The Dubai Boat Show motors into a new location


The Dubai Boat Show motors into a new location

Yachties ahoy: the Dubai Boat Show 2018 has officially launched. Now at a brand new site on Dubai Canal, visitors can expect watersport tasters, flyboard demos, and the chance to step on board some of the finest yachts in the Gulf

“Don’t be surprised by this, but my old office used to be at Barasti,” joked His Excellency Saeed Hareb. Speaking at the launch of the Dubai Boat Show 2018, the Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council reminisced about the very beginnings of the event, which moved from Dubai World Trade Centre to Mina Seyahi (the site of the aforementioned office), and even the airport.

Now in a brand new location at the mouth of Dubai Canal, the emirate’s Boat Show promises much of the same excitement as previous years’ iterations – but with updated toys.
One of the most thrilling is a ‘flying yacht’, built by local company Enata. Based out of Sharjah and Switzerland, Enata’s team focuses on flying innovations – anything from drones to kite foils teed up for potential use in the Tokyo Olympics.

The foils on the craft’s bottom start to kick in at about 12 knots, raising the boat completely out of the water at 18 knots. According to a spokesperson, “the faster you go, the more stable it is: it’s the perfect boat for people that get seasick.”
The delivery of the first boat to its owner will be in 12 months, at a price of AED4.5m ($1.23m), with the group also reporting interest from police and military forces.
For those looking for something with a slightly more conservative price tag, the eye-catching Seabobs – or underwater scooters – are a more affordable alternative, starting from around AED36,195 ($9,900). Passengers can rent or buy the sporty machines to both skim on top of the water, as well as dive underneath.
The scooters are just some of the toys available inside Serenity, one the biggest yachts docked at Dubai Boat Show. The 72-metre yacht can fit 28 guests and is equipped with any water toy you can imagine – from Seabobs to jet skis, flyboards and scuba gear.
In total 845 companies and brands from 61 different countries are on display this year, of which 98 are new to the Boat Show. Some of the newcomers include Sovereign Seas Hermes from Greece, whose 86-metre yacht is docked offshore, and Mangusta, an Italian manufacturer of luxury long-range yachts.
Returnees to the show include Ferretti Group, an Italian shipbuilder headquartered in Forlì and which granted the media a sneak peek at their plans.
Visitors can check out their Pershing 70, one of the sleekest designs in any harbour, a craft described by Yachting Magazine as “phenomenal”.
Beyond superyachts, there are a host of other exciting activities and demonstrations. The DXB Paddling Race will see 150 participants in canoes, kayaks and surfskis battle it out on 3 March, and there will be various jetpack, flyboard and flybike demonstrations throughout the event.
For those looking to brush up on their watersports, Watercooled UAE is holding demos on SUP Yoga, paddling, kayaking and sailing on the beach, while visitors looking for relaxation can head to Nikki Beach Lounge, which will be drafting in DJs to play at sundown.
The Dubai Boat Show takes place at Dubai Canal and entry costs AED65 per person. For more information and tickets, visit 


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