Impressive Visitor Turnout at Dubai Boat Show

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Final day to view impressive superyachts, boat launches and participate in exciting activities at region’s leading marine exhibition

Dubai International Boat Show
Dubai International Boat Show

The Dubai International Boat Show in its 21st year, had an impressive visitor turnout over the first few days owing to its immense popularity in the international boat scene. Also, the significant growth in boat sales highlighted the show’s continued growth this year.

Visitors will have the last chance to view the impressive range of superyachts and boats on display tomorrow, as well as enjoy a range of family-friendly exhibitions, competitions, prize giveaways and entertainment options.

Impressive superyachts and innovative marine craft on display

The amphibious (land and sea) boat premiered in the region at this year’s show. Antoine Brugidou, CEO of France-based Iguana Yachts commented on the receptiveness of innovation and technology in the UAE: “We’ve created an excellent boat that can reach up to 40 knots that is also capable of functioning as a land vehicle. With the vast wide open spaces, deserts, and islands around the UAE and the Gulf, this kind of technology is being well-received by those looking to be on land and on sea comfortably,” he said.

With the largest boat on water at this year’s show, industry leader Behnemar showcased the more than 160 foot “Sapphire”, a fully equipped, trans-atlantic ready mega yacht. “The Sapphire is an elegant, opulent yacht well-suited to the potential boat buyers in the region. We focus on high-end, personalised consultancy services to help clients buy the perfect product to make them happy; something that potential buyers at the Dubai International Boat Show are looking for,” said Dr. Rainer Behne, Chairman of Behnemar Yachting.

One of the fastest boats on display this year for its size and launching regionally is the Mercedes-AMG Cigarette Racing black edition, a 50 foot speed craft capable of reaching up to nearly 108 knots. “Most boats at this size usually don’t reach 50 knots, so the feedback for this special edition boat has been fantastic,” said Hector Rodriguez, Operations Manager for Cigarette Racing in the United States.

“The Dubai International Boat Show is a highly anticipated and vital event for the international marine industry and we are extremely pleased with the visitor and buyer turnout, business activity and high-level networking that has taken place so far,” said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President of Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the show.

Exciting highlights draw crowds

Hosting try-out sessions is the Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX), the only dedicated diving exhibition in the region, which brings together international manufacturers and local suppliers of sub-aqua diving equipment and services. Held in collaboration with Emirates Diving Association, DMEX 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 has been buzzing with crowds, and 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 Supercar Promenade continues to delight those with a keen interest in supercars 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 have showcased their latest models.

Adding to the excitement is a jazz band, which has been performing in between a series of local DJ’s who are creating a buzzing atmosphere that is sure to delight.


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