Major luxury brands and superyacht manufacturers return to showcase products at the region’s premiere boating event
What started as the Watersports & Powerboat Show, an indoor event launched in 1992 to cater to a specialised market, the Dubai International Boat Show has developed into a not to be missed, world-class event tailored for yacht, boat and water sports enthusiasts in the region.
Now in its 25th edition, the event takes place from 28 February to 4 March at its much expanded home in the Dubai International Marine Club, supporting the growth of the region’s boat and yachting industry and attracting visitors and businesses from all sectors of maritime trade.
“The UAE and Dubai have witnessed massive developments to their maritime infrastructure over the past 25 years, and the Dubai International Boat Show continues to grow in tandem, standing as a testament to the country’s thriving marine industry,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Events Management, DWTC.
Growing from an indoor show with 55 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors in its first edition, to a world-class event that welcomed 26,000 visitors from 120 countries in 2016, this year’s edition of Dubai International Boat Show will provide experiences to both buyers of boats and yachts as well as to visitors with a variety of water sport interests.
With a total of 41 registered launches this year and more expected confirmations in the coming weeks, the exclusive reveals will take place on the marina among the over 800 companies and brands showing off the latest in marine design and technology.
Now with more choices of small to mid-sized boats on offer than ever before, the Dubai International Boat Show has opened up the market to affordable boating, offering visitors an array of vessels that target all price points and budgets.
Recording US$22million of sales off the back of 2016’s show, the home-grown brand has a positive outlook the Dubai International Boat Show’s 25th edition.
Among the global brands on display are a number of veteran exhibitors which include decking manufacturers Wilks and SYBAss member Oceanco who have participated in the show since the first edition; and superyacht manufacturers Sunseeker Middle East, exhibiting for their 11th year.
Local supplier and long-standing supporter of the show, ART MARINE view the event as a strategic approach to target the Middle Eastern market, and have forecasted another positive year in showcasing their collection.
In addition to seasoned participants, the event welcomes a host of first-time exhibitors eager to establish themselves in the UAE. Aiming to capitalise on a globally recognised boat show positioned in an expanding market are Chinese superyacht manufacturer, Heysea Yachts; Emirates-based marine service provider, DP World and spare parts supplier, Yamamotor International; and Ortega Submarines from The Netherlands.
The Dubai International Boat Show returns with support from the Dubai Maritime City Authority; VIP sponsor Feadship; supporting partner Panerai; and official car sponsor Mercedes-Benz (Gargash Enterprises).