More than 100 new companies from over 24 countries will be exhibiting at the 20th anniversary of the Dubai International Boat Show.
The first-time exhibitors will be showcasing their world-class products across the entire spectrum of the Boat Show’s unrivalled displays, from superyachts and luxury supplies & services to diving equipment and water-sports innovations.
Austria, Egypt, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Tunisia and Poland will be making debuts at the Middle East’s largest and most successful international boat show, alongside new exhibitors from Australia, Bahrain, China, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Taiwan, UAE, UK, and the US.
“It is not only the number of new exhibitors at the Dubai International Boat Show which reflects the event’s growing commercial success, but the show’s expanding geographical reach which illustrates its importance in the global leisure marine market and the enormous business potential in the region,” said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the show.
A total of 750 exhibiting companies and brands from 40 countries will be represented at the show, which runs from 13-17 March 2012 at the Dubai International Marine Club. New exhibitors include Fehrmann, Oldenburger and Piening Propeller from Germany; Milano Teleport and RE-Boat Srl from Italy,
Dutch Truster Group and Mave from The Netherlands; Green Marine and Rollins Marine & Caravan Services from the United Kingdom and Abeking & Rasmussen as a part of the SYBAss Pavillion, among many others.
One of North Africa’s leading shipyards, Koot Yachts, will be making their Dubai Boat Show debut with a bang, as they present one of the show’s many global launches.
Engr. Seif Elislam Abdulfattah, Administrative Director, Koot Yachts International, said:
“Koot 54 is the first yacht for Koot Yachts International. It will be displayed at Dubai International Boat Show, the window for all Arabian Gulf. “Loft on the Sea” is the philosophy which inspired the shipyard in the creation of this 16 meter yacht. The Dubai International Boat Show is the perfect platform for our global launch to ensure that we not only have a large audience, but a targeted one, suited to our brand and products. It is also an excellent opportunity to introduce ourselves to other high-calibre marine businesses from around the world. There is no better place to do that than Dubai and no better event than this show.”
Among the many other new entrants, Worth Avenue Yachts, based in Florida will be looking not only to make sales in the Middle East but build new contacts from the international audience the show attracts.
Brian Tansey said: “As a highly successful business based in Palm Beach, we already have an excellent client base, but the Dubai International Boat Show is an ideal platform for us to expand our market into the Middle East and beyond. We realise that there are many high net worth individuals in the region, and we will certainly be focussing on their needs, but it is also a great opportunity for us to network with the hundreds of international businesses at the show and pursue other avenues. The show is ideally placed to bring together world-class industry leaders and we want to make sure we are part of that.”
Also unveiling their products for the first time in the Middle East, WOW Sports will showcase their amazing ‘towables’ – a range of extreme water-sports equipment towed by speedboats for some of the most thrilling rides on the water.
The company’s founder, Leroy Peterson, guarantees that his products will make serious waves. “Our torpedo tubes we will make sure that the crowds will be as thrilled by the action we make during our displays as they are by the fantastic other boats on show at the exhibition.”
The Dubai International Boat Show brings together many of the yachting and boating world’s most famous and prestigious names. Among these, a record number of 11 Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) members, the most respected and exclusive superyacht association globally. Among the prized names, Abeking & Rasmussen, AMELS, Benetti, Feadship, Fincantieri, Heesen Yachts, Lurssen, Oceanco, San Lorenzo, and Trinity Yachts, have all confirmed their participation at the 20th anniversary edition of the show and will showcase their latest yacht models and designs in the dedicated SYBAss Pavillion.
The vast number of new exhibitors coupled with the Dubai International Boat Show stalwarts including Al Shaali, Aquaspeed. ART Marine, Azimut, Cummins, Emirates Boats, Gulf Craft – who is celebrating its 30th anniversary - Heinen & Hopman, Princess Yachts, Sunseeker and Westport also ensure that the 2012 Dubai International Boat Show will be the most successful yet.
Leading marine equipment companies such as Exalto Emirates, Elcome, Gulf Development Systems, Japan Marine, MTU and Yamaha are also investing heavily in the Dubai International Boat Show due to increased demand from regional boat builders, and the latest international marine technology will be showcased by specialist exhibitors from the national pavillions of Australia, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Turkey and South Korea among others.
Other key segments of the show include the Superyacht Boulevard, exclusively reserved for the showcasing of superyachts of 25 metres and above; the Marina Display Area, comprising of the largest on-water display in the Middle East; the Luxury Supplies & Services housing the finest luxury boat builders from around the world; and Equipment Supplies & Services, an indoor area filled with exhibitors specialising in products essential to the supply and servicing of the leisure marine industry.
And following on from the hugely successful inaugural Supercar Promenade last year, the finest models on four wheels will be back in force at the show with world class marquees including Bentley, Brabus, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz that will align perfectly with the prestige of the high end boating brands.
Among the key sponsors, the Dubai International Boat Show welcomes back some of the most prestigious names in their respected fields, emphasising both the world class calibre of the exhibitors and the quality of VIP visitors and buyers that attend the show annually. For the third year in a row, Mercedes-Benz is supporting the event as the official show car; one of the world’s most elite watch brands, Officine Panerai also returns for the third consecutive year and leading private jet manufacturer, Bombardier, joins the show along with Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC) as major supporters for the first time.
The 20th anniversary of the Dubai International Boat Show will be held at the Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi from 13 – 17 March 2012 and will open to trade visitors and the general public from 3:00pm – 9:30pm daily.