SailGP Makes a Comeback in Dubai with the Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix in December

The event, scheduled for December 9-10, 2023, marks the return of SailGP to Dubai, featuring Emirates Airline as the new title partner and the return of presenting partner P&O Marinas, following a sold-out inaugural year. The substantial investments made by both Emirates and P&O Marinas underscore their ongoing commitment to transforming Dubai into a premier sports and entertainment destination. Together, they aim to harness the distinctive appeal of sailing, creating exceptional experiences across various facets of this sport.

Tickets are available for purchase now for the Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix, presented by P&O Marinas, in collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council. This event guarantees thrilling stadium racing paired with Dubai’s signature luxury hospitality. Building on the success of their partnership at the France Sail Grand Prix in Saint-Tropez in September 2023, Nikki Beach Resorts & Spa Dubai is set to infuse Dubai Sail Grand Prix with their renowned celebratory atmosphere, offering an exclusive fan experience at the vibrant Mina Rashid venue.

The addition of Dubai as the sixth stop in Season 4 sets a new record for SailGP, with a total of 13 events, marking the most extensive calendar in the league’s history. Enthusiastic fans will have the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring F50 foiling catamarans in action, racing mere meters from the shoreline and against the backdrop of Dubai’s iconic landmarks at the spectacular Mina Rashid venue.

The upcoming Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix is poised to deliver the same cutting-edge racing excitement that captivated fans during the sold-out event in 2022. This year, world-class teams hailing from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States will fiercely compete for the coveted title. The Dubai event is well on its way to establishing itself as a recurring highlight in Dubai Sail Grand Prix highly successful global championship, renowned for its thrilling close-to-shore stadium racing hosted at iconic venues spanning the globe. These venues include Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Bermuda, Cadiz, Chicago, Halifax, Los Angeles, New York, Saint-Tropez, Sydney, San Francisco, and Taranto.

Russell Coutts, the CEO of SailGP, expressed his enthusiasm, saying:

“We are thrilled to announce the return of SailGP to Dubai, where both P&O Marinas and Emirates call home. Following our successful inaugural event last year, this return to Dubai aligns perfectly with our ambitions to further expand the sport’s footprint in the UAE. With the support of two exceptional partners, we are eagerly anticipating the Dubai event, which promises to draw an even larger audience to the race stadium at Mina Rashid.”

Adnan Kazim, the Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates, commented:

“For nearly two decades, Emirates has been a steadfast supporter of the sport of sailing. Therefore, it brings us immense pride to welcome SailGP to our hometown, Dubai, and establish the city as a permanent fixture on the league’s calendar. We eagerly anticipate witnessing thrilling racing action and a bustling waterfront in just a few months’ time.

Our collaboration with Dubai Sail Grand Prix underscores Emirates’ dedication to enhancing Dubai’s stature as a hub for sporting excellence and a premier destination for top-tier sporting events, boasting world-class facilities and iconic venues. We are confident that this event will once again resonate with the vibrant and diverse communities in Dubai, with teams representing up to 10 countries expected to compete.”

Hamza Mustafa, the Chief Operating Officer at P&O Marinas, expressed his excitement:

“SailGP is making its triumphant return to Dubai! We are absolutely delighted to host this thrilling international sailing event at Mina Rashid Marina, a location that epitomizes everything maritime. Our partnership underscores our unwavering commitment to establishing Dubai as a preeminent maritime hub and a global hotspot for sailing and yachting enthusiasts. With our cutting-edge berth infrastructure and exceptional hospitality offerings, this year’s event promises to be an unforgettable experience for all. We eagerly await the spectacle of world-class athletes competing in a high-profile race that will undoubtedly leave spectators breathless.”

Mina Rashid will provide fans with an electrifying front-row seat to witness the high-speed F50 catamarans soaring through the water at breakneck speeds. Spanning two days and featuring five thrilling races, this event will see ten national teams battling for crucial points, ultimately culminating in a nail-biting final showdown to determine the event’s overall champion among the top three teams.

For those eager to immerse themselves in the exhilaration of the Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix, presented by P&O Marinas, taking place on December 9-10, all the necessary information and ticket purchases can be found at Tickets are currently available for purchase, so don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this unforgettable experience.

Waterfront Grandstand – Get Closer to the Action

Get ready to witness high-speed water action like never before, from a vantage point just under 50 meters away from the heart of the racecourse. The Waterfront Grandstand offers prime seating within the official spectator area, complete with oversized screens broadcasting the race in real-time and live race commentary.

As a guest in the Waterfront Grandstand, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to the Race Stadium. Here, you can indulge in a variety of delectable food and beverage options, engage with exciting fan activities, and explore merchandise stands to grab souvenirs that commemorate this thrilling event. 

Introducing the Premier Waterfront Grandstand, Presented by Nikki Beach Resorts & Spa Dubai

New for 2023! Immerse yourself in the exhilaration of the world’s most thrilling water racing, coupled with the high-energy, iconic ambiance of the renowned Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai. In an exciting partnership with SailGP for the second time, the globally famous Nikki Beach will join forces to bring you an exclusive lounge experience right at the heart of the high-speed action.

Here’s what awaits you at the Premier Waterfront Grandstand –

  • Upgraded grandstand seating, offering prime views of the racecourse, accompanied by large screens for live race broadcasts.
  • A premium Nikki Beach lounge where you can unwind and savor signature culinary delights and beverages, all while enjoying the sounds of Nikki Beach Dubai’s resident DJs.
  • Priority parking and a dedicated entrance lane for swift event access.
  • Exclusive access to the Race Stadium area, where you’ll discover fan shops and engaging activations.

Explore the Action with Team Base Tours

Join an exclusive Team Base Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at SailGP. Experience a guided tour of the ‘pit lane garages’ where the elite athletes and shore teams prepare the cutting-edge F50 race boats. This rare opportunity allows you to get up close and personal with SailGP’s top-tier athletes and the state-of-the-art wing-sailed boats as they gear up for intense competition at Mina Rashid.

Bring Your Own Boat

For the ultimate perspective on the racing action, bring your own boat and secure the SailGP BYOB flag for the best vantage point right along the racecourse perimeter, at the heart of the action. Enjoy exclusive access on both days of racing, complete with live race commentary via VHF. Please note that boats without the SailGP BYOB flag will be positioned at least 200 meters behind the designated flag-bearing boats.

Dubai Sail Grand Prix Adrenaline Yachts

In collaboration with leading marine services agency BWA Yachting and P&O Marinas, SailGP Adrenaline Yachts offers an unparalleled experience for superyacht enthusiasts. Enjoy the prime view of the racing from the course boundary at Mina Rashid. Members will also receive exclusive access to SailGP’s event, ensuring an extraordinary and unparalleled experience of the most thrilling water racing event.

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