Global brands gearing up for first Abu Dhabi boat show
Published: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Local and international builders and marine companies are gearing up for the inaugural edition of Abu Dhabi International Boat Show from October 17-20 at the 31,000sqm National Exhibition Centre purpose-built marina.
Participation has been well received from the Middle East companies. Al Suwaidi Marine will be launching its new 29ft boat, ASM 29; Delma Marine will present the latest model of Boston Whaler 210 Montauk and the new Mercury V8 300 engine; ASIS Boats will show its amphibious boat and the new beach lander boat; Sulaco Arabia will conduct the Middle East launch of the Tullio Abbate range, which includes the Elite 27R, the Sea Star RS, Sea Star Racing and the Tullio Abbate Kid; SF Yachts will show the MC6; last but not least, Gulf Craft will be launching a new models from its leisure range.
International players are also strengthening their position in the region. Australia’s Riviera will show the flybridge Rcat50, Rcat38 and the Closed Abra; UK’s Princess will exhibit its Princess 55; SF Yachts; and Italian manufacturer Keelcrab will release the latest models of drone-operated hull cleaners, the regional launch in the Middle East.
“We remain highly confident that the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show will open doors to a new world of boating and fishing tools within the UAE, accompanied by a rush of potential opportunities that will benefit the players in the maritime industry,” said Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Al Suwaidi Marine.
“We are excitedly looking forward to this highly anticipated event, which we believe will be a strategic platform to showcase and highlight the best that the boating industry has to offer.”
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC, organiser of the event, said: “We highly welcome the strong interest of international companies and leading players in the luxury yachts and boats and fishing tools industry to participate in the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show and showcase their latest products.
“This reflects ADNEC’s ever-growing strength and capability in hosting international high-profile events and further promotes Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading regional and global events destination.”
According to a Frost & Sullivan report, the global recreational boat market is expected to be worth US$23 billion by the end of this year and is on track to reach US$30 billion by 2022. The report further cited that the UAE recreational boat market is forecast to reach US$1.5 billion in 2018, showcasing the potential this market has.