Sunreef Yachts opens new shipyard in the United Arab Emirates


Construction has begun on Sunreef Yachts’ new shipyard in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The Polish shipbuilder has partnered with marine free zone and harbour, Ras Al Khaimah Maritime City on the project.

The shipyard said the new facility is part of its global expansion strategy to strengthen the company’s presence in the Middle East, Asian and Australian markets.

We couldn’t have hoped for a better location to pursue our journey in shaping a greener future for yachting,” said Francis Lapp, founder and president, Sunreef Yachts. “I would like to thank the Ras Al Khaimah Government for their invaluable support in making this dream possible and I look forward to building a better future for yachting here.”

Located to the northeast of Dubai, the 65,000msq (16 acres) Ras Al Khaimah facility (pictured) will include painting, carpentry, upholstery and steel workshops. The first manufacturing sheds are already nearing completion.

Sunreef Yachts added that Ras Al Khaimah Maritime City is the ideal partner for the project due to its Free Zone incentives. These include full tax exemption, no customs duties for import-export exchange, access to the local skilled labour market and support from local authorities.

Sheikh Saqr bin Saud Al Qasimi said the Emirate is growing its capacity across a multitude of sectors to develop a strong and stable economic system. “And with that in mind, we look forward to highlighting Ras Al Khaimah’s offering, in a bid to attract more international companies to locate here, thrive and expand into global markets,” he said.

Sunreef Yachts has also opened a new office in Dubai located in Palm Jumeirah.