Following closely on the heels of international yacht shows in Monaco and Fort Lauderdale The very first edition of the Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) 2013 will take place from the 12-16 November at the Lusail Marina located within Lusail City.
Undoubtedly, as with any new yacht show QIBS 2013 has to win over the confidence of exhibitor and show visitor alike, but early signs show that it has the opportunity to provide an industry networking platform, generating solid opportunities for the promotion of new boats and services and creating a luxury market for affluent Middle Eastern and Asian buyers
QIBS will host events both on land and in the water, with around 100 international and local exhibitors attending, 150 boats on display, 5 global and regional launches and an estimated 15,000 visitors.
Like the already successful show in Dubai the event will follow the late afternoon and early evening format with opening hours from 3.00pm to 9.30pm. It will be open to the both trade professionals and the general public.
The show will will host a variety of craft up to 30m in size, and leisure marine products. In addition, dedicated areas will be available, offering information and advice regarding boat servicing, insurance, accessories, water sports, navigation equipment, engines, fixtures and fittings as well as fishing products.
With some of the biggest marine and leisure supply companies and distributors who seek to capitalise on Qatar’s booming economy and the upcoming marine industry, already signed up to attend.
The plan is to put Qatar on the map in terms of the international boat show circuit by becoming one of the main destinations for regional yacht and boat companies, as well as international companies involved in leisure and water sports, seeking investment opportunities in the GCC markets, estimated at around QR 750m.
Presenting an overview of the boat show in light of the current situation of the maritime industry in the region, and the potential benefits that the QIBS can bring to Qatar, Faysal Mikati, Vice President of Snow Comms – the event’s organiser, “Recent studies on salaries of senior management executives, who are key customers for yachts and luxury boats, have revealed that disposable income of managers in the GCC is the highest in the world with all Gulf countries dominating the top six rankings.”
Wayne Shepherd, General Manager, Mourjan Marinas said: “The Qatar Boat Show is a great step for the marina and boating community here in Qatar, as the industry continues to grow and as Doha continues on its path to becoming a premier yachting destination in the Gulf. ’’
Visitors to the event will not only get to see the latest maritime products and boats but will also be able to enjoy the opening and closing ceremonies, the ambience of the Lusail Marina and entertainment shows from Europe.
Organised by international agency Snow Comms, and licenced by the Qatar Tourism Authority, the first Qatar International Boat Show 2013 will showcase a promising display of yachts, boats and marine accessories. The event is set to become a marketing and networking platform for leading marine industry players in the sector in Qatar.
The show’s sponsors include:
- Lusail City
- Mourjan Marinas
- Qatar Airways as the official carrier
- World of Yachts and Boats magazine
- Lifestyle partner ‘Sur La Terre’
Lusail Marina is a flagship yachting destination and the premier marina facility in the Middle East located along the coast just north of Doha in the Lusail City development.
It is operated by Dubai-based marina developer and manager Mourjan Marinas and features 93 modern floating berths that can host yachts of 10-40 metres in length. Facilities and services include three lounge areas with contemporary shade structures, underwater lighting, black and grey water ‘pump-out’ at the berths, 24-hour security, a five-star concierge service, marina cart service to and from your yacht, deck wash for all yachts and a refreshment kiosk.