Published: Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Mike Fulton

The government of Abu Dhabi said in a recent statement that it plans to start building powerboats for offshore racing and to develop its local boating industry.

Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, president of the board of directors for Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), made the announcement during a visit to Marine Technology Inc (MTI) in Wentzville, Missouri. He said the proposal to develop race boats and other boats in the Emirate has the backing of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. Both leaders toured MTI's facility recently.

Abu Dhabi To Start Building Powerboats

“The decision has been made to emphasize the importance of the successes of the ADIMSC and to continue to promote Abu Dhabi through global Class 1 marine sport racing,” said the statement. “The presence of these new race boats in the World Championship will also boost the reach and strength of this form of racing.”

Sheikh Mohammed said power and sailboat racing will help boost tourism. "The participation of various teams from Abu Dhabi in all competitions will help us to achieve this goal. We want to be at the very pinnacle of all forms of racing,” he added.

New competition race boats will be built later this year for use by Team Abu Dhabi in 2014. MTI and Abu Dhabi have entered into a technical agreement to produce the race boats. The statement said the country would also build other boats for fishing, scuba diving and military uses.

MTI founder and owner Randy Scism said he was looking forward to working with the Emirate. “We are proud to have been chosen to provide the technical support on this project and we are sure that this will open the door to greater benefits for both parties,” he said.