A Dream Come True
From fishermen and pearl divers to dhow builders and traders, few cities in the world can boast such richness of maritime history. Memories of Dubai are inherently tied to the sea. Since the early 1900s, rich cargoes from across the world have been traversing its shores. By the 1970s, the soaring trade of Dubai, or ‘City of Merchants’ as it was fondly called, demanded a new infrastructure; the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum conceived the idea of dredging Dubai Creek to allow large shipping vessels to enter. Sheik Rashid’s dream flourished to become the commercial centre between the east and the west – MINA RASHID
MINA RASHID was inaugurated in 1972. The British Royal Mail ship, the SIRDHANA, was the first vessel to dock. Since then, it became one of the largest ports in the region, home of the famous QE2 floating hotel, and 11-time winner of Middle East’s Leading Cruise Port at the World Travel Awards. Forty-seven years later, EMAAR embarks on a new journey. To celebrate and preserve the Al Maktoum royal family’s heritage while bringing an inspired vision of luxury coastal living to this prestigious site.