Lebanon’s biggest boat and yacht show is making a comeback this spring at the Port of Beirut’s Pier 1 in Downtown after a hiatus in 2013.
The ninth edition of the luxurious Beirut Boat Show will take place from May 14 to 18 and promises to bring together world’s best boat and yacht dealers, owners and buyers.
Show attendees can expect all sorts of vessels, ranging from sailboats to ultra-luxurious superyachts, along with nautical novelties. On land, the expo will host stands for boat repair and maintenance services,as well as equipment shops. It will also showcase a number of other events catering to the Lebanese luxury market; car collections from the country’s high-end dealers will be on display alongside designer fashion, jewellery, furniture and watches.
The 2012 Beirut Boat Show witnessed massive sales, where participating companies made millions of dollars in sales. For the new edition, organisers are predicting visits by 30,000 attendants over the course of expo, with 130 exhibitors participating from across Europe and the Middle East region. This year’s international exhibitors will come from neighbouring Cyprus and Turkey, GCC countries, Egypt, Germany, Italy and the UK. The show will also highlight 60 different boats docked at the port, according to the organisers.
Previously held at Dbayeh’s Marina, the annual boat showis organised by locally based event planners, International Fairs and Promotions (IFP), along with German trade fair organisers, Messe Dusseldorf. The 2013 show was cancelled due to instability in the country, but this year’s edition is making a strong comeback in line with the improving situation and growing tourism.
“The Beirut Boat Show reflects horizons of growth for the future of the maritime industry and its luxury segment in the Middle East region,” says Albert Aoun, IFP’s CEO. “This event’s resounding success substantiates its vital role as a comprehensive platform that promotes business and investment opportunities, and brings together celebrated boat and yacht construction companies from around the worldin Beirut.”
The show’s growth over the past decade reflects an expanding regional interest in boating, particularly, the highly successful Dubai International Boat Show, which took place from March 4 to 8.
Six percent of the boats on display at the Beirut Boat Show 2014 will come from GCC countries.