The 21st edition of the Dubai International Boat Show was opened today by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, kicking off the region’s biggest and most prolific marine leisure exhibition for its, led by strong international demand.
Visitors streamed through the gates on the first day of the show, being held at Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) – Mina Seyahi from March 5-9.
Eleven global and 20 regional product launches are taking place over the five days.
Those launching new boats include
- Al Shaali Marine
- Art Marine
- Chris Craft
- Delma Marine
- Du Boats
- Fountaine Pajot
- Gulf Craft
- IMG Boats
- Safwa Marine
- Van Dutch
Among those taking centre stage this year is Gulf Craft, the UAE-based manufacturer, which announced the start of construction of a new Majesty 155 luxury super yacht – the largest ever to be constructed in the company’s 31-year history and is set to be completed in 2015.
Designed around the concept of “living on the water”, it is styled and laid out to serve a more comfortable, extended overwater stay. Reflecting a floating loft apartment, with wrap-around windows for interior light maximization and a huge entertainment fly-bridge, it evokes a feeling of a home on the water, one with the best sea-view available.
The announcement reflects the UAE-based builder’s comfortable positioning within the fraternity of global boat builders with the capability to create craft of this size and complexity.
Commenting on the announcement Mohammed Hussain Al Shaali, Chairman Gulf Craft said: “The Middle East continues to lead demand in the global superyacht market.”
“As a market for super yachts, the GCC and surrounding region is maturing rapidly,” added Al Shaali. “We are very optimistic about this region as more people are finding their way to the water.”
We flew to Dubai with Emirates Airlines aboard their Airbus A380 and stayed at the Media One Hotel