World’s first emissions-free yacht The Icon arrives at Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah is welcoming The Icon, a 13.5 metre, 100 per cent sustainable watercraft that has been brought to life by Design by Designworks, a subsidiary of the BMW Group, and German tech start-up, Tyde

An invite-only experience, the yacht can be experienced with a luxury cruise from the D-Marin Marsa Al Arab Marina, exclusively for residents staying in the Malakiya Villas at Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, the presidential or Royal suites at the resort’s four hotels, or Jumeirah One members.

The arrival of The Icon is the latest in Madinat Jumeirah’s environmental initiatives, which also include the cherished Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, an educational and environmental initiative in which turtles are nurtured back to good health and reintroduced to the wild.

The world’s first inaugural battery-powered, emissions-free yacht, The Icon emits zero noise or pollution. Its chic, cutting-edge design offers an immersive experience with 360-views of the ocean from a twenty-one square meter lounge-like interior, adorned with blue and gold, reinforcing Jumeirah’s reputation for creating ultra-luxurious, one-of-a-kind experiences.

“Madinat Jumeirah has always been at the forefront of blending unique luxury hospitality with a profound commitment to preserving beaches, wildlife, and the environment at large,” says Christoph Ballin, managing director of Tyde. “We align closely with these values and are privileged and delighted to lend our support.”

Using leading technology to combine climate-friendly mobility, the vessel operates with up to 80 per cent energy savings compared to conventional yachts, while maintaining a luxurious ride experience. A true display of innovation and craftsmanship, despite reaching a top speed of 30 knots (55 km/h), 50 nautical miles range (>90 km) at 24 knots (46 km/h), the yacht glides silently over the water. The Icon’s only output is an orchestrated suite of ambient sounds and music, composed by Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer, Hanz Zimmer.

Peter Roth, regional vice president Madinat Jumeirah and general manager Jumeirah Al Qasr said, “It is an honour to welcome The Icon to the waters of Madinat Jumeirah […]. Environmentally conscious, beautifully designed, and unforgettable – The Icon embodies many of the traits we strive for at Madinat Jumeirah, and we are thrilled to be able to offer our guests the exciting opportunity to witness this spectacular marrying of cutting-edge design and sustainability.”

Alex Rodionov, Managing Director The Silent Power commented: “We are delighted to have found a visionary partner in Madinat Jumeirah to offer this innovative and unique hospitality experience to guests in Dubai.”

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