Published: Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), which ran Mar 3-7, reported over AED180 million (HK$380 million) in sales. With 430 boats and over 800 exhibiting companies and brands from 54 countries, the 23rd annual event was a grand success, attracting more than 26,000 visitors.

Strong Sales And Attendance At Dubai International Boat Show

“We know that Dubai International Boat Show draws serious buyers, and this year has been no exception,” says Sultan Al Shaali, CEO of UAE-based Al Shaali Group. “Not only are we expecting to sell superyachts and boats, but we’ve also inked three dealership agreements – one regionally and two in Europe – to supply our high quality, UAE-manufactured luxury yachts to even more buyers.”

The deluxe 77 Enclosed Flybridge from Riviera, touted as the largest, most luxurious and most technologically advanced Riviera ever and unveiled to the Middle East for the first time at the show, sold on day four through its exclusive regional distributor, SF Yachts. On the same day, local 360-degree leisure marine company ART Marine reported the sale of the luxury Italian-made Fiart 47. 

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Regional specialists Delma Marine recorded record sales of its Mercury engines, amphibious Quadski and Boston Whaler line of sports boats.

Local manufacturer Al Hareb Marine also reported the sale of four boats.

First-time exhibitor Brodie Boats, premier wake boat specialist and authorised dealer for Moomba and Supra wake boats, has already seen a massive return on investment from exhibiting, after visiting the show last year.

Returning exhibitor MTM Powersports, distributor for Sea-Doo watercraft and Can-Am vehicles in the region sold 12 Sea-Doos, as well as two of the only Middle East-built jet boats.

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Exhibitors from the show’s new sectors: DIBS Fishing, DIBS Sailing and DIBS Watersports also fared well, with sales taking place every day of the show.

“Kayaks have been our most popular product,” says Sterenn Bourges, CEO and Owner of Sea-You water sports company. “We sold four on the first day and continued to sell many every day. The turnout has been amazing and we’ll definitely be exhibiting again next year.”

Hani Dahlin, Managing Director of Dar Al Tawasel Group, distributor for the dolphin-shaped seabreacher vessel reported more than 30 units sold.

“We’ve had some very interesting customers ranging from residents to GCC nationals to tourists visiting the show and seeing the range of boats and products on display, and buying on the spot,” says Dahlin. “It has been a very successful show for us.”