Dubai Marina Yacht Club to shut down in weeks

The treasured dining and nightlife spot will be replaced with a new hotel and yachting hub.

Neil Churchill October 11, 2016

One of Dubai’s most beloved institutions is due to close down within weeks and be replaced with a new hotel, EDGAR can exclusively reveal.

The Yacht Club in Dubai Marina is entering its final days as we know it, with construction on the new project commencing in the first quarter of 2017.

Emaar has confirmed to EDGAR that a hospitality concept including a new world-class yacht club will take its place. 

The Yacht Club has faced increasing competition in recent years as Dubai Marina’s restaurant and nightlife industry has grown. But ever since it opened over eight years ago it’s been a stalwart for Tuesday ladies’ nights, Thursday after work drinks and Saturday breakfasts. Soon, all of that will be gone – no more Aquara, 25°55° Cafe Bistro or YOTS Sports Lounge. 

“All club-related services and the operations of lifestyle, F&B and commercial amenities at the existing facility will be discontinued from January,” an Emaar spokesperson said in a statement.

If you own a yacht or berth in the marina, don’t panic. The Yacht Club is moving its operations business to nearby hotel The Address Dubai Marina and will continue to “provide marina-related services to its berth holders after January 2017”.

“Visitors can also enjoy all charter services as normal with the bookings to be made from the new office,” the statement added.

There’s no word yet on what the new hotel will be, but given this is an Emaar operation don’t be surprised to see its young hospitality brand, Rove Hotels, take the space.

Until then, so long Yacht Club and thanks for the memories.