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Mohammed visits Dubai Canvas Festival

By Wam

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, visited the Dubai Canvas Festival at the Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Sheikh Mohammed and his delegation toured the festival that is organised by Brand Dubai, a subsidiary of the Government of Dubai Media Office.

His Highness asserted that art is bridge that connect nations and create a common ground for understanding and tolerance.

He said art opens doors between different cultures and encourage peace, coexistence and harmony.

Sheikh Mohammed said that innovation is a prerequisite for excellence, assuring that creativity is original element for our future as the leadership is working hard to guarantee happiness for people and, on the other hand, confirm our country’s excellence.

His Highness called everyone to adopt innovation to recognise quality achievements.

Director General of Dubai Media Office Mona Al Marri briefed His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the festival’s concept and objectives in the light of His Highness’ directives to change Dubai into an open-air museum and promote Dubai as the global home for innovation and art, meanwhile capturing Dubai’s spirit as one of the world’s fastest growing cities.

During his tour, Sheikh Mohammed browsed through the artistic exhibits that were executed by 3D pavement art elites, including the founding father of 3D pavement art Kurt Wenner and number of Emirati and international artists.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed admired the idea of the festival and its objectives, and he directed that more of such creative events to be organised in Dubai to enrich the emirate’s innovation environment and provide the young Emirati artist a convenient opportunity to interact with experts.

Mohammed tours Dubai boat show

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, visited the Dubai International Boat Show 2015, the region’s premier marine leisure exhibition now in its 23rd year, in front of thousands of global visitors.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai accompanied Sheikh Mohammed during the tour.

The Dubai International Boat Show 2015 runs from March 3-7 at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, and is expected to draw over 26,000 visitors from more than 120 countries, including High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), first time boat owners, marine leisure and sports enthusiasts, and families making the most of the show’s interactive experiences.

The 23rd edition of the show will have more than 430 vessels worth approximately Dh1 billion on display, and a wide range of activities from water sports, ‘live’ demonstrations, expert talks and new zones dedicated to sailing, fishing and water sports.

"As the popularity of maritime leisure activities continues to soar in the region, the boat show strives to meet growing demand by expanding the show’s activities and bringing together key regional and global exhibiting brands and companies, leading boat builders, and maritime trade associations, along with key industry thought leaders at yesterday’s Middle East Yachting Conference.

“The show continues to promote on-going maritime trade and investment opportunities in the UAE," said Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, the event organiser.

With over 800 brands and companies exhibiting from more than 54 countries, the Dubai International Boat Show reflects the growing popularity of maritime leisure activities in the region, as event organisers report a 10% increase in new exhibitors compared to 2014.

Visitors can view hundreds of boats on land and water across a variety of zones which include: Marina Display, Outdoor Display, Marine Luxury and Lifestyle, Equipment Services and Supplies (ESS), and Diving Middle East Exhibitions (DMEX). At the stunning Marina Display, visitors are sure to be impressed by the Superyacht Life Area where the prestigious Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) will showcase the superyacht lifestyle and experience with the world’s leading superyacht builders.

The show will host 45 premiers in total including today’s global launch of Gulf Craft’s Majesty 122, the Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge from SF Yachts, Behnemar Middle East’s 77m Silverfast superyacht – touted by its Australian manufacturer as the largest and fastest aluminium yacht ever constructed - and the global debut of the Comet Power Cat Line from Italian boat manufacturer Comar Yachts Middle East launches include the 44GT 14m grand tourer from new exhibitor Revolver Yachts, and new members of the Azimut Yachts Flybridge collection, brought to the region by Seas and Deserts Group.

Potential first-time boat owners seeking to enter the lifestyle will be able to peruse a large number of small to medium sized craft that include boats as well as jet skis, quad skis and other marine leisure products from exhibitors such as Delma Marine, Ocean Boats and Dar Al Tawasel Services.

This year’s Dubai International Boat Show features additional interactive zones in the Outdoor Display: DIBS Sailing, DIBS Fishing, and DIBS Water Sports, as the popularity of these sports continues to soar in the region.  Located near these sections will be the Marine Talks zone, where visitors can pick up tips and hear stories from global sailing, fishing and water sports experts.

Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX), supported by Emirates Diving Association, returns with ‘live’ and interactive demonstrations and first hand access to the latest diving techniques, skills and products. Even more of the latest luxurious and exclusive vehicles from premier manufacturers will be on display in the Supercar Promenade, taking place alongside the show.

Visitors can also enter competitions and prize giveaways, and a vast array of entertainment and show-stopping prizes are available to marine leisure enthusiasts and members of the public this year.

Key returning partners include Italian luxury watch brand Officine Panerai, Mercedes Benz and Emirates Diving Association. Bombardier, the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains, returns as a Supporting Partner.

The event will be open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9:30 pm daily, for Dh60.