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

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.

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 boaters marina

The Superyacht segment: The Captains’ View
- Captain Thomas Pedersen

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
Australia - Darren Vaux
French Riviera - Laurent Monsaingeon

Sustainable marine tourism
- Daniel Schaffer

Driving lifestyle and tourism through yacht clubs and watersports
- Andrew Pindar

Interactive debate

Closing remarks

A day at sea - full day tour by yacht to different marinas across UAE.

UAE Marinas site visit

On Board Discussion: State of the industry around the globe

North America
- Gary Groenewold

South America
- Klaus Cacau Peters

- Jean-Michel Gagne

- Darren Vaux

- YP Loke

Middle East
- Paul Lane

On board discussion: "Boating is freedom" - Is it really?

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

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

Talk 1 – Changing the world one wave at a time

Welcome remarks

Summary of day 1


Session 4: Greener and sustainable marinas

Building resiliency in marinas
- Christophe Saune

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 – antisedimentation system
- Giovanni Preda

Interactive debate


Session 6: Operational Trends

Sweat, tears and the sea – applying human factors on the bridge
- Dr. Nicklas Dahlstrom

Floating villages

Bigger and bigger yachts

Relationship between marinas and fishing communities
- Esteban Biondi

The impact of climate change on marinas and marina operations
- Vasco de Cet

Interactive debate

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Sailing towards the future

Closing remarks

Gala Dinner

download programme

Who's Speaking?


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.

Travel & other information:

Our travel operator partner City One Tourism & Travel is here to help take care of your flight, visa processing, hotel or restaurant bookings or to assist with any other inquiries you may have with regard to your trip. You may contact them on reservations@cityonetours.ae for information on preferential hotel rates.

Due to COVID-19, rules could be subject to continuous changes. We advise to check applicable travel rules and regulations closer to the conference date.


Our Meet and Greet service is glad to welcoming you in Dubai, offering you different packages of services and facilities. Discover our Silver, Bronze and Gold packages for a pleasant arrival and departure experience.


Dubai Half Day City Tour - 9:00 - 1:00PM

Get fascinated as you explore the alluring city of Dubai and be ready to be amazed by the rich culture, awesome attractions, giant shopping malls, delicious cuisine, luxurious hotels, modern skylines and innovative infrastructures.

The tour package includes a visit to iconic locations: Burj Al-Arab, Madinat Jumeirah, Atlantis the Palm, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. You also get to see the heart of Dubai – Gold Souq, Dubai Creek, Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach and Spice Souq.

Abu Dhabi City Tour - 9:00 - 5:00PM

Be enticed by the largest Emirate and the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. From clear waters to intricate architectures and designs, Abu Dhabi sets a depiction of vast wealth.

Visit the Grand Mosque, Break Water, Heritage Village, Marina Mall, Dates Market and enjoy the views of the Emirates Palace Hotel, Presidential Palace, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Yas Island and Yas Water World. Abu Dhabi will give you a glimpse of the Arabian lifestyle and culture set in a fast-paced city.

Platinum Desert Safari

Platinum Desert Safari

Dubai's most luxurious desert safari. Explore the desert in a modern Range Rover Vogue and savour a 6-course dinner under the stars at a private oasis located inside the grounds of a Royal family member's desert retreat.

Yellow Boats

Yellow Boats

You are in safe hands - established in 2009 and carrying over 70,000 passengers per year, The Yellow Boats aims to deliver the highest levels of quality, best value and exceptional services to our guests. Our love for the water and our desire to share the marvelous sights of the UAE are what makes The Yellow Boats great!

Luxury Sunset Yacht Tour

Luxury Sunset Yacht Tour

From the Dubai Marine cruise around the Palm and the World Islands, pass by the iconic Burj Al Arab and see the spectacular palaces from the sea while enjoying a glass of champagne and a few delightful canapes on board a luxury yacht.

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. One of the tallest hotels in the world, it is the fifth tallest , although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280m from Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge.

Helicopter Ride

Helicopter Ride

From the internationally renowned Burj Khalifa and world famous Burj Al Arab to the spectacular The World Island and The Palm Jumeirah, our aerial tours ensure a unique unobstructed view of Dubai in well-appointed helicopters.

Seaplane Tour

Seaplane Tour

Take off from Mina Rashid Marina to enjoy a beautiful 45 minutes air tour combined with a journey back in time. Soar into the sky on our state-of-the-art Cessna seaplane that takes off and lands on water.


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