This year’s event is scheduled to run from March 4 to 8 at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, and is expected to gather approximately 840 exhibitors from more than 50 countries – an impressive 12 per cent more than 2013.
More than 26,000 visitors from more than 70 different countries, including 5,000 VIPs, are expected to attend the event, including top clientele and royalty from the GCC region, Asia and Africa.
Erwin Bamps, chief operating officer at Gulfcraft – the UAE-based manufacturer of boats and yachts, and one of the world’s top ten superyacht shipyards – says: “More than simply a great place for yacht enthusiasts to visit, there is a vision for the UAE’s superyacht building industry that it will slowly, but surely, increase its output until it is one of the very top manufacturing bases for luxury yachts anywhere in the world. At this point, the UAE’s shipbuilding growth appears to be unstoppable.”
According to the McKinsey Global Private Banking Survey 2013, the total high net worth wealth in the Middle East region is predicted to increase by $3.3 trillion by 2014, positively impacting regional buying power and stimulating further growth across the sector.
Gregor Stinner, CEO of ART MARINE, the Middle East region’s largest and most recognised 360-degree regional leisure yachting enterprise, highlighted the importance of capitalising on the boating industry’s recovery. “Now is the time for leisure boating companies to show their colours, as we see an upswing in the market and a resurgence of quality buyers looking to purchase boats upwards of 40 metres and the new boat market increasing particularly swiftly,” says Stinner.
In addition to all the services provided in the 2013 edition, this year’s event will feature an On Water VIP Experience where high-end guests can enjoy a lavish on-board superyacht catering service. Exclusive parties and networking events will be held throughout the event to facilitate relationship building among key players.
Show sectors will include: The Superyacht Experience, Marina Display, Outdoor Display, Luxury Supplies and Services (LSS), Equipment Supplies and Services (ESS), Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX) and Supercar Promenade.
This year’s Dubai International Boat Show promises to eclipse the success of last year’s edition with top-notch companies in the marine industry and boat aficionados converging from across the globe.