Published: Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Mike Fulton

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai attended the show giving it a strong endorsement. It has now overtaken the once popular Abu Dhabi Yacht Show to become the premier such event in the region.

Dubai International Boat Show A Great Success
This year's show, held Dubai International Marine Club from 5 to 9 March, saw more than 780 exhibitors and their associated brands at the show. Of these, 126 were new exhibitors. During the event, 11 global and 20 regional launches took place, including KaiserWerft’s launch of a 30-metre yacht, Sanlorenzo’s launch of a 40-metre yacht and VanDutch’s world launch of a 17-metre boat. 

Gulf Craft, based in Ajman, also revealed that it had started the construction of a new Majesty 155 superyacht, which at 47 metres will be the yard’s largest build to date.

Simon Colebrooke, international sales manager for Princess Yachts, said: “Last year was good - this year we’ve had about the same amount of good-quality traffic, but Miami is a better selling show. The Dubai market is mostly ex-pats but Qatar's is more local. Qatar, Dubai and Oman are coming on well but Bahrain a little slower.” 

One returning exhibitor, Russell Morris of Palmer Johnson said: “We’ve had some good clients through with a lot of interest in the Supersport. The trick is to get a yacht in the country and the rest follows. Buyers in GCC countries are apparently more likely to invest in a yacht from a shipyard which benefits from brand presence in the region." He considered that had his shipyard brought a yacht to the show his stand would have been significantly busier, but also reiterated that it is not a pleasant journey going through through the Gulf of Aden.