Festival Marina Welcomes the Return of “The Dragons”
Festival Marina, Dubai Festival City, is set to host the Dubai Dragon Boat Festival for the fourth year running in April
Dubai, UAE, 16 March 2011: The popular Dubai Dragon Boat Festival is set for an exciting return this April with two days of thrilling races and a host of onshore entertainment on offer at Festival Marina, the stunning creek side of Festival Centre Dubai Festival City.
In its fourth year, the event attracts thousands of competitors and spectators with teams lining up for an action-packed weekend.
The festival, which will be held on Friday 8th April and Saturday 9th April, is hosted by the UAE Dragon Boat Association, Siren Events, UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation and Festival Centre, in association with Mourjan Marinas IGY, the luxury marina developer and management company, and Festival Centre, the venue host.
Jason Mackenzie, Technical Director of the UAE Dragon Boat Association, said: “This event continues to grow in stature and the huge following it has along with the passion people have for dragon boating makes for a wonderful day out for the family.
“The atmosphere onshore as the teams compete is really something to be experienced and once again we are encouraging people to come down and enjoy one of the favourite events on Dubai’s sporting calendar.”
Dragon Boating is a thrilling water sport full of adrenaline, sportsmanship, strategy and technique. It is also a sport that is about positive team spirit, being healthy, making friends and having fun. Companies are encouraged to enter their corporate teams for this year’s festival early, due to the enormous popularity of this growing sport.
There will be a range of activities at Festival Centre over the two day period to create a carnival atmosphere, including food and beverage stalls and children’s activities.
Matthew Bate, Director of Operations for Mourjan Marinas IGY, the operator of Festival Marina said: “We are very proud of how popular this event has become and how it brings the community together in a unique and spectacular way.”
“This event is all about having fun and there is plenty to see and do beyond all the action on the water,” he added.
Gary Burrows, General Manager Shopping Centres Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE), said: “We are delighted to host the Dubai Dragon Boat Festival at Festival Marina. Many of our group associates participated last year and they are even more interested in this year’s challenge. This event emphasizes the continuous commitment of Dubai Festival City to supporting sports events and talents and the community at large.”
Festival Marina is a unique yachting destination in Dubai. Located at the heart of Dubai Festival City, on the banks of historic Dubai Creek, Festival Marina forms part of the retail resort Festival Centre has and the recently launched Marina Restaurant Pavilion to offer convenient access to the wider range of entertainment, shopping and eating options overlooking the Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road skyline and creek.
The Mediterranean inspired Festival Marina encompasses 74 permanent berths with state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate 15 to 35 metre yachts. The custom-designed marina has a number of special features including extra wide pontoons, a helicopter pad and WiFi.
Overlooking Festival Marina, Festival Centre has become a major attraction for the yachting circuit. The retail resort is home to over 400 shops and 95 restaurants and cafés, a 12 screen Grand Cinemas complex and Bowling City. The waterfront promenade links Festival Marina to the world renowned InterContinental and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City and Events Centre, all with prime waterfront views over Festival Marina, Dubai Creek and the city’s skyline.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to enter a team in the Dubai Dragon Boat Festival please email email@example.com or call +971 4 453 4620.
The UAE Dragon Boat Association
The UAE Dragon Boat Association is the official governing body for the sport of dragon boating within the UAE. It operates under the Umbrella of the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation which governs all modern water sports. Currently the UAE DBA in conjunction with the UAE SARF and Siren Events hosts between 4-6 dragon boat events annually. These events combine to produce over 5000 participants per year. If anyone is interested to become involved in this sport as an individual, a company or a social team then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dubaidragonboat.com
About Festival Centre
Festival Centre is home to Dubai’s premier concerts and festivals and has hosted world class entertainers such as Carlos Santana, Maroon 5, Tamer Hosni, Amr Diab, Shah Rukh Khan and Kylie Minogue. It has also presented Dubai with a wide array of festivals from the Emirates Airlines International Festival of Literature through to Dubai Desert Rock and Dubai Bike Week. Festival Centre hosts events, parades, entertainers and musicians each week ensuring families are always engaged and rewarded for their visit.
Festival Centre is a landmark 2m sq ft urban retail resort which forms the epicentre of Dubai Festival City now acknowledged to be one of UAE's most exciting retail, dining and leisure attractions. Set on the historic Dubai Creek, Festival Centre, offers over 400 world class retailers, 95 restaurants, cafés and bistros, a 12-screens Grand Festival Cinemas complex and a parking for more than 10,000 cars. It also boasts a stunning Marina and some of the emirate’s most photographed sunset vistas.
The award winning Festival Centre has recently added the Five Star award “Best Retail Development” at the Arabian Property Awards 2010, and two other prestigious Retail City awards - “Mall of the Year” and “Best Retail Destination of the Year”.
About Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City is an Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate development project which covers 5.2 million sq m and stretches 3 kilometres along the historic Dubai Creek that optimizes the thriving and visionary spirit of Dubai.
Dubai Festival City is an established creek side, mixed use destination and premier waterfront community interconnecting finest residential, shopping, dining, leisure & entertainment, international hotels, schools, golf course, automotive park and offices. It is formed into three distinct districts and connected by a 30 kilometres internal road network and creek side promenade. This existing community offers freehold villas and apartments for sale and lease which combine traditional and contemporary architecture. Upon completion, the community will be home to 50,000 residents living in 20,000 villas and apartments, and ideal place to work for 50,000 office staff.
Dubai Festival City has recently won 3 top recognitions at The Arabian Property Awards 2010, in the categories of Best Mixed Use Development for Dubai Festival City, Best Residential Development for Al Badia Hillside Village, Dubai Festival City and Best Retail Development for Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City.
Mourjan Marinas IGY
Mourjan Marinas IGY is an international marina developer, operator and investor based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Operating under a new name after an alliance between Island Global Yachting (IGY) and G-Marin; Mourjan Marinas IGY continues to drive the growth of marina development throughout the Middle East. The company offers the full range of technical, development, operations, marketing and administrative expertise required to design, construct and manage world-class marina facilities internationally.