The region’s most significant and influential boating and maritime event, the Dubai International Boat Show 2017, will return for its 25th edition from 28 February to 4 March at the Dubai International Marine Club.
For the past 25 years, the Dubai International Boat Show has grown to position itself as a one stop shop to cater for not only the world’s ultra-high net worth individuals, but to those interested in taking advantage of the region’s burgeoning leisure marine lifestyle activities such as sailing, watersports, fishing and diving.
On top of arranging unique and tailored experiences for high net worth individuals, the show will deliver an all-encompassing family-orientated five-day maritime adventure set to cure your water wanderlust.
From its original launch as the ‘Watersports & Powerboat Show’ in 1991 to finding its current home on the water at Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai International Boat Show’s continued growth has helped to transform the regional maritime industry and is now one of the top five boat shows in the world.
2016’s edition anchored 450 boats and welcomed 843 brands from 55 different countries, offering potential buyers of superyachts exclusive tours on some of the world’s most luxurious vessels.
Participants of last year’s show were also privy to hands on experiences in fishing, sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and jet surfing, jet-skiing, kite surfing and SCUBA diving.
Additionally, 2016’s show held interactive features including exclusive tours on board luxury superyachts, as well as hosting the ‘Marine Talks’ which provided buyers with fundamental information regarding the maritime industry.
With more than 30,000 visitors from across 120 countries coming down to Dubai International Boat Show 2016, the event saw a crowd of passionate ocean adventurers spend a total of AED 250mn ($68mn) on an array of elite superyachts, leisure crafts and the latest watersports equipment.
Dubai International Boat Show has witnessed an amazing growth in consumer demand for the latest small to medium size boats, pleasure crafts, high speed power boats and the most luxurious superyachts. This rise in demand looks set to increase in 2017, with the market already showing a number of reasons to get excited about the current state of the maritime industry.
Reflecting the Middle East’s growing demand for superyachts as well as the UAE’s rank as a major manufacturing nation of the luxury vehicles, the 25th edition of Dubai International Boat Show is gearing itself up for an impressive showcase some of the finest superyachts and boating equipment in the world.
Internationally the maritime industry is looking strong, with the latest stats from Boat International listing that 333 superyachts have been sold worldwide so far in 2016, edging even closer to last year’s figures. Out of these figures the most expensive yacht cost an incredible AED 953mn (€250mn).
While a number of worldwide markets are carefully assessing the on-going fluctuations in oil prices and international currencies, in the UAE at least recent reports have stated that investments in the maritime industry are expected to reach AED 224bn ($61bn) in 2016. This means there are still a number of convincing reasons to get excited about the level of maritime investment.
Another feature taking place this year will be a dedicated on-land display of the latest small to medium size boats ranging from simple pleasure crafts to high speed power boats. As part of the event’s Marina display there will also be a floating exhibition of luxurious yachts and boats showcasing the height of boating design, craftsmanship and lifestyle.