We are thrilled to announce the resounding success of the Abu Dhabi Maritime Awards.  The Awards ceremony, brought together industry professionals, leading organisations, and influential stakeholders to celebrate excellence within marinas across the Middle East North Africa and Türkiye.

Awards were presented across various categories, including service, sustainability, safety, environment and operational prowess, creating a platform to honour those who have raised the bar, and give well-deserved recognition for their outstanding achievements.

Building upon the success of the inaugural edition, all eyes are now set on the highly anticipated 2024 Abu Dhabi Maritime Awards. The upcoming year promises to be even more captivating, showcasing the industry’s brightest talents and inspiring new levels of excellence. Stay tuned for updates and further information on the 2024 Abu Dhabi Maritime Awards

Abu Dhabi Maritime Awards created by Abu Dhabi Maritime, the custodian and regulator of Abu Dhabi’s waterways, the Abu Dhabi Maritime Awards is an initiative designed to showcase and reward marinas setting the benchmark for excellence and success.

The Winners

  Best in Environment
Ayla Marina, Jordan

Runner Up: Marina Smir, Morocco

  Best in Practice
Aldar Marina, Abu Dhabi

Runner Up: D Marin, Dubai UAE

  Best in Safety
Ayla Marina, Jordan

Runner Up: Royal Yacht Club of Ras Al Khaimah, RAK, UAE

  Best in Service
Dubai Creek Marina, Dubai UAE

Runner Up: D Marin, Dubai UAE

  Best in Sustainability
Jeddah Yacht Club & Marina, Saudi Arabia

Runner Up: Gocek Marina, Turkey

  Best Overall
D Marin Turgutreis, Turkey

Runner Up: joint position ; Royal Yacht Club of Ras AL Khaimah, RAK, UAE & Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 Popular Marina
Mangrove / Dalma Marine


Abu Dhabi Maritime is the guardian of Abu Dhabi’s waters, and supports the advancement of Abu Dhabi’s maritime domain by creating an environment that upholds the highest levels of health, safety and efficiency.

Operating under AD Ports Group, with guidance from the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), Abu Dhabi Maritime is dedicated to achieving its mission of positioning Abu Dhabi as a leading global maritime capital.



The Six award categories are as follows:
Best in Environment
The ‘Best in Environment Award’ recognises the marina that demonstrates exceptional commitment to environmental conservation, water quality and management, waste management, coastal habitat conservation, environmental education and outreach, community engagement, and innovation and leadership in promoting environmental best practices.
Best in Practice
The ‘Best in Practice Award’ recognises the marina that showcases innovation and creativity, operational efficiency, exceptional customer experience, service, safety and security measures, environmental sustainability practices, training and professional development, community engagement, regulatory compliance, stakeholder collaboration, and a commitment to measurable results and continuous improvement.
Best in Safety
The ‘Best in Safety Award’ recognises the marina that demonstrates outstanding commitment to safety policies and procedures, infrastructure safety, safety equipment provision, training and education, emergency response preparedness, environmental safety, security measures, compliance with regulations, and incident management and prevention.
Best in Service
The ‘Best in Service Award’ recognises the marina that excels in customer satisfaction, effective communication, dock assistance, amenities and facilities, maintenance and repairs, concierge services, professionalism and expertise, feedback and continuous improvement, and a strong reputation for exceptional service.
Best in Sustainability
The ‘Best in Sustainability Award’ recognises the marina that demonstrates exceptional dedication to pioneering efforts in sustainability, renewable energy usage, waste management, water conservation, education and outreach, sustainable infrastructure, social responsibility, continuous improvement, and industry leadership in promoting sustainability.
Best Overall Marina
The ‘Best Overall Marina’ award recognises the marina that demonstrates exemplary leadership by creating visionary goals, mission and values with well-defined strategies based on internal, external analysis and benchmarking. This marina manages processes, operations and resources efficiently, and has established clear KPIs for financial and operational performance to meet and exceeds expectations of stakeholders.


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    Captain Mike Fetton
    Dear Abu Dhabi, Maritime Awards. I am writing to extend my heartfelt gratitude for the honor of being invited to serve as a judge for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Maritime Awards Marina Edition.  It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to participate in such a prestigious event that celebrates excellence in marinas.
    Please allow me to congratulate and thank you for organizing the Abu Dhabi boat show, the Abu Dhabi Maritime Award – Marina edition, and for hosting us.   It is with immense pride and gratitude that I stood before you, on behalf of Ayla, to accept the Abu Dhabi Maritime Awards for the Best in Environment and Best in Safety.
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    Director of Marinas,
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    Director of Revenue & Business
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    The Abu Dhabi Maritime Awards is overseen by a panel of industry experts from distinguished organisations and regulatory bodies from across the region with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise.


    Capt. Salmeen Alhammadi
    Head of Business Development Emirates Classification Society
    Captain Saif Al Mheiri
    Managing Director
    Abu Dhabi Maritime
    Gunther Alvarado
    Chief Operating Officer
    Al Seer Marine
    Patricia Caswell
    General Manager
    Gulf Craft Services
    Capt. Michael Fetton
    Managing Director
    JLS Yachts
    Farrokh Golchin
    Managing Director
    StratConn LLC
    Richard Haws
    Senior Director for Marinas
    Red Sea Global


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