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CASE STUDY: Dubai Properties' floating villas in Dubai Canal

by ASC Staff on Oct 31, 2017


The logistics challenges associated with getting the villas and other floating assets, such as the yacht club, in place on time for Cityscape Global 2017 were complex and required stringent attention to detail to overcome, according to Dubai Properties.
The logistics challenges associated with getting the villas and other floating assets, such as the yacht club, in place on time for Cityscape Global 2017 were complex and required stringent attention to detail to overcome, according to Dubai Properties.

Dubai Properties in September celebrated the voyage of the UAE’s first-ever water home as it made its way along the city’s newest attraction - the Dubai Water Canal - to berth at Marasi Business Bay.

During the following days, a further eleven homes were floated into Marasi as Dubai Properties marked the next milestone achievement in transforming the bustling commercial hub of Business Bay into a urban lifestyle destination.

Marasi Business Bay, once complete, will not only feature state-of-the-art water homes that come with pools and surrounded by floating restaurants. It will also see the Park, the Pier and the Marina that will eventually comprise 800 berths, stretch along the Dubai Water Canal, making it the region’s first purpose-built yachting hub at the heart of the city.

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The logistics challenges associated with getting the villas and other floating assets, such as the yacht club, in place on time for Cityscape Global 2017 were complex and required stringent attention to detail to overcome, according to Dubai Properties.

“We had many challenges, a chain of challenges,” a spokesperson for the property ground told Logistics Middle East. The villas were built in Finland and shipped as break-bulk to Port Rashid, where they were offloaded into the water and then floated up the Dubai Canal, which sounds simple enough on paper.

“We had to optimise the timing of shipping from Finland,” he explains. “During winter, moving the villas would have been a big problem, so we had to make sure that the villas were only going to be ready after winter, then upon arrival here the logistics of getting them off the ships required the use of a dedicated contractor. They were working in double shifts to offload and float the villas and then float them down the canal.”


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