The area was set up in the 80's to promote tourism as well as Water Sports. The Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) was the first development, formed in 1986 on the instructions of His Highness Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, to form a solid organizational base for Offshore powerboat racing. In April 1986, the first Dubai Offshore Powerboat race was held and attratced 25 boats. By 1995, this number had gone up to 60 boats. Only a few years after its inception, the DIMC was officially recognised when it became the first-ever Arab organisation to be granted full membership of the Union Internationale Motornautique (UIM), the sport's world governing body.
The UAE Marine Sports Federation was created in In 1997, the Dubai International Marine Club [DIMC] merged with Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club [ADIMSC] to form the UAE Marine Sports Federation [UAE MSF], that currently serves as the UAE Watersports National Authority and the Union Internationale Motonautique’s [UIM] representative for the region of Central Asia, Middle East and all Arab countries.
The UAE Marine Sports Federation’s role is to encourage, promote, administer and represent the watersports activities for members of the Federation and others throughout the Persian Gulf and the World. In addititon it also acts as the regional authority and regulating body for watersports activities in the region.
In 1998, Ras Al Khaimah Water Ski Club joined the UAE Marine Sports Federation followed by Emirates Heritages Club and the Fujairah International Marine Sports Club.
The headquarter of the UAE Marine Sports Federation is at the Dubai International Marine Club (Mina Seyahi).
In the late 1970’s HH The Late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum had a vision to have three distinctive areas in the Emirate of Dubai. His foresight witnessed the creation of the Jebel Ali Free Zone as the industrial area, Mina Seyahi was to cater to tourist pleasures – hence Mina Seyahi and the central area of Dubai was to serve as the residential locale. In 1988, the Dubai Marine Club was formed to promote watersports in Dubai. Resources were limited at the time and traditional races were organised with the help of volunteers and official partners in the government. In 1990, Mr. Saeed Hareb and Mr. Saif Al Shaffar were given the responsibility to develop traditional as well as modern watersports events. Due to the experience, expertise and family background of his relationship with the sea, Saeed Hareb was appointed Managing Director.
Mina Seyahi had a natural slipway for boats and dhows to be launched and it was the vision of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum that brought about the transformation of the area into a modern Marina for yacht owners to moor their boats.
In 1994, the vision of HH The Late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai saw the official creation of the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) through a formal decree. DIMC was declared the only watersports body authorised to organise watersports activities and competitions in the Emirate of Dubai. On 5th October 2003, the Rulers Court appointed HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum as its Chairman with a Higher Council to take care of the daily activities of the Club. Mr. Saeed Hareb and Ever since, the Club has grown from strength to strength and was the first Arab organisation to be accorded a full membership with the world governing body for motorized watersports – Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), International Sailing Federation (ISAF), International Canoeing Federation (ICF) and the International Rowing Council (IRC).
Over the years DIMC has organised several national and international events that has won them acclaim and awards as “Best Organiser”. The infrastructure at DIMC is at par with any other international watersports body. Apart from the prime location of the Club and easy access to the ocean, DIMC offers other facilities to its marina members and guests alike. The Marina offers craning facilities, re-fuelling services, a slipway, and a splendid wet and dry berthing area for 350 vessels (ranging from 25 feet to 160 feet). The berths are equipped with electricity and water. The marina also has a sports jetty for visiting vessels of up to 160 feet.
The Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is the first hotel to be build on the Mina Seyahi Complex in 1999.
Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is set on Jumeirah Beach in the city of Dubai. Located opposite Emirates Golf Club and Montgomery Golf Course, the hotel is a boutique-styled luxury resort with 211 guest rooms. Cultural and tourist venues like the Dubai Museum, Gold and Spice Souks, international water sport venues, and other celebrated sites are conveniently accessible from the hotel.
The hotel features meeting facilities and banqueting rooms, including outdoor facilities for up to 5,000 guests; eight restaurants and bars (Barasti Bar, The Dhow Seafood & Sushi Restaurant, Tang Restaurant, Waves Restaurant, Ciro's Pomodoro, Bussola Restaurant, Horizon Bar and the Lobby Lounge); the Solesenses Spa-Beach; five outdoor pools, and access to a range of sport activities such as water skiing, kayaking, and windsurfing. The hotel also features a Penguin Club that provides activities and services for children. Situated 35 minutes from Dubai International Airport, the five-star resort is set on 1,200 meters of the Jumeirah coastline, lining Dubai's largest private white sand beach and 238-berth world-class marina.
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is a flagship Westin brand hotel in the Middle East and the first Westin to debut in the United Arab Emirates.
The five-star Westin Dubai resort is also located in the Mina Seyahi Complex and offers views of the Persian Gulf. Features include 294 guest rooms and suites featuring the Westin Heavenly Bed, luxurious bath amenities, LCD TVs, the Westin Heavenly Spa and Westin Workout Gym. The resort includes four restaurants (The Spice Emporium, Blue Orange, Hunters Room and Grill and Bussola Italian Restaurant) and four bars (Senyar Bar, Oeno Wine & Cheese Bar, Pool Bars and The Atrium Lobby Lounge) and extensive conference and banqueting facilities, including an outdoor amphitheatre for weddings, gala dinners, and concerts.
The resort is located 20 minutes from the cosmopolitan city centre with the bustling spice and fabric souqs of Dubai, together with the modern attractions of the gold souq. Nearby is the Mall of the Emirates, the largest shopping mall outside of North America, which includes an indoor ski slope. Three championship golf courses, including the PGA tour Emirates Golf Club, will be just a 10-minute drive away, while a whole host of superb water sports facilities are available at the resort itself.
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