Under the Patronage of

H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,

Chairman of Dubai Sports Council and Chairman of the Dubai International Marine Club

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2021

P&O Marinas, the world-class developer of marinas and lifestyle destinations for yachting enthusiasts, hosts ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) in Dubai.

The conference will bring together 400 participants comprising the region’s leading marina and club operators, owners and vendors along with related government agency representatives. The event will showcase innovations in the new marina and boatyard products and services and tackle some of the big issues and opportunities through presentations and interactive sessions.

Presentations and panel discussions will focus on future leisure, social and economic trends and how they impact marinas. These sessions will also cover asset management, maintenance and benchmarking, risk mitigations, environmental leadership and many more highly anticipated topics.

The trade exhibition will provide delegates with the most cost-effective way to meet face to face with vendors showcasing the latest products and services specifically for marinas including clubs, boatyards and dry stacks.


ICOMIA was formed in 1966 to bring together in one global organisation the national boating federations and other bodies involved in the recreational marine industry, and to represent them at international level. The ICOMIA Marinas Group seeks to improve the sharing and exchange of information with respect to the development and best practice management of marinas, boat storage facilities, boating access and associated infrastructure throughout the world. A key function of the ICOMIA Marinas Group is to support the biennial World Marinas Conference, which brings together industry experts from across the globe with an exciting and stimulating programme.
For more information, please visit www.icomia.org.

About P&O Marinas

P&O Marinas is a DP World company established to develop world-class marinas and lifestyle destinations for yachting enthusiasts and the hospitality of owners, captains, guests and residents. After the successful experience of Mina Rashid Marina (Dubai, UAE) where the company offers berths for some of the world’s largest yachts, P&O Marinas extended its management and operations to four marinas in Dubai.
For more information, please visit www.pandomarinas.com.


ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2021

Registration & networking breakfast

Welcome remarks

KEYNOTE SPEECH: The UAE - Our maritime heritage

Session 1: Vision of a Marina

In the young generation's eyes

A boater’s marina

The Superyacht segment: The Captains’ View

The non-boating segment perspective: An overall experience.

Interactive debate

Coffee break

Session 2: Marina developments as a business opportunity

The real estate point of view

Investors’ expectations

Marina operation and business

The Government vision

Interactive debate


Session 3: Marinas empowering lifestyle and tourism

The established successful lifestyle marinas: French Riviera, Caribbean, Australia

Sustainable marine tourism

Driving lifestyle and tourism through yacht clubs and watersports

Interactive debate

Closing remarks

UAE Marinas site visit

On Board Discussion: State of the industry around the globe

North America

South America




Middle East

On board discussion: ‘Boarding is freedom’ - Is it really?

Regulations - how domestic regulations can impact transit yachts and what can marinas do to help overcoming South America legislative issues

ICOMIA’s reports on taxes and regulation from marinas over the world

Marinas and water sports integration - from legal issues to sharing water surface

IT Tech Talks & breakfast

Welcome remarks

Summary of day 1


Session 4: Greener and sustainable marinas

Building resilience in marinas: how to prepare for and mitigate risks of climate change

Smart cities: how can marina designers benefit from the knowledge we have gained?

Environmental sustainability of nautical tourism and infrastructures

Circular economy

Interactive debate

Coffee break

Session 5: Marinas technical challenges and opportunities

Use of new technologies

Electric systems and solar energy

IT and marinas

Life marina plan – anti-sedimentation system

Interactive debate


Session 6: Operational Trends

Sweat, tears and the sea – applying human factors on the bridge

Floating villages

Bigger and bigger yachts

Relationship between marinas and fishing communities

The impact of climate change on marinas and marina operations

Interactive debate

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Sailing towards the future
Closing remarks

Gala Dinner

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delegate fee covers:

  • 2 days conference access including networking breakfast and lunches
  • Access to the exclusive Dubai marinas tour on second day
  • Welcome dinner & gala dinner
  • All Conference collaterals
Standard Rate

AED 1,650

USD 450.00

Early Bird

Valid till June 15 2021

AED 1,195

USD 325.00

Please register your interest here until purchase options are enabled.



The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference will be held at Mina Rashid Marina Events Hall , a landmark leisure and lifestyle destination serving yachts, superyachts and cruise ships. Located in the historic heart of Dubai at the mouth of the Creek, Mina Rashid is the historical port where the city grew to become the “City of Merchants”. The new marina is a place where history meets the future, including a waterfront destination for people, tourists, yachts and superyachts owners, captains and crews, water sport and sailing enthusiasts. Taking centre stage is the magnificent Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), one of the last great Transatlantic liners, docked permanently at Mina Rashid Marina, in Dubai, featuring a 13 deck floating hotel, complete with dining, entertainment and event destination attractions.

Mina Rashid Marina Events Hall is a 3700 sqm space dedicated to holding events and exhibitions, both industry specific and otherwise. Strategically located 20 minutes from Dubai International Airport, the venue has ease of access from any part of Dubai.

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