading charter destination. The unique experiences afforded in the glamorous Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are backed by the holistic offering of services that superyacht clientele expect, making the UAE an unmissable adventure.
General Manager of the Yas Marina, Billy Canellas, stopped by the Breaking News Centre at the Monaco Yacht Show to talk about why the Abu Dhabi based marina is becoming homeport of choice for many of the superyacht elite.
Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina has broken exciting new ground in its mission to become the ultimate UAE homeport. The Yas Island-based facility has achieved new hassle-free direct foreign flag vessel clearing services, along with new 6 month navigation licenses and 6 month visas for crews of all nationalities.
Situated on the multi-purpose leisure, shopping and entertainment center of Yas Island, Yas Marina is the nautical hub of Abu Dhabi. Yas is not only a prime spot for yacht docking and maintenance, but also a vibrant venue of dining, fitness and leisure facilities.
Last week saw the Dubai Canal Jumeirah transform into a hub of activity, flooded with representatives of the best names in the business and their spectacular fleets for the Dubai International Boat Show. We caught up with Billy Canellas, General Manager of Abu Dhabi’s stronghold of yachting, Yas Marina.
From the largest indoor theme park in the world to Grand Prix race tracks to crystal-strewn hotels, Abu Dhabi—the wealthiest of the seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates—is fast becoming one of the most extravagant and exciting places in the world to visit. For those who can only afford to take two days from their charter schedule to make the visit, you will find Abu Dhabi is filled with more than enough to keep you busy in 48 hours.