The Middle East’s biggest marine and lifestyle show, Dubai International Boat Show, exhibitors reports boat sales of more than AED 280 million ($76.2 million) during first three days.
The tri-deck SS 155, Sunseeker’s newest flagship, is the largest and most advanced yacht that they have ever produced. Accommodating up to 12 guests and 10 crew, the yacht is ideally suited for long distance cruising, with the latest generation of hull design.
Sunseeker Middle East said that they were naturally delighted to be among the first exhibitors to sign a deal on the first day of this year’s show, and to have again sold one of their flagship products, following the success of their 40 metre range.
Bilgin Yachts Shipyard, a leading Turkish megayacht builder reported a sale of a 50 metre superyacht worth AED 114 million (€22.5 million) on day three of the show.
The luxury vessel, Bilgin 164, was sold to an Egyptian national and boasts six magnificent staterooms – an owner’s suite on the main deck, as well as a VIP cabin and four guest cabins, all situated on the lower deck.
Solid leads and sales have also been reported by more international and regional yacht and boat manufacturers within the first days of the show, with big deals expected to continue to take place. Small to medium sized boats are proving a big hit with visitors, as the leisure boating community continues to take advantage of growing inner waterways and marinas.
UAE-based Al Shaali Marine announced the sale of their 88-foot yacht, AS 88, which was debuted at the 2014 Dubai International Boat Show. Sold to a local owner of a real estate company in Dubai, the luxury vessel is worth more than AED 9 million and is expected to be based locally.
“We proudly unveiled the AS 88 for the first time here in Dubai, knowing that the Dubai International Boat Show draws serious buyers for our luxurious yachts and vessels, and were delighted to have been able to announce its sale on the first day it was debuted,” said Dr. Sultan Al Shaali, Chief Executive Officer of Al Shaali Marine.
Bahrain-UAE-Oman-based specialists in marine engines, sports boats, and yachts Delma Marine are bullish about their first day of sales, reporting more than AED 4 million within the first few days, off the back of their unique Mercury engines, high speed amphibious vessel the Quadski, and their Boston Whaler line of sports boats.
“We’ve had interest from everyone – from locals, to expats to international visitors – and we’ve definitely seen an increase in sales already compared to last year,” said General Manager Waseem Ben Khadra.
Piquing great visitor interest is the Nirvana and Quattroelle, two of the show’s largest-ever superyachts located in the stunning outdoor Marina Display Area on the Dubai waterfront. The 88.5-metre-long Nirvana, built by Oceanco and exhibited by Edmiston, features two helipads, a 3D cinema, and performance stage. The 88-metre-long Quattroelle, built by Lürssen and Moran Yacht & Ship, and designed by Nuvolari-Lenard, features five decks, a gym designed by sprinter Usain Bolt, and full spa.