Emirates Palace Marina - Fairytale Setting, Luxurious Berthing 08-03-2013
Situated on the West Corniche in Abu Dhabi lies a marina which, having recently undergone an assessment by The Yacht Harbour Association, has been awarded 5 Gold Anchors.

Easily accessible by car from Abu Dhabi’s International airport; by seaplane from Dubai or neighbouring Emirates, Emirates Palace Marina is the ideal starting point to discover these excellent sailing waters.

Coming in both from sea and land, the overwhelming grandeur of the Emirates Palace hotel, flanked by the Etihad Towers on the opposite side of the famous Corniche Road, attracts yacht owners who are looking for berthing and service on a new level. Far from any disturbing noise and yet all services are available day and night at this high-class accommodation.

Mieke Vleugels, our assessor, says “The name Emirates Palace itself evokes an image of luxury, refinement and excellent service and I was glad to find out that Emirates Palace Marina more than lives up to the grand expectations set by the legendary hotel. The marina combines exclusivity with a personal approach that will have any berth holder or visitor feeling welcome. Staying at Emirates Palace Marina is like catching a glimpse from a fairytale world, all the while enjoying the comfort and cosmopolitanism modern Abu Dhabi has to offer.”

Luxury is a key term at the marina as berth holders are treated to the refinement one expects in a five-star hotel. Everything is possible, from onboard dining to butler service.

The Emirates Palace marina is run by ART Marine Marinas, and Bruno Meier CMM is their General Manger. Bruno said, “I am proud of our achievements at Emirates Palace Marina, and look forward to adding a few more ART Marine Marinas to the list of recipients of this prestigious industry recognition”.

In line with what the discerning boaters find necessary in this day and age, Emirates Palace Marina has also been awarded with the Blue Flag. This year audit goes hand in hand with the environmental requirements of The Yacht Harbour Associations Code of Practice. They are also completing a Carbon footprint analysis by UK-based Carbon Expert, the aim of which is to monitor the entire businesses effect on the environment and to find out ways to reduce it in the future.

This marina’s efforts to set an example are nothing less than admirable.

Capt. Toby Haws, Marina Manager, is ably assisted by a small but strong administrative team all of whom take customer service to a new level. Toby is justly delighted with his team on their achievement and says, “The role of Emirates Palace Marina is not just to exceed the expectation of our bertholders and visitors, but also to set the standard for yachting in the region," explained Capt. Toby Haws, marina manager. "This is why we aligned ourselves with the Gold Anchor program, as it is now the global benchmark to achieve. Assessing facility, customer service and environmental responsibility, it looks at all areas a modern marina operator must perform in."

For further information about Emirates Palace Marina, visit www.emiratespalacemarina.com.

The Gold Anchor scheme is a voluntary assessment programme which is focussed on customer service and providing quality berths for the boat owner. Ratings range from one to five Gold Anchors and provide assurance of quality and credibility of the marina. Qualifying technical criteria is based on TYHA’s Code of Practice for the Construction and Operation of Marina and Yacht Harbours. For further information visit www.whichmarina.com.