Gulf Craft partners with P&O Marinas to drive ambitious expansion in Dubai

11th Jul 2021

Gulf Craft, one of the world’s leading shipbuilders, has announced a strategic partnership with P&O Marinas, DP World’s collection of world-class luxury marinas and picturesque harbours, to open its dedicated Sales Center at Mina Rashid Marina. This also marks the ambitious expansion plans of Gulf Craft into Dubai, where the company aims to strengthen its product and service offering.

To coincide with the launching of the new Sales Center in Mina Rashid Marina, Gulf Craft has launched a new customer-focused campaign for its Nomad, long range explorer yachts that are designed to meet the lifestyle aspirations of the adventurer seafarers. Designed for the rugged mariners, who love the challenges of the sea and wish to explore further afield, the Nomad is a marquee brand of Gulf Craft with buyers already from across the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

Gulf Craft will offer competitive rates for new Nomad explorer yacht buyers in addition to free berthing for a year at Mina Rashid Marina, regarded as the region’s most sought-after superyacht destination for boat owners, their friends, family, and crew.

Gulf Craft Chairman Mohammed Alshaali said: “With the return of marine centric activities in the region and to leverage Dubai’s position as a hub for the yachting community, we are further expanding our presence in the Emirate. We are proud to open our new Sales Center in Mina Rashid Marina, which has a rich legacy in addition to being a lifestyle hub that will appeal to yacht owners.”

Gulf Craft CEO Talal Nasralla added: “Mina Rashid Marina is fast evolving as a hub for marine enthusiasts from across the world. In addition to opening our Sales Center, we are launching a dedicated campaign to promote our Nomad brand, providing new customers the opportunity to experience not only the distinctive experience of this explorer yacht but also the diverse offering of Mina Rashid Marina.”

Hamza Mustafa, COO of P&O Marinas, added: “Mina Rashid Marina provides a complete ecosystem for marine enthusiasts. As a luxury waterfront destination, we enable yacht owners to explore the high seas with ease while also providing a vibrant dining and lifestyle scene on ground. We are delighted to welcome Gulf Craft, a company with a strong heritage in building world-class yachts in the UAE. Their new Sales Center will add to the convenience of the yachting community.”

Mina Rashid Marina is the main port of entry for all international superyachts visiting Dubai and has the capacity to host some of the world’s biggest superyachts. It has a berthing capacity of 424 yachts between 15-80 metres, in addition to seven alongside berths to accommodate superyachts that are over 80 metres, making the marina one of the most comprehensive in the Middle East.

Gulf Craft will host Open Days on July 6th and 7th at Port Rashid Marina, where several Nomad boats and SUVs will be on display. The event will welcome boat lovers, media, and the wider community to discover the explorer boat.

Launched at the 2015 Dubai International Boat Show, Gulf Craft’s Nomad explorer yachts are a top-favourite among marine enthusiasts with six models to choose from: The original Nomad boat series – Nomad 55, Nomad 65 and Nomad 75 as well as the SUV Collection comprising Nomad 65 SUV, Nomad 75 SUV and Nomad 95 SUV.

The Nomad series stands out for the on-water living experience that suits adventurers and its powerful performance. Its design is the realisation of the vision of celebrated British naval architect Andrew Wolstenholme. Working with Gulf Craft’s in-house design team, he has created a long-range adventure yacht that can master all weather conditions and assure top-notch comfort as the Nomad owners explore distant horizons.

Designed to fulfil the spirit of marine adventure, the Nomad explorers have a semi displacement hybrid hull, a design that sets the boat apart and provides its distinctive seakeeping and ocean-going capability. The hull design enables her to cut through rough seas with a much smoother motion.

The Nomad SUVs are regarded as an industry game changer, with the innovative vessels assuring safety, comfort and functionality in designs suited for adventurous families and deep ocean travellers. Unique features include its master cabin being at the main deck level not below the hull as in other boats of an equivalent size. They also feature an enclosed sky lounge on the upper deck, also unique in its class.

All Nomad explorers use the latest construction materials such as carbon fibre and Kevlar in the deck and fly-bridge increasing stiffness, reducing weight and enhancing stability.

Founded in the United Arab Emirates in 1982, Gulf Craft has three facilities in the UAE and the Maldives and has a manufacturing capacity of 200 boats per year. The company has built more than 10,000 boats already, serving clients around the world, including its flagship Majesty 175, the world’s largest composite production superyacht.

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