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NEOM partners with JLS Yachts to make Sindalah a premier superyacht destination

NEOM partners with JLS Yachts to make Sindalah a premier superyacht destination


NEOM, the sustainable megacity being built in northwest Saudi Arabia, has appointed JLS Yachts as its key partner superyacht agency for Sindalah, a luxury island development.



Rising out of the crystalline waters of the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast, Sindalah will define a new dimension of exquisite bespoke travel. Set to open in 2024, Sindalah will be NEOM’s first tourism destination, offering visitors an idyllic luxury lifestyle experience. Sindalah is one of NEOM’s 41 islands, which will be home to a world-leading yachting ecosystem with more than 5,000 berths.


NEOM’s partnership with JLS Yachts will support Sindalah’s vision of becoming a global yachting destination, with the island located just 17 hours’ sailing from the Mediterranean. The agency’s office within the island’s marina will provide a comprehensive range of world-class services for the comfort and pleasure of the yachting community, including berthing, provisioning, bunkering, customs clearance, transportation, and travel arrangements.


The appointment of JLS Yachts as NEOM’s second official yachting partner follows the June 2023 announcement that Monaco-based BWA Yachting would be establishing an office at the Sindalah marina.


Leveraging its service excellence and its established presence in the Arabian Gulf region and Indian Ocean, JLS Yachts will bring its regional expertise to Sindalah as it prepares to welcome the world’s most discerning superyacht clientele during 2024. With a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the Middle Eastern marine environment and an unwavering commitment to going the extra mile for their clients, JLS Yachts has uniquely positioned itself as the ‘one-stop’ agency for all marine requirements, in the process setting a new benchmark of excellence in the Arabian Gulf region.


Antoni Vives, Chief Urban Development at NEOM, said, “Sindalah will demonstrate to the world another level of seamless luxury and invite the yachting community to a new seasonal destination in the majestic waters of the Red Sea. JLS Yachts is a partner to help realize the bold vision of Sindalah as we welcome the world to the first physical showcase of NEOM.”


With a core team of 34 professionals totaling more than 130 combined years of marine experience, JLS Yachts’ dedicated personnel are poised to cater to every aspect of superyacht maritime services.


The company also provides extensive training offerings to develop the next generation of yacht enthusiasts, captains, and crew. JLS Yacht Training Institute is a Recognized Training Centre established to deliver the Royal Yachting Association’s suite of courses.


Captain Stephan Corbett, CEO at JLS Yachts said, “We are very pleased and honored to be selected as a key partner for NEOM’s magnificent Sindalah Island on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coastline. Our new operational offices based in Jeddah and Riyadh, offer us great exposure and services to our VVIP owners, captains, and crew. As the largest and most experienced superyacht agency in the Middle East and northern Indian Ocean, we look forward to bringing our unique and rewarding services to the Red Sea and beyond.”


A new glamorous gateway to the Red Sea, Sindalah will redefine the luxury island experience. With 86 berths for yachts up to 50 meters and additional serviced offshore buoys for superyachts up to 180 meters, the Sindalah marina will become a new hub for the global yachting calendar.


IMG Golf Course Services to open 9-hole beachfront golf course in Sindalah


NEOM has today announced a partnership with industry leader IMG Golf Course Services to open a groundbreaking 9-hole beachfront golf course on the luxury island, Sindalah.


IMG Golf Course Services has been appointed to provide pre-opening, marketing and management services to the Golf Club at Sindalah, which will be a year-round, exclusive venue, elevating the golfing experience in the Middle East.


The first island golf course of its kind in the GCC, Sindalah will offer an entirely unique golfing experience for all visitors, from amateurs and young players to experienced enthusiasts and golfing professionals. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the 6,474-yard (5,920 meters) par 70 golf course will boast 9 holes and 18 teeing points, as well as a 280-meter driving range and golf practice suites fitted with state-of-the-art ball tracking technology and statistics feedback. The course is also set to be GEO-certified, meaning it will demonstrate the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility.


The IMG Golf Course Services team will manage the onsite sports club, which will offer multiple membership options for visitors to enjoy the very best facilities, equipment, and services, including a luxurious gym, an Olympic-size swimming pool, an indulgent spa, and sports courts. The Sindalah Golf Academy will further complement the facilities with multiple performance studios offering the latest in custom-fitting and golf-learning technology.


Perfectly positioned as a glamorous gateway to the Red Sea, Sindalah will redefine the luxury island experience and welcome in a new dimension of exquisite, curated travel. Sindalah is one of a group of islands off the NEOM coastline and will be the Red Sea region’s first ultra-prime superyacht destination. Opening in Q1 2024, the island will be the first iteration of NEOM to be unveiled to the world and will offer a taste of NEOM’s vision that will come to life in the coming years with THE LINE, Oxagon and Trojena.


Antoni Vives, Chief Urban Development and Islands Officer at NEOM, said: “Sindalah will be the first physical showcase of NEOM to open to the world and will become a new and exotic golfing destination like no other. We are proud to be working with IMG Golf Course Services to bring this premium course from the mind of Robert Trent Jones Jr to reality at Sindalah.”


Russell Hannah, Vice President, IMG Golf Course Services, commented: “We are delighted to partner with NEOM and Sindalah Island and welcome them proudly to our growing portfolio of world-class clubs and resorts across the globe. Their vision for this stunning new destination makes it exactly the sort of project which will benefit from IMG’s international experience and resources. We have great expectations for Sindalah Island Golf Club and are looking forward to helping to deliver on NEOM’s vision for what will be one of the most picturesque courses in the region.”


In addition to the golf course, Sindalah will offer exquisite dining experiences with restaurants boasting global Michelin-starred chefs, an innovative and experiential retail offering, and an ultra-prime marina with 86 berths for yachts up to 50 meters and additional serviced offshore buoys for superyachts up to 180 meters.


Sindalah will also be home to a beach club hosted by top global entertainment icons, a Marine Activities Centre facilitating adventures above and below the sea and three luxury hotels, including a Four Seasons Resort and Saudi Arabia’s first Marriott International Autograph Collection Hotels property. The island is being developed sustainably, with its design helmed by Italy’s Luca Dini Design & Architecture and inspired by the coral reefs and waterscapes of the surrounding Red Sea.


IMG Golf Course Services is a global leader in the design, development, marketing and management of world class golf courses. For more than 30 years, the group has set the standard for excellence in golf course design and golf club management. IMG’s Golf Course Services team currently provides a diverse range of management and marketing services to more than 25 award-winning clubs and resorts.



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