Charged with the management of The Pearl-Qatar’s three world-class marinas, Ronautica Middle East (RME), a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Development Company (UDC), stages a number of water activities for the public, capitalising on The Pearl-Qatar’s waterside location and upscale marina services.
RME General Manager, Steve Stiglbauer, said:
We at Ronautica encourage various sporting activities and offer a perfect mix of water sports venue and high-end facilities…These activities play an important part in improving human health, developing relationships with others and strengthening bonds between people of different cultures…With its pleasant waters, safe beaches and world-class equipment, The Pearl-Qatar represents an ideal location for those types of water activities.’
Developed by United Development Company (UDC), The Pearl-Qatar is a unique and innovative urban development in Doha, Qatar. A masterpiece of private and modern living on an Island spanning over 4 million square-meters of land, it offers a tailored range of residential solutions to meet the highest of standards available in the Gulf. The island is located 350 meters offshore of Doha’s prestigious West Bay District and is one of the largest real-estate developments in the GCC. A fully owned subsidiary of UDC, Ronautica Middle East has become a trusted name in marina management and nautical services establishing itself as an authority in the marine industry, spearheading Qatar’s luxury boating business.
The Open Water Paddling monthly series held from January 2014 until June 2014 is one of the avenues to relax and enjoy the Island’s waterfront aspect, creating an exciting sport ambiance for residents of all ages. Every third Friday of each month is now transformed into an awesome day of standup paddling, kayaking and water skiing, not to forget an enjoyable beach time for families and onlookers.
Stand up paddling is a rapidly growing new sport. It offers fun, fitness and a fabulously scenic way to get around on the water. Races are set in the picturesque waterways and beach of the colourful Qanat Quartier where the water is flat, making it perfect to practice and race.
While paddling is considered a low impact sport, drag racing represents a tougher and more competitive form of exercise which is entertaining to practice or watch from Porto Arabia’s Boardwalk. A five-round series, the Qatar Drag Race Championship is regularly hosted by The Pearl-Qatar and attracts the cream of the Qatar and the Gulf’s aqua bike racers in four different categories: Stock, Super Stock, Open and Freestyle.
In a move aimed at engaging its marina clients, Ronautica Middle East has also designed activities targeting berth holders. These include a fishing tournament scheduled for 12 April 2014 and a boat trip on 25 April 2014. The fishing contest will see fishing enthusiasts compete over catching the heaviest, longest and rarest fish in separate categories ending the day with valuable prizes and a full fish container to take back home for dinner.
A boating enthusiast himself, RME Harbor Master, Adel Al Muhannadi recognises that boating, fishing and other water sports are fun in their own right. He said:
Following the positive responses we have been receiving from our marina clients, Ronautica is planning to launch an exciting new yacht club format and to open and operate two major fuel piers to better satisfy current berth holders and to aid in attracting new clients.’
In the week following the fishing contest, all berth holders will be invited to sail their boats, of ten meters and larger, and travel together as a group to an offshore island, Shrao’h Island, 65 km SE of Doha, to enjoy sandy beaches and some good company with other high-spirited boaters.