Abu Dhabi, 20th November 2014 – ART MARINE, the region’s largest and best-known 360-degree leisure marine enterprise, is pleased to announce the opening of Abu Dhabi’s first high-end marine leisure boutique at the prestigious Emirates Palace Hotel as part of its UAE expansion strategy. Having successfully managed the Emirates Palace Marina for the last three years, they have now been appointed for a further three year tenure. The boutique, focused on the iconic Riva brand – part of the Italian Ferretti Group – and located alongside the exclusive Marina, is the result of boat owner requests made specifically to the Emirates Palace Management, including new yacht purchases, technical maintenance, and everything from valeting services to marine products and fishing equipment.
ART MARINE, the 100% owned portfolio company of “The Abraaj Group”, appointed CEO Gregor Stinner in June 2013 to reinstate stardom prestige, credibility and presence in the market and this opening is a further testament to his success in building a legacy. Gregor Stinner commented: “With expanding our footprint in the United Arab Emirates, we complement our growing international reach, which stretches as far afield as China. Emirates Palace is the most exclusive and prestigious of the UAE marinas and we are honored to provide the VIP yachtsmen moored there with a unique concept showroom to answer all their needs. Continuing a successful month with the Qatar International Boat Show, we are delighted to end the year with this momentous landmark in the company’s on-going expansion and evolution”.
The boutique will not only focus on luxury brand yachts sales, but also offer to the marina berth holders and yacht owners a well diversified chandlery, as well as valet and maintenance service, warranting 360 degree leisure yachting services to ultimately take care of their precious yachts. It will also stock Williams tenders, for which ART MARINE are the exclusive distributor and dealer in the UAE and Qatar. The store’s modern wooden exterior is characterised by clean design lines and sail shaped sun shades. The interior decoration has a classical nautical theme, with wooden boat decking and sketches of iconic Riva yachts on the wall.
ART MARINE is an exclusive dealer for different brands of the Ferretti Group: Riva and Itama are represented in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, meanwhile Ferretti Yachts, Pershing and Mochi Craft are represented in Bahrain and Oman.
Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, the Italian company leader in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor yachts, added: “ART MARINE could not have chosen a better suited location for a new showroom than Emirates Palace Marina, which overlooking a private bay affords unprecedented luxury in the heart of Abu Dhabi, whilst catering to the capital’s sailing enthusiasts. The UAE is an important market for the Ferretti Group and we are thrilled that our exclusive dealer ART MARINE has secured this inspiring destination to showcase our globally recognized Italian brands, which boasts passion, innovation and excellence.”
Emirates Palace Marina Boutique Showroom will primarily be focused on the iconic and high-end luxury brand Riva, a shipyard that celebrated its 172th Anniversary and that is known to be the favorite brand and the choice of many royals, movie stars, celebrities and VIPs. It is a name in the yachting industry that is synonymous with elegance and luxury. The concept design of the Boutique Showroom will embody the unmistakable Riva ‘Dolce Vita’ spirit, with craftsmanship, innovation and unmatchable quality. ART MARINE aims to bring this kind of jet-set luxury lifestyle to the nation’s capital with Ferretti Group’s halo brand Riva.