Oman Sailing Tourism Riding ‘The Wave’.

The 2010 Extreme Sailing Series was won by ‘The Wave – Muscat’. The blue boat was seen by thousands of people watching the series at the events and hundreds of thousands more on multiple media platforms. It’s hard to imagine a better way to promote a state of the art marina facility.

Dubai-based marina developer, Mourjan Marinas IGY will develop and manage the luxury marina facility in Muscat, Oman, to ensure it becomes one of the region’s top yachting lifestyle destinations.

The Wave, Muscat, is the first integrated resort and residential development to be undertaken in the greater Muscat region and brings with it beautiful properties, a Greg Norman-designed golf course, five-star hotels and a host of new retail, leisure and dining opportunities all situated along a 7km seafront address. At the heart of The Wave, Muscat, lies the 400 plus berth marina, a vibrant destination that will offer a breathtaking setting for sailing enthusiasts whilst providing an integrated marina lifestyle for its new residents.

Michael Horrigan, CEO of Mourjan Marinas IGY, said:

‘We are proud to be a part of what is a very exciting project in Muscat and continuing our rapid growth in this region which is fast becoming one of the leading destinations for marina developments and waterfront living in the world. What is so appealing about this initiative is the opportunity it offers Mourjan Marinas IGY to support the overall goal of Oman to create a world-class sailing boat industry. We are delighted to be entrusted with such a vital project that will allow us to bring our expertise and knowledge of the market to deliver on what will be one of the region’s leading marinas.’

Mourjan Marinas IGY’s management role with The Wave, Muscat, will see the Dubai-based company provide every level of support from design through to development support and optimizing the marina for operations. Mourjan Marinas IGY will then fully manage and operate the facility and will oversee the regional and global marketing of the facility.

Michael Lenarduzzi, CEO of The Wave, Muscat said:

‘This agreement is a testament to our commitment to not only building the ultimate home and lifestyle destination in the heart of the capital, but to bolster the nation’s thriving tourism industry. The Marina will most certainly complement our existing standards of living as we position Oman as a distinguished yachting and sailing centre that would compete within the global luxury boating circuit. Our strategic partnership with Mourjan Marinas IGY brings a wealth of expertise through a clear focus on hospitality and a proven track record in managing Marinas in some of the world’s top waterfront developments. We will also benefit from the wide range of services and solutions they offer in marina development and operations to set new standards for the scope and quality of our mixed-use development.’

Muscat will host the opening round of the new look, international Extreme Sailing Series in February 2011.