When you think of Dubai’s Mina Seyahi area, which translates as ‘Port of Travellers’, you think of two things: Le Meridien’s Barasti Bar and one of Dubai’s oldest and most respected clubs, The Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). The DIMC has for years provided a safe, secure and exclusive home for local and expat boat owners with its 300-capacity electricity and water-equipped berthing area on the marina.
From the grit and glamour of the Louis Vuitton Trophy to the stunning, and traditionally and historically significant, Al Gaffal Dhow Race, DIMC hosts a number of top class events throughout the year.
The main focus is now about opening up to the public, as well as attracting more members to the Water Sports Club at the very end of the property, which has a very lazily-relaxed feel about it with a pool, a chilled barasti-type beach bar and beach-side seating.
CAPACITY: The marina has 300 berths, while the Water Sports Club currently holds about 100 boats, but both are set to expand.
FACILITIES: 300-berth marina, events hall, Water Sports Club, and more on the way, including a restaurant and lounge, more berths and enhanced Water Sports Club facilities. There are also craning facilities, a slipway, re-fuelling services, a helipad and a workshop.
MEMBERSHIP: Dh3,000 – singles; Dh5,000 – family.
This is the sort of place that people come down and spend their weekends at, meet with their friends and relax. There is a huge emphasis on re-introducing and keeping alive local boat sports and DIMC are trying hard to attract people to the club. DIMC’s got a prime location, next to it, the attractive and airy two-storey Mina Seyahi Hall is open for member and non-member hire for all sorts of formal and informal public and private events. It is a club that has massive potential and should be appreciated more by the community.