afrol News, 2 July - The Kenyan city of Mombasa is setting up East Africa's first-ever luxury marina. The giant project, developed by a consortium of Kenyan investors, is to open in 2012.
Works on the EnglishPoint Marina in Mombasa, Kenya's second city and main port, started in June. The projected investment costs are set at US$ 50 million, with Kenyan investors standing behind the entire project.
The marina is being built at the English Point Creek, a beautifully placed undeveloped peninsula facing Mombasa's historic Fort Jesus and old centre. Developers promise a "spectacular waterfront" view across the creek to historic Mombasa's skyline.
Mombasa born brothers Alnoor and Amyn Kanji acquired English Point some years ago, recognising "its unique location and untapped potential." They planned to build a resort "to the highest international standards" and were able to catch other Kenyan investors' interest in the "landmark development."
The new marina was designed by London-based Broadway Malyan architects. It is to include a hotel, a holiday apartment complex, conference facilities, restaurants, a casino, swimming pools, a spa and gym centre, shopping facilities, a water sports centre, underground car parking and of course the marina itself.
The developers hope that this new high-end tourist destination in Mombasa will attract fur
Construction of a show home at the EnglishPoint Marina in Mombasa, Kenya
ther investments and activities for the locality and city. Mr Kanji already foresees international boat races, fishing competitions and luxury charter services to other East African locations.
In Kenya, media are hailing the project that according to 'The Standard' will be "transformative" for the city and tourist destination Mombasa. The marina would "put Kenya on the map of the huge luxury boating markets in the Mediterranean region. It will place Kenya at par with countries such as Egypt, Dubai, South Africa and the Far East," the newspaper predicts.
The major project is already well advanced. The Kanji brothers completed construction of the Show Home in June; at the same time as main developments started. These works were launched by Kenyan Tourism Minister Najib Balala, hailing the project as a "landmark" achievement towards the country's tourism 2030 vision.
Kenya already is a major African tourist destination, but lack a luxury marina. The construction of the EnglishPoint Marina comes as Africa is among the strongest growing tourist destination regions and analysts foresee Africa having the strongest growth potential in the upcoming decade.
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