Published: Tuesday, 01 March 2016

The 24th edition of Dubai International Boat Show (Mar 1-5) at Dubai International Marine Club - Mina Seyahi, boasts an impressive 39 boat launches, including 16 global and 23 regional launches.

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Dubai has become one of the world’s key locations in which yacht and boat owners, water sports enthusiasts, and industry figures can both see and buy the world’s very newest pleasure craft of all shapes, sizes, and uses.

The Middle East is a thriving market for yachts and boats. According to the Superyacht Builders’ Association (SYBAss), the region’s market for yachts greater than 40-metres in length has grown at an average of six per cent per year from 2009 to 2015. Among the Middle East’s ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWIs: those whose net worth is more than USD 30 million), 55 per cent are likely to buy a yacht longer than 40-metres, representing the highest propensity to buy for any region globally.

As host city for one of the world’s most anticipated leisure marine events, Dubai combines a geostrategic location between East and West with an attractive tax-free, pro-business environment, a significant population of resident High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), and strong appeal for regional and international visitors.

Alongside its reputation for superyachts and new launches, the Dubai show is also establishing its name for supporting a full spectrum of water sports.

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“We want Dubai International Boat Show to be an immersive experience for all visitors,” says His Excellency Saeed Harib, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, Vice President and Chairman of Dubai International Marine Club - Mina Seyahi, and Senior Advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show.

The event will feature 450 boats on display, with more than 800 companies and brands from 55 countries exhibiting.

Azimut Yachts will be displaying six models at the event including the Atlantis 50, Azimut 50, Magellano 53, Azimut 77S, Azimut 80 and Azimut 100 Leonardo.

Ferretti Group, in collaboration with local exclusive dealers Art Marine and Sea Pros, is lining up a fleet of seven yachts representing the Riva and Pershing brands. Making its debut in the UAE is the newest coupé of the Riva fleet – the 76’ Perseo.

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(Riva 76' Perseo)

UAE-based shipbuilder Gulf Craft will have one of the largest displays at the show, with 10 vessels including the 41.5m Majesty 135 and the newly revamped Silvercraft 31 HT. 

Australia-based yachting company Riviera, with the help of local dealer SF Yachts, is displaying three yachts at the event: the 77 Enclosed Flybridge, the stylish 3600 Sport Yacht and the classic Belize 54 Daybridge.

Netherlands-based Heesen Yachts and Italy’s Mondomarine will also be showcasing in the SYBAss-supported Superyacht Life section.

“The Middle East unveiling of the M/Y Serenity, the first of the new SF line, is particularly significant for us,” says Mondomarine co-owner Roberto Zambrini. “Mondomarine developed the SF line in collaboration with its regional partner, SF Yachts, with interior styling by Mrs Fetema Almaidan and exterior by Mr Luca Vallebona, penned in Dubai at SF sister company, SFL Design.”

New for 2016, the show will extend to the beach for the first time, offering taster sessions of popular water sports. Other new features include hands-on experiences where visitors can learn the basics of owning and driving a boat, as well as fishing.

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With potential first-time boat owners set to make up a large number of the expected visitor turnout, the Dubai International Boat Show has ensured a wide range of small to medium sized builders will be participating to showcase a range of craft that also includes speed boats, jet skis, quad skis and other marine leisure products.

Visitors can also experience the first round of the 2016 F1H2O World Championship, happening alongside Dubai International Boat Show. Eighteen drivers, from nine teams representing 11 countries, will compete in Dubai’s first ever Grand Prix (Mar 2-4), kicking off the 33rd season of the F1H2O World Championship. The 2016 line-up includes three World Champions, and 12 Grand Prix winners and runners up. Entry is free for all boat show attendees.