The Middle East region has more than 150,000 yachts in total, with local factories accounting for approximately 15 per cent of worldwide production, according to figures released by the organisers of the Dubai International Boat Show (Dibs).
As a result, this year’s exhibition to be held at the Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi from 11 to 15 March, has shown a growth by more than 30 per cent in the dedicated Luxury Supplies and Services area (LSS), with participation of almost 100 firms.
Today, Dibs has become one of the world’s primary showgrounds for super-yachts, the outstanding 23 metres plus (82-feet) luxury craft, which have come to represent the highest-end of the marine leisure market.
Four of the world’s largest yachts – including the magnificent 160m Platinum – are now owned by individuals and organisations based in the Middle East. Ten superyachts will be talking pride of place at this year’s event.
“The range of luxury boats and yachts on display has become one of the distinctive features of the Dubai International Boat Show over the years, and the 2008 event is set to be one of the most prestigious editions ever held,” said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director-General, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), organiser of the event.
“Today, boating is as much about the feeling of luxury as it is about the thrill of being out on the water and the Dibs is the only place in the region to source these exclusive yachts.”
For many participating companies, Dibs 2008 is an important opportunity to present their finest designs. A global array of companies are set to have an increased presence in 2008, including Amels and Feadship from The Netherlands, United States super yacht builders Burger, Trinity, Westport and Lazzara Yachts.
They will be joined by Warwick from New Zealand, Lurssen from Germany, Royal Denship from Denmark and Shama Yachts from Egypt, while Italy’s industry will be underlined by the presence of Canados, CRN, Ferreti, Fincantieri and San Lorenzo.
Kasper Fritz Bandholm, sales manager of Royal Denship, said: “Royal Denship is taking part in the show for the first time, but we have no doubt Dubai is the gateway to our sales opportunities in Middle East, India, Asia, and Australia.”
For UAE-based designer Brilliant Boats LLC, which will exhibit in the LSS area, Dibs 2008 provides an important platform to demonstrate its global credentials.
“Dibs is becoming one of the leading platforms for marine design and engineering professionals to demonstrate their experiences and skills and the focus provided by the dedicated LSS area offers a unique environment,” said Michael Schutte of Brilliant Boats.
Dibs is open to visitors and the general public, from 3pm-9.30pm daily. Children under 12 will be admitted free and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.