Dubai, UAE: The 25th Dubai International Boat Show wrapped up a successful first day after opening its doors to thousands of local, regional and overseas visitors, displaying a range of marine-centric products, luxurious superyacht launches and small to mid-sized watercraft. As well as 19 superyachts at the event, Dubai International Boat Show features something for everyone including diving, luxury property, super cars and entertainment for the whole family.
Running from Feb 28th until 4th March at Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the five-day event is attracting visitors and professionals interested in all sectors of the maritime industry, providing a platform for regional and global companies from 60 countries to interact with a diverse customer base.
Launching the Ferretti Yachts 550 and Custom Line Navetta 28 for the first time in the region, UAE-based superyacht supplier ART Marine remains optimistic for the next 12 months in spite of global perceptions.
Greg Stinner, CEO of ART Marine said: “It’s been an exciting day given it’s the first day of the 25th anniversary show and of course there are very high expectations by the audience, the press and even from ourselves as exhibitors.
“I think today we have a more educated clientele, people who understand the industry, and 60% of our customers are already boat owners who have either come to us because they would like a change or because we give them the opportunity to trade-in. Today’s client is much more aloof and they know what they want and what’s in the market, and if you’re a dealership that has brands that don’t offer that then you’ll be getting a smaller share of the market.”
Among the superyacht manufacturers launching luxury vessels were emirates-based Gulf Craft, celebrating their 35 years in tandem with the show’s silver jubilee.
Erwin Bamps, CEO, Gulf Craft said: “This year represents a very important milestone for Gulf Craft, with the shipyard having completed 35 years of craftsmanship. We are honoured to celebrate this achievement at the 25th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, our home event.”
Among the exhibitors showcasing new projects were Ayia Napa Marine, displaying their latest mixed-use marina and waterfront residences positioned on the Cypriot coast. Valued at EUR220million, the development will boast a 600-berth marina and 190 spacious apartments which include a Permanent Residency Permit.
“Our presence at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show allows us to reach a greater pool of investors – specifically yachting and marine enthusiasts – who are looking at their next purchase, with the added benefit of gaining EU citizenship,” said Stavros Caramondanis, Ayia Napa Marina CEO.
With an expanding market and consumer interest for mid to small-sized boats, brands such as Fairline, Princess Yachts and Prestige were out in full force showing off their latest products. The appeal for vessels in the segment has seen a large increase over the past couple of years as a new wave of customers with varying budgets enter the market.
As well as a large display of water craft from some of the industry leading brands, the show offers sights and attractions for all tastes. The supercar promenade returns with the best in motoring excellence on show including a Bentley Continental GT, McLaren 570 GT, Maserati Levante, Mercedes-Benz G 500 4×4, Aston Martin DB11 and a Lamborghini Huracán.
Additionally, the show’s beach area offers a scenic backdrop with a variety of entertainment and food and beverage options, a marine Art Gallery, featuring original works of art, daily stunt shows, and hands on boating experiences.
The 25th Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9.30pm daily from Feb 28 to March 4, 2017. Tickets are available at the gates for AED 60