Getting Ready for the Dubai Boat Show

The Middle East is gearing up for the 21st Dubai International Boat Show, which starts on the 5th March and runs until the 9th March 2013).

Writing and researching for the next edition of the SuperYacht Owners Guide and other prestigious titles world wide we will be there. 

This year the show boasts the highest ever concentration of superyachts with 19 being shown to their best advantage during the show.

Their total value is set at over AED1 billion. There will also be 430 smaller vessels present and 30 world exclusive premiers and launches to look forward to.

The UAE and neighbouring Gulf States are among the world’s top 10 countries in terms of the density of ultra-wealthy households. This affluence is underlined by the fact that 60% of the world’s top 100 superyachts are owned by residents of the Middle East.

The superyacht trade’s red carpet will be out in force with no less than 30 world or regional premieres to attend. Illustrious exhibitors choosing to introduce their ground-breaking new products at the show include:

  • Al Shaali Marine
  • Art Marine
  • Chris Craft
  • Delma Marine
  • Du Boats
  • Fountaine Pajot
  • Gulf Craft
  • IMG Boats
  • Safwa Marine
  • Riviera
  • Van Dutch. 

More visitors than ever in the history of the show are expected to attend the renowned Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), in Mina Seyahi. Over 750 companies and brands await an anticipated 10,000+ visitors over the five-day duration of the show.

Spearheading the promotion of local talent and craftsmanship is Gulf Craft whose Majesty 125 will feature among a lineup of some of Gulf Craft’s largest and most innovative superyacht designs. The focus of this shipyard is on delivering a more liveable yachting experience in ultimate luxury, with unrivaled spacious and diverse entertainment areas both indoors and on deck

The Gulf region’s marine industry is growing, as evidenced by a record number of countries participating in the show. There are debut appearances from

  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Palau
  • Russian Federation

Boat manufacturers choosing Dubai to promote their yachts to local and global markets. Turkey’s presence is particularly impressive in 2013 and is 800% larger than in 2012, while the USA’s presence has more than doubled.

H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and director of Dubai’s Dept of Tourism and Commerce said, “The Dubai International Boat Show has secured its position as the region’s leading leisure marine event…serving as a true barometer of the stability and strength of the regional maritime industry.”

Ian Jones, sales manager with the Superyacht Owners’ Guide, said, “We’re thrilled to be an official media partner of the show. With our superyacht directories, owners’ guide and online search engines, our superyacht media have a truly international reach.

“We’re keen to meet with established and upcoming brands across the superyacht and leisure marine industries in the Gulf region. We welcome contact from any companies wishing to build their businesses in superyacht circles and will be exhibiting and available for meetings in the Luxury Supplies and Services Lounge.”

We flew to Dubai with Emirates Airlines aboard their Airbus A380