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festival Marina welcomes the dubai festival city dragon boat festival

Dragon Boating

Dubai, UAE, 13 February, 2012: The popular Dubai Festival City Dragon Boat Festival, one of Dubai’s favourite events which is celebrating its fifth year, is set for an exciting return this April.

The event attracts thousands of competitors and spectators with teams lining up for an action-packed weekend. The festival will be held on April 6-7 and is hosted by Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, the UAE Dragon Boat Association, Siren Events, UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, in association with Mourjan Marinas IGY, the luxury marina developer and management company.

The festival will include entertainment for all of the family, on and off the water, including DJs, sports physiotherapy tent, kid’s corner and many other activities. It is a community festival bringing together corporate, university, school and community groups from across the UAE.

Jason Mackenzie, Technical Director of the UAE Dragon Boat Association, said: “This event is in its fifth year and is more popular than ever. It is a fantastic sport and a wonderful day out for the family. The atmosphere onshore as the teams compete is an experience not to be missed and we encourage everyone to join us for a great couple days at one of Dubai’s favourite water sports events.”

Bernice Boshoff, General Manager of Festival Centre, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the fifth annual Dubai Festival City Dragon Boating Festival this April. We have seen this community event grow from strength to strength and are looking forward to welcoming back the UAE Dragon Boating competitors to Festival Marina for what promises to be a fun filled weekend, with activities both on and off the water.”

A Belgian Garden Cafe will be organized by the Belgian Beer Cafe at Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City during the two days of the festival, with premium Belgian beverages and delicious hearty food on offer. The Dragon Boat after-race party will be hosted at the Belgian Garden Cafe on Friday 6th April.

Yannis Anagnostakis, Area General Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group Dubai Festival City, said: “We’re very proud to be supporting the fifth Dubai Festival City Dragon Boat Festival again, which promises to be a fantastic day for all involved. We are very keen to be involved in events that support the community and we’re sure the Belgian Garden Café will provide a chance for everyone to come together and enjoy this special day.”

Dragon Boating is a thrilling water sport full of adrenaline, sportsmanship, strategy and technique. A true celebration of camaraderie, building self-confidence, healthy and active living and the spirit of team work!

Matthew Bate, Director of Operations for Mourjan Marinas IGY, the operator of Festival Marina said: “We are very proud of this event and of its growing popularity within our community. It is important for us to play a fundamental part of the community we are a part of and to make sure that we are offering more than just a marina.”

Festival Marina is a unique yachting destination in Dubai. Located at the heart of Dubai Festival City, on the banks of historic Dubai Creek, Festival Marina forms part of the retail resort Festival Centre and Marina Restaurant Pavilion to offer convenient access to the wider range of entertainment, shopping and eating options overlooking the Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road skyline and creek.

The Mediterranean inspired Festival Marina encompasses 74 permanent berths with state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate 15 to 35 metre yachts. The custom-designed marina has a number of special features including extra wide pontoons, a helicopter pad and WiFi.

Overlooking Festival Marina, Festival Centre has become a major attraction for the yachting circuit. The retail resort is home to over 370 shops and 85 restaurants and cafés, a 12 screen Grand Festival Cinemas complex and Bowling City. The waterfront promenade links Festival Marina to the world renowned InterContinental and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City and Events Centre, all with prime waterfront views over Festival Marina, Dubai Creek and the city’s skyline.

For more information or to enter a team in the Dubai Festival City Dragon Boat Festival please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +971 4 453 4620.


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