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Marbella's €400 million Port Al Thani Marina... the shape of things to come

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  June 30th, 2011

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Hailed by mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, as “an emblematic work that will lay the foundations for a new city model and act as an engine of economic development for the entire coast”, the recent announcement that a staggering €400 million is about to be spent on the expansion of Marbella’s La Bajadilla Port, has to be the biggest shot in the arm in the town’s 60-year history as one of the world’s leading international destinations.

The ambitious project, however, goes a whole lot further than merely creating a second Puerto Banús, because reminiscent of the iconic yacht harbours of the UAE, the plan is to build “the most important marina anywhere on the Mediterranean Coast”.

Led by Qatari sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani – coincidentally the owner and president of Málaga Football Club since 2010 – the Nasir Bin Abdullah & Sons Consortium behind the Port Al Thani scheme also includes Marbella Town Hall, which has a 3% stake in the project. All the companies involved in the scheme will be Spanish, including well-known architects Estudio Segui and engineering firm Berenguer Ingenieros.

Work could begin early next year, and it’s estimated that the project will create 1,500 much-needed direct jobs plus an additional 3,000 indirect posts. An initial investment of €84 million will include extending the existing wharf to enable cruise ships to tie-up alongside, while further plans envisage both a 5-star hotel and luxury shopping mall. Once completed – and according to some reports that could be as soon as 2015 – the scheme will feature a stunning 900 metre circular pier as well as berths for an additional 500 yachts, plus an underground car park. Other plans are currently also in the pipeline to rehouse the unsightly ‘La Ermita’ industrial estate and to redevelop the whole area.

The tide is indeed about to turn, not only for Marbella itself but for the entire Costa del Sol!

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  1. And we will hear about Málaga eveyday next year as we have now a Champions leage football team, this man has spended 32 million Euros already in football players and new Quatar Stadium to be built in Guadalmar.

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  2. And we will hear about Málaga eveyday next year as we have now a Champions leage football team, this man has spended 32 million Euros already in football players and new Quatar Stadium to be built in Guadalmar.

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  3. I think more Europa League than Champions League; one step at a time JC!!!

    But brilliant news about Marbella Port; yet more good news coming from the Costa del Sol

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  4. I think more Europa League than Champions League; one step at a time JC!!!

    But brilliant news about Marbella Port; yet more good news coming from the Costa del Sol

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  5. hans friederici July 12, 2011 12:49 pm

    Its about time that we here on the coast have some positive news, this new project will only secure Marbella as the number one destination in Europe. Once the project has started it is only logical that all the prices of properties in this area will benefit.The only problem I have at the moment is that the beaches are full, the wine is cold and being summer the golf coures are cheaper and empty ….I have to say it can’t get any better.

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    • Has this project started yet?

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      • Carolyn Mowlem June 19, 2014 1:08 pm

        Hi Jan, Work on the project has been delayed, but a post dated 6 June 2014 on the althaniportmarbella.com website reports that: according to Marbella’s tourism councillor, José Luis Hernández, “Today, there is no reason whatsoever to think that the Sheikh will not continue with the expansion of the Bajadilla port since he has until September to present the draft implementation and works management projects.”

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  6. hans friederici July 12, 2011 12:49 pm

    Its about time that we here on the coast have some positive news, this new project will only secure Marbella as the number one destination in Europe. Once the project has started it is only logical that all the prices of properties in this area will benefit.The only problem I have at the moment is that the beaches are full, the wine is cold and being summer the golf coures are cheaper and empty ….I have to say it can’t get any better.

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  7. Thats fantastic news Marbella needs development like this. Costa del
    Sol is a great place but is a dated and with developments like this it will only get better When will this building commence and end?

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  8. Thats fantastic news Marbella needs development like this. Costa del
    Sol is a great place but is a dated and with developments like this it will only get better When will this building commence and end?

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  11. Great news for Spain and even better news for Marbella – just what is needed, a real positive approach and attitude towards the future. Roll on 2015.

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  12. Great news for Spain and even better news for Marbella – just what is needed, a real positive approach and attitude towards the future. Roll on 2015.

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  13. My overall comment on this project is that this surely will attract more visitors to the coast . It will help with unemployment and will create more revenue for spain. Spain is a beautiful country and there is so much scope for improvement it already attracts so many visitors so surely with more improvements around the coast would not only benefit the tourists but would surely have a beneficial impact on the Costa del Sol.

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