Abu Dhabi Superyacht Show Makes Slow Start

Super Yacht Show Will, in Time, Make the Grade

The second edition of the annual Abu Dhabi Yacht Show is this year being held at the newly-built Yas Marina and has got off to a slow start.

With 30 superyachts and about 140 exhibitors from around the world, organisers are expecting around 10,000 visitors to turn up a number significantly higher than the 7,000 visitors who visited the 2009 show.

The slow start may have been caused by the death of Shaikh Mubarak Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan a member of the UAE royal family who died on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi. The Presidential Affairs Ministry then declared three days for official mourning starting on Wednesday.

The British brokerage house Burgess already enjoys a well established track record throughout the Gulf Region where they have been providing brokerage, charter, new construction and yacht management services to a high profile clientele for 35 years. Following the inaugural success of the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show in 2009, the firm is exhibiting several yachts at the show including:

  • Australis a striking and totally brand new 48 metre luxury motor yacht delivered by the Australian Oceanfast shipyard just weeks ago in January 2010.
  • Bliink delivered in July 2009 by Cantieri di Pisa, at 41 metres (134.5ft) this “as new” Akhir 135 is one of the largest planing flybridge motor yachts on the market today. MCA compliant and ABS certified, the yacht is still under full warranties and her twin MTUs deliver a cruising speed of 25 knots and maximum speed of 29 knots. Designed to offer easy wheelchair access, an elevator connects the main and upper decks, and the striking Cristiani Gatto designed interior provides deluxe accommodation for 11 guests in 5 cabins.
  • Alysia this 85.3 metre (280ft) vessel is one of the world’s most impressive yachts. With a global reputation, she offers a staggering 2,400 square metres of magnificent guest areas spread over 5 spacious decks: multiple saloons, a cinema, library, business centre, crèche, 18 staterooms for 36 guests and a spectacular spa complex located over the entire lower deck level. Additional special features include a guest lift connecting all decks, a fully certified helicopter landing platform and a well equipped dive centre. Built in 2005 to SOLAS passenger vessel specification and Det Norske Veritas classification, She delivers a range of 7,000 nautical miles at 14 knots. propositions on the superyacht market today.
  • The 90 metre (296ft) Lauren L, one of the largest yachts available for charter in the world today will be available for charter viewings at the Abu Dhabi Show. This SOLAS classified vessel is one of the few luxury yachts with the capability to accommodate 40 guests in 20 luxurious suites and offers a vast array of on board facilities for both private and corporate groups.
  • Platinum inspired by Benetti’s successful Golden Bay custom-series, she is a 50 metre (163.7ft) motor yacht, suited for both private and charter cruising anywhere in the world. ABS classified, with zero speed stabilisers and twin MTU engines, she delivers a cruising speed of 15.5 knots and a maximum speed of 17 knots. Spacious accommodation for 14 guests is arranged in 6 richly appointed cabins (1 x master suite, 1 x VIP suite, 2 x double cabins and 2 x twins each with a pullman berth). Additional features include state-of-the-art audio-visual system throughout, a full range of tenders and water toys plus a vast open-plan sundeck complete with jacuzzi, sun pads and on deck dining.

Other yachts included the new build 65m Trident, the 62m RoMa, the 73m Silver Zwei, the 60m Linda Lou, the 67m Allure Shadow, 48m Ellix Too, 43m Le Yana and 39m Red Sapphire, and 104m Al Behar.

The exhibitor line-up includes builders, charterers, brokerage houses, marine support services, yacht registries and interior designers from the US, UK, Monaco, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the Baltic states.

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Abu Dhabi Marina developer Aldar Properties, regional vessel builders Abu Dhabi MAR Group and Gulf Craft, and yacht managers and distributors Art Marine also had stands.

Like the Monaco Yacht Show the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) is the lead sponsor for the show.