Dart's 2018 Year in Review

It has been an exciting year for Dart, as the group of companies remains steadfast in its commitment to the economic growth and prosperity of the Cayman Islands. Here are some of the highlights of the people, places and events that have made 2018 a year to remember.

KAABOO Cayman

Dart is announced as a presenting sponsor of KAABOO Cayman, a new live entertainment festival scheduled for 15-16 February 2019. The two-day event is designed to appeal to all five senses with world-class music, inspiring contemporary art, hilarious comedy, mouth-watering cuisine, refreshing libations and personal indulgences. Global pop sensations The Chainsmokers and new wave idols Duran Duran are featured as headliners for Cayman’s inaugural event, with Zedd, Bryan Adams, Jason Derulo and Counting Crows also scheduled to perform.

Dart Ambassador Caroline Wozniacki

Top tennis star Caroline Wozniacki signs on as an ambassador for Dart. Charmed by the beauty of the island, she finds comfort at her “home away from home,” The Residences at Seafire. Whilst visiting in April, the 2018 Australian Open champion thrilled the crowds gathered outside the Residences on Seven Mile Beach by taking part in the world’s first fly-board tennis rally.

Cayman Alternative Investment Summit

The 2018 edition of the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit – or CAIS as it is more commonly known – explored the theme of Wired: The rise of alternative investments in the digital age. The conference featured a visit from Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen, keynote speaker actor Will Smith and racecar driver Danica Patrick, and an impressive panel of industry experts and guests.

Camana Bay residential project

Inspiring views, beautiful outdoor spaces, sophisticated shopping, dining and entertainment are the hallmark details of the vibrant town of Camana Bay. Soon, the town will offer residences for those looking for a place to call home, with OLEA, a joint venture between Dart Real Estate and local developer NCB Group.  The first for-sale residential community at Camana Bay, OLEA is a waterfront community featuring condominiums, townhomes and duplexes. The development will break ground in early 2019.

Cayman International School expansion

Dart, in partnership with International Schools Services, announces a US$60 million expansion of Cayman International School (CIS) that will almost double its current size and student capacity to 1,100 students. The expansion will add an early childhood campus as well as a separate, purpose-built 87,000-square-foot high school that includes band, drama and music facilities, a double gymnasium and a media centre.

Dart Labs debuts

From bike-sharing to carpooling, Dart Labs is redefining transportation. Camana Bikes, a bike-sharing pilot study, saw over 120 participants from 15 Camana Bay tenants, cycle over 3,000 miles of Cayman terrain in nine months. On the heels of the Camana Bikes trial came a new alternative transport pilot, Better Commute, a car-pooling programme that aims to reduce traffic congestion and the number of vehicles competing for parking at Camana Bay.

Minds Inspired and Dart Scholar

It has been an inspiring year for students of Dart’s Minds Inspired programmes. Two teams from Cayman finished strong at the International SeaPerch underwater robotics challenge.  The inaugural Cayman Islands Robotics team traveled to Mexico City to participate in the FIRST Global Challenge. Thirty Caymanian students gained valuable hands-on work experience as part of the Work-X summer programme. And local students Charlotte Dowell, Graeme Madison, Charlotte Hodkin, and Joshua Martin earned the prestigious title of Dart Scholar for their exceptional academic and extracurricular achievements.

Onward to 2019

Looking ahead to 2019, anticipation builds with the inaugural KAABOO Cayman festival, the return of CAIS, the opening of the early childhood centre at CIS and the launch of the FIRST Global robotics competition, and still much more to come.

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