MB92 Group, the refit, repair and maintenance company, is set to partner with Saudi Arabia to establish a 10,000 square metre yacht repair centre at ‘Sindalah’, an exclusive luxury island resort opening in 2024 in Neom.
Sindalah is part of the ‘megacity’ planned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, currently being constructed in the northwestern Tabuk Province. Said to cost $500bn, Sindalah is a purpose-built tourism destination.
The partnership is said to be the first of several yacht repair centres planned for Neom. There is an anticipated growth of both visiting and resident yachts in the coming years in Saudi Arabia, as the region continues to place itself as a luxury tourism destination.
It was reported in June that BWA Yachting, the Superyacht concierge and maritime agency, is setting up an office at Sindalah. It was also revealed that IGY Marinas is partnering with Neom to develop and operate the marina at Sindalah.
The new facility is set to provide yacht owners and crew travelling to the region with the access to the experience of MB92 in handling the specific repair needs of Superyachts. According to the group, the new repair centre aims to ‘prioritise sustainable development will ‘prioritise sustainable development within its design, processes and equipment.’
Neom Islands executive director Aayush Killa says:
“Teaming up with MB92 Group reflects our commitment to becoming a distinctive yachting destination. This venture embodies our dedication to delivering world-class infrastructure and services to support yachts visiting the Red Sea.”Aayush Killa, Neom Islands Executive Director
MB92 Group chairman, Pepe García-Aubert, adds:
“We are extremely excited to be a part of the remarkable Neom project and embrace the opportunity that this partnership represents.Pepe García-Aubert, MB92 Group chairman
“We envision this as merely the beginning of a lasting and meaningful collaboration, allowing us to provide the local yachting community with a world-class refit and repair service in this incredibly beautiful region with so much to offer.”
Operations will start with a range of services that include onboard electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic system repairs. The centre aims to welcome yachts of all sizes for in-water repairs and maintenance and will extend its expertise to vessels of up to 40 metres in length for dry dock operations.
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