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The Dubai International Boat Show’s 21st edition kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi. The region’s largest marine leisure exhibition will make a splash with more than 430 boats on display, including an impressive 30 premiers with 11 global launches and 19 regional launches set to enthral the over 26,000 expected visitors.
The packed programme of leisure marine activities at the Dubai International Boat Show gets under way at 3pm until 9.30pm and features luxurious superyachts, live entertainment, prize giveaways, water sports and more. With over 750 companies and brands from 49 countries selecting the Dubai International Boat Show as the platform to showcase their boats and marine industry products and services, this year’s event further demonstrates the importance of Dubai as a global platform to reach both regional and international buyers.
“The 21st Dubai International Boat Show is set to showcase the widest range of boats in the GCC, latest innovations, world premieres and regional launches. Dubai is a vital link to the Middle East and Asia and the Dubai International Boat Show has cemented its position as the region’s largest and most preferred sales platform – we anticipate strong results and large order books for exhibiting companies at the show this year. Visitors can also look forward to live entertainment, prize giveaways, luxury car displays, demonstrations and much more,” said Trixie Loh, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the event.
Visitors to this year’s show will be able to engage with members of the ‘Superyacht Experience’ from the elite Superyacht Builders Association, and also view over 19 of the world’s luxurious superyachts being showcased at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show.
“The Dubai International Boat Show is the region’s most lucrative platform for sales in the leisure marine community and it plays a vital role in continuing the growth of the industry. With an impressive line-up of launches, international and regional companies and brands and top quality boating vessels, we look forward to welcoming the tens of thousands of visitors and new boating enthusiasts that make this such a special event,” said Saeed Hareb, Senior Advisor, Dubai International Boat Show.
The Gulf Boating Conference and Luxury Supplies and Services (LSS) and Equipment Supplies and Services (ESS) Industry Seminars provide an opportunity for experts and industry professionals to address the latest trends, technologies and regulations affecting the marine leisure sector. The Gulf Boating Conference entitled “The Evolving Middle East Boating Market” takes place on March 6, 2013 and the LSS and ESS Industry Seminars take place from March 6 – 7, 2013 with topics ranging from training and development, diving in the GCC, yacht interiors and new technologies.
Dive Middle East, the region’s only dedicated diving exhibition, brings together international manufacturers and local suppliers of sub-aqua diving equipment and services, with live demonstrations and daily ‘try-a-dive’ sessions. Dive Middle East sees a 35% expansion over last year, with new international exhibitors for this segment travelling from France, Germany, Oman and the USA.
The popular Retail Village and Heritage Village return this year with spectacular live entertainment to be enjoyed throughout the show. Other exciting highlights include visitor prize draws with the chance to win amazing prizes throughout the show, including a Yamaha WaveRunner, opening passes and accommodation to the Cannes Film Festival, Champions League passes, a Yas Marina F1 race package and much more.
The exciting Supercar Promenade returns to the show for the third year and brings with it a range of limited edition models and the finest examples of engineering prowess available on four wheels. Bentley, Brabus, McLaren and Rolls Royce are some of the luxury motoring brands that will showcase their latest models.
With even easier access to this year’s Dubai International Boat Show, free Water Taxis are provided by the RTA from Skydive Dubai and Dubai Marina Mall and shuttle buses will provide transportation from Gateway Towers at the entrance of Palm Jumeirah. With these services, visitors can spend ample time enjoying the vast selection of yachts, boats, and the full range of marine equipment available at show.
The Dubai International Boat Show is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm to 9:30pm daily from tomorrow and runs from 5 – 9 March, 2013. General admission is AED60 per person for all attendees, while children under 12 will be admitted free of charge (they must be accompanied by an adult at all times). Access to the Marina Display Area may be restricted at certain times.