View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Monday, September 28, 2009

Will Al Hamra Island be Ready for the America’s Cup in UAE 2010?

Many thanks to ‘Astrid in Dubai’ for shooting more film to give a progress report (16 September 2009) on the America’s Cup venue at Ras al Khaimah.

When I asked Astrid the $64 million question about whether the venue will be ready for the regatta, she replied:

“I am sure they will be ready in time, they have started the work on the island suddenly with lots of machines. And the Marina clubhouse is ready. Also the clubhouse of the golf course is up and running, plus the Al Hamra Fort hotel.”

When I asked Astrid how she became interested enough in the venue and the forthcoming event to take some video reports, this was her reply:

“My interest started with the surprise of having such a huge event in RAK in a development that we have passed by on many occasions when returning from a mountain biking trip in Wadi Bieh. We never thought that behind the Al Hamra Mall this whole development was ready. And then I found myself proud of having this sporting event coming to our Emirates.”

Earlier Footage
Look at the Progress on the America’s Cup Venue at RAK, America’s Cup in the UAE, 10 September 2009 and originally posted on 6 September 2009.

Take a Look at the America’s Cup Venue at RAK, America’s Cup in the UAE, 31 August 2009 and originally posted on 14 August 2009.

Latest Footage

Astrid in Dubai, Al Hamra Island-America’s Cup 2010, YouTube, 16 September 2009.

Many thanks to Astrid for her video reporting.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at) on Facebook and Twitter.

Image: America’s Cup in the UAE.