Kenya is expected to be put on the world map in 2017 when a Mombasa hotel unveils its Sh350 million Marina.
A marina is a specially designed harbour for small boats and yachts and may have refueling, washing and repair facilities.
The marina the first of its kind in East Africa is expected to attract luxury yachts from across the world bringing the billionaire owners to Mombasa.
According to EnglishPoint Marina owner, Alnoor Kanji, hotels with marinas on the African continent can only be found in South Africa, Egypt and the Seychelles.
He says his marina which is being built by a British firm was initially to be opened this year, but it was delayed by construction and engineering challenges.
When the construction of the marina is completed next year, he said it would have a parking capacity of between 50 and 60 yachts.
The boats which can be parked at the local marina range between six metres and 30 metres long.
“When the yachts cruise to Mombasa they have to anchor in the sea as there are no facilities for parking boats,” he said.
“As a result, the yacht owners must keep the engines running while the vessels are anchored in the ocean.”
Mr Kanji said the construction of his marina was progressing well, adding that it would be completed next year.
He added that the facility has already attracted interest from yacht owners from around the world who are set to cruise to Mombasa when the marina is opened for use.
Apart from the parking of the yachts, he said the marina would provide water, electricity, refueling facilities and waste disposal.
“Yachts are like small hotels as they have rooms, kitchen, lounge, air conditioners among other amenities tailored to serve well-off people,” he said.
Mr Kanji added that the hotel was targeting high-end boat owners for them to come to Mombasa for holidays.
“We want to turn Mombasa into a tourism hub such as Monte Carlo in Monaco which attracts large number of super-yachts owned by global billionaires,” he said.
Mr Kanji thanked the government for offering the marina property a recognition of being among the Vision 2030 flagship projects.
He said the marina would boost tourism in Mombasa and help revive the industry.
Some of the notable owners of luxury yachts in the world include Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who owns four super-yachts.
One of Mr Abramovich’s yachts christened Eclipse which was made in Germany is worth 1.5 billion Sterling Pounds .
The 557ft mega-yacht is the second largest yacht in the world and it features a mini-submarine, two swimming pools, 30 cabins, two helicopter pads and a missile defence system.
Mr Abramovich’s incredible yacht can accommodate 36 guests in comfort and boasts a cinema, conference facilities, children’s playroom, beauty salon, dance floor and sauna.
His other yachts are the Pelorus, (377ft), the Ecstasea (282ft) and the Sussurro which is 161ft.
The world’s largest super-yacht 590ft Azzam is believed to be owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates.