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MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN The simple symmetrical layout of Lagoon Marina mirrors the central plaza of the high-density residential development. Lagoon Marina meets growing berth demand in RAK With hundreds of small boats and a long tradition of sailing and fishing as its foundation, Ras Al Khaimah is now evolving into one of the yachting hubs in the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Gulf. Often overshadowed in the news by Dubai or Abu Dhabi, RAK – as it is called locally – is only now starting to develop its nautical potential. RAK is located halfway between Dubai and the Musandam Peninsula in Oman, bridging also the highest-energy cosmopolitan urban centres and the purest natural coastal landscapes in the region. David Canfield reports One of the recent marinas in this northern emirate, which is providing new berths for the growth of its recreational navigation and nautical tourism, is The Lagoon Marina at the Mina al Arab project. This marina is part of the first phase of a large-scale US.7bn master planned project, which is the largest of its kind in RAK. Mina al Arab is presently under development by RAK Properties, the preeminent real estate developer in the area. The roles of marina consultant and engineer were performed by ATM, a company that specialises in marina projects and has over 12 years of uninterrupted presence in the UAE. Plans and development The final master plan for Mina al Arab was conceived in 2006 and construction started immediately. The project is a 250ha (618acre) development with about 80ha (197.6acre) of ecological reserve. By the time the global financial crisis impacted the project schedule, all major earthworks and bulkheading of canals had been completed. Within the framework of the available infrastructure, the master plan was updated for re-launching of works after the crisis. The master plan now includes eight resorts, an Arabian souk and thousands of residences including villas, townhouses and apartments. Upcoming hospitality components are supported by tourism data that shows that more accommodation is needed in the emirate, which is particularly well known for its natural landscapes. The new approach also adds emphasis to environmental features and incorporates the value of the wetland reserve through two eco-hotels. The completed initial phase of the master plan development includes villas, residential towers and the marina. The developer is enthusiastic about the current surge in activity at the site, including two hotels under construction that are scheduled for completion in 2018, and the outlook for completion of the master plan build-out in the near future. Design and development team ATM was founded in 1984 in Florida and started major involvement in Dubai in 2005. In the early nineties, the company set up a dedicated marina team. Originally focused on environmental and coastal engineering services, it quickly evolved into a comprehensive and integrated practice. For over 20 years, ATM’s marina services have encompassed market studies, marina planning, economic feasibility and business plans, coastal engineering modelling, marina engineering design, environmental studies, regulatory permitting, operations consulting, due diligence, tender services and construction support services. The ATM team has worked on over 600 marina projects worldwide. In the region, ATM has been involved in signature projects such as Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Palm Jumeirah Marina East and West, Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina and Marasi Marina to name a few - before, during and after the recession - and is one of the few locally licensed companies to process marina No Objection Certificates (NOCs) and permits in Dubai. In the Lagoon Marina project, ATM was involved in the marina planning, design, tender, approvals, construction supervision, support for the selection of the marina operator, and handover. Marina development process The Lagoon Marina at Mina al Arab is a 50-berth facility with Majestic Jetties pontoons and Rolec Seawave dockside pedestals. It supports the first phase of the project development and its simple symmetrical layout mirrors the central plaza of the high-density residential development. This location is opposite to The Harbour at Hayat Island, which will be developed in a future stage. The Lagoon Marina is one of the 44 - January/February 2018

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