Yachts and boats worth over AED1 billion on display with 31 regional and global launches at region’s largest boat show
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai innaugurated The Dubai International Boat Show today, kicking off the region’s biggest and most prolific marine leisure exhibition for its 21st edition, led by strong international demand.
The first day of the show began with visitors numbering thousands thronging the gates at Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) – Mina Seyahi.The show which is to be held from March 5-9 will be witness to 11 global and 20 regional launches over the next 5 days. Industry heavyweights launching boats include Al Shaali Marine, Art Marine, Chris Craft, Delma Marine, Du Boats, Fountaine Pajot, Gulf Craft, IMG Boats, Safwa Marine, Sanlorenzo, Riviera and Van Dutch among others. Among those taking centre stage this year is Gulf Craft, a leading UAE-based manufacturer, which announced the start of construction of a new Majesty 155 luxury superyacht – the largest ever to be constructed in the company’s 31-year history and is set to be completed in 2015. Other key launches include KaiserWerft’s launch of a 30m yacht, Sanlorenzo’s launch of a 40m yacht, and VanDutch’s world launch of a 55ft boat.
“We are extremely honoured and grateful to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai for his support and presence at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show. Dubai is a lucrative platform for the leisure boating community in the Middle East and globally, and the show continues to cement its role as the catalyst for increased foreign investment and business opportunities,” said H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and Director General of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
The show has seen strong international demand with more than 49 countries participating and debut appearances from Armenia, Belgium, Malaysia, Malta, Palau and the Russian Federation. The event has seen the United States and Italy increase their total exhibition space by 110% and 47% respectively, with Turkey increasing its floor space by eight times. A new Florida pavilion signifies a greater demand for American-made products and leisure crafts, with a 200% increase in products overall from the United States.
An impressive 430 boats will be on display throughout the event, featuring at least 19 luxurious superyachts. In addition, members of the newly established ‘Super Yacht Experience’, under the umbrella of the prestigious Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), will be at the show to conduct business with affluent visitors seeking to purchase luxury boats. Super Yacht Experience members participating in the show include Amels, Benetti Yachts, CRN, Fincantieri Yachts, Fr. Lurssen Werft GmbH, Heesen Yachts, Mondomarine, Oceanco, Palmer Johnson and Trinity Yachts. According to a 2013 forecast by Superyacht.com, 60% of the top 100 superyachts are owned by Middle East residents.
The ‘Made in UAE Pavilion’, a show first, is aimed at providing a platform for small-to-medium UAE boat builders such as Al Hareb Marine, Julfar Craft, Legacy Yachts and Ocean Boats, to increase local and global market exposure for the UAE boat manufacturing industry.
The Gulf Boating Conference and Luxury Supplies and Services (LSS) and Equipment Supplies and Services (ESS) Industry Seminars provide an opportunity for experts and industry professionals to address the latest trends, technologies and regulations affecting the marine leisure sector. The Gulf Boating Conference entitled ‘The Evolving Middle East Boating Market’ takes place on March 6, 2013 and the LSS and ESS Industry Seminars take place from March 6 – 7, 2013 with topics ranging from training and development, diving in the GCC, yacht interiors and new technologies.
Dive Middle East, the region’s only dedicated diving exhibition, brings together international manufacturers and local suppliers of sub-aqua diving equipment and services, with live demonstrations and daily ‘try-a-dive’ sessions. Dive Middle East sees a 35% expansion over last year, with new international exhibitors for this segment travelling from France, Germany, Oman and the USA.
The popular Retail Village and Heritage Village return this year with spectacular live entertainment to be enjoyed throughout the show. Other exciting highlights include visitor prize draws with the chance to win amazing prizes throughout the show, including a Yamaha WaveRunner, opening passes and accommodation to the Cannes Film Festival, Champions League passes, a Yas Marina F1 race package and much more.
The exciting Supercar Promenade returns to the show for the third year and brings with it a range of limited edition models and the finest examples of engineering prowess available on four wheels. Bentley, Brabus, McLaren and Rolls Royce are some of the luxury motoring brands that will showcase their latest models.
The Dubai International Boat Show will also showcase new and exciting products from a large range of equipment suppliers and services as well as renowned international and local interior designers, luxury boat builders and luxury product suppliers.