Micro-level processes were carried out around the site and region to maximize benefits and minimize disruptions environmentally, socially, and economically for Istanbul and Turkey. From the construction phase to the two-year operational period, thousands of individuals including employees, business partners, media representatives, academic institutions, and various government and NGO leaders were hosted at Galataport Istanbul, offering them the opportunity to hear and experience the project firsthand.
Galataport Istanbul also acted as a natural laboratory, hosting local and international students from various fields such as architecture, engineering, marketing, and maritime, providing seasonal internship opportunities and sharing innovative projects with the younger generation.
The emphasis on stakeholder engagement and sustainability gained significant recognition both nationally and globally before the opening of Galataport Istanbul. In 2020, Galataport Istanbul was honored by the MedCruise Association with the "Eastern Mediterranean MedCruise Port Showing the Greatest Commitment during the Pandemic " award. This award recognized Galataport Istanbul's commitment to dialogue between ports and cruise companies, as well as close cooperation and communication within the industry, and the measures taken with sensitivity to COVID-19.
(First Two Years)
• Total Visitors: Approximately 30 million
• Retail Occupancy Rate: 90%
• Cruise Ships: 350
• Cruise Passengers and Crew: 750,000
• Employment: 5,000 direct and 20,000 indirect
• Foreign Direct Investment: 300 million Euro (with The Peninsula Istanbul)
Situated in the heart of the city, in the Karakoy district established in the 12th century, Galataport Istanbul has been a region where people from various religions, nations, and languages have lived together harmoniously for hundreds of years. While being a mega project, Galataport Istanbul transformed into an integrated neighborhood with an urban planning approach, featuring low-rise buildings, individually designed squares, and streets. With these characteristics, Galataport Istanbul quickly became the city's most popular, cosmopolitan, and easily accessible meeting point.
Galataport Istanbul contributed to the community by creating an accessible cultural and arts area for everyone. In its first two years, Galataport Istanbul hosted more than 750,000 people at free festivals, concerts, exhibitions, and sports events. Cultural and artistic activities in the region, thanks to Galataport, increased by 72%, reaching 52% in the Beyoglu district and 5% in contributions to Istanbul as a whole.
From design to construction and operation, special care was taken to minimize the project's environmental impact and reduce its carbon footprint. All buildings in Galataport Istanbul use sea water instead of cooling gas, providing a 34% energy saving, reducing carbon emissions, and replacing harmful cooling gases contributing to climate change. This practice also eliminated the need for unsightly units on the roofs of buildings. Istanbul-specific plants and efficient irrigation systems are expected to contribute to a 50% water saving, while landscaped areas and green roofs reduce the heat island effect. The environmental impact of the project is monitored quarterly for sea water quality, particles, dust, and noise levels, while marine ecology is monitored annually.
Galataport Istanbul received the LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its environmentally friendly practices, advanced construction technologies, and creating an accessible project for everyone. It is the second-largest LEED Platinum certified project in Europe and the largest in Turkey.
Awards and Certifications
• MedCruise Association: Eastern Mediterranean MedCruise Port Showing the Greatest Commitment during the Pandemic Award-2020
• LEED Platinum Certification - 2021
• MedCruise Association: Environmental Responsibility Award - 2021
• GYODER Sign of the City Awards 2023: Greenest Building/Structures Community