The 20th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show just opened, marking the beginning of the Middle East’s most highly anticipated marine event. Thousands of visitors attended the first day of the show, where 430 yachts and boats were on parade, valued at a staggering AED 960 million! This year, the largest and most successful event of its kind in the Middle East will see exhibitors from new countries such as Austria, Cyprus, Egypt, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Poland, and Tunisia.
Among those taking center stage this year are Gulf Craft, a leading UAE-based manufacturer, unveiling a 135 foot super yacht at the show this year, and Sunseeker launching 63 and 65 foot yachts; Samawy Marine which launched the Samawy Marine 44 and Koot Yachts who launched the Koot 54, among others. 186 new exhibitors join Dubai International Boat Show…Truly a sea lover’s heaven.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, The World of Yachts Recognition Awards 2012 will take place alongside the Dubai International Boat Show. The awards celebrate the people and companies behind the region’s exceptional marine industry and champion the very best achievements. Hosted at the Al Koufa Fort, One & Only Royal Mirage, the awards ceremony is organized by the Arab Marine Industries Association and co-hosted by the World of Yachts and Boats magazine and the Dubai World Trade Centre. This year’s 20thedition will celebrate the rich history and incredible growth of the regional maritime industry, bringing together the who’s who of the industry from five continents.
Here is what some of the people involved with the show had to say regarding the event:
“We are extremely grateful to H.H. Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his continued support and presence here today on the 20th Anniversary of the Dubai International Boat Show,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the event.
Saeed Hareb, Senior Advisor, Dubai International Boat Show said: “Dubai is increasingly becoming a top destination for the leisure marine community and the Dubai International Boat Show plays a leading role in that success. The number of launches and international exhibitors supports testament to that and we look forward to welcoming the tens of thousands of visitors and new boating enthusiasts that make this such a special event.”
Dubai International Boat Show 2012 runs from March 13 – 17, 2012 at the Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi and will open to trade visitors and the general public from 3:00pm – 9:30pm daily.