Published: Thursday, 25 October 2018

The inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) 2018, hosted and organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) ended on a high note, reinforcing the opportunity for the marine sector in Abu Dhabi.

The four-day event attracted 21,123 local, regional and international visitors, who were treated to a fascinating display of the latest luxury yachts, leisure marine equipment and fishing equipment. As many as 270 exhibitors from 25 countries, as well as leading local manufacturers of luxury yachts, took part in the event.

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Luxury yachts and other leisure marine equipment were displayed side-by side with traditional fishing boats, dhows and abras, providing visitors a Uniquely Abu Dhabi experience. Major international firms and brands had the golden opportunity to explore the potential of the leisure marine market in Abu Dhabi and attract high net-worth individuals. the boat show is a significant addition to ADNEC’s diverse, growing portfolio of events, and a unique opportunity to promote the UAE capital as a global hub for the leisure marine industry.”

The final day of the show brought several exciting activities for visitors, with a wide range of motorized and non-motorized events to keep them entertained. Some of these events included the ‘Open 60’ yacht sailing experience with Pindar, a Keel Boats sailing experience with Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy; the Mako slingshot experience, and a carbon fibre-powered and motorized water skateboard experience. Non-motorized activities such as Seakart experiences and a traditional Abra experience fascinated the visitors and gave them a glimpse of the rich marine heritage of the country.

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Visitors also had the opportunity to enjoy F1 Powerboat rides with Team Abu Dhabi champion Thani Al Qemzi. ADIBS also featured a range of non-motorized water sports and activities by Watercooled, such as Water Yoga; Kayaking; Ecodonuts; Dingy Catamaran and Wind- surfing. 

The spectacular Flyboard show by Hydro Water Sports and a breath-taking Jet Ski freestyle show by Rashed Al Mulla were the highlights of the day. A musical performance by the Emirates Autism Chamber Orchestra, a Flyboard show by world champion Suscan Tongathi, and other live evening entertainments ensured that visitors of all ages were catered for. Masterclasses on Safety in Fishing, Trolling, Equipment Selection by Extreme Anglers, provided visitors with a never-before glimpse of life at sea. Al Bateen Marine Training also delivered an informative session on Anchors and Anchoring in both Arabic and English.