A legend of the Dubai social scene is to close down at the end of the year.
Reports emerged this week suggesting the Dubai Marina Yacht Club would shut its doors in November. However Time Out have learned that while redevelopment is certainly in the offing, it will not begin until January once all lifestyle, food and beverage, and commercial amenities cease to operate.
The initial report in EDGAR Magazine revealed the infamous site on the Sheikh Zayed Road side of the Marina will be home to a new 'world-class yacht club' as part of a hotel, before they speculated it potentially could be a Rove, the new boutique hospitality brand from Emaar.
Following Edgar's story, Time Out Dubai reached out to Emaar about the news and were given the same quote by a spokesman.
It said: "Emaar is developing a new hospitality concept that will also feature a world-class yacht club in the current location of Dubai Marina Yacht Club in Dubai Marina.
“Work on the project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2017. As part of this exciting new development, Dubai Marina Yacht Club will only provide marina-related services to its berth holders but from a different office in The Address Dubai Marina hotel after January 2017. Visitors can also enjoy all charter services as normal with the bookings to be made from the new office.
“All club-related services and the operations of lifestyle, F&B and commercial amenities at the existing facility will be discontinued from January.”
Closure of the legendary venue will mean a goodbye to one of Dubai's most popular night brunches, as well as YOTS Sports Lounge, Aquara and 25°55° Cafe Bistro.