Yachts as far as the eye can see on the docks of Dubai’s “Marina”: With the return of tourism, getaways aboard these luxurious ships on man-made lakes have become all the rage in these times of pandemic in the bustling emirate of the Gulf.
Open to tourists since July of last year, 2020, the city-emirate attracts visitors for its restaurants and beaches, but also with its yachts, at a time when social distancing is still in force.
Since the start of the health crisis, Nada Naim has gone out to sea four times. “It’s more intimate, you’re just with your family and friends,” says this 36-year-old Saudi woman who lives in Dubai.
“You feel like you can breathe. It’s like you’ve gone on a trip,” adds Nada, who has not left Dubai since February 2020.
With a skyline full of skyscrapers and artificial islands, the yachts operate at 70% of their capacity. Rental companies have shown a growing interest in this activity.
“As soon as the confinement measures were relaxed and the situation returned (almost) to normality, people opted for something safe and in accordance with the regulations, visiting family and friends,” Mohamed al Sayed, director of a company, told AFP. for renting these luxurious boats, Royal Star Yachts.
Both residents and tourists dream of “cruises” to relax, says this professional, who has been working in the sector for eight years.
– “Increased demand” –
These excursions are not cheap at all: you pay up to 18,000 dirhams (about 4,000 euros, or $ 4,850) to sail for three hours on a 42-meter long boat, the amount being generally shared by the passengers on board.
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