Abu Dhabi Yacht Show 2010: The Superyachts

The Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (ADYS) 2010 berths in its stunning new home of the UAE capital’s Yas Marina this week with a line‐up of 30 of the world’s most impressive superyachts and some 140 exhibitors representing international industry powerhouses. Making a powerful statement of Abu Dhabi’s ambitions to evolve into a superyacht hub, the exhibition line‐up includes several new builds – including the 65m Trident, the 62m RoMa, the 73m Silver Zwei, 48m Australis and 41m Blink – that will make their debut in the Middle East, to an admiring audience of yacht enthusiasts from the region.

Other spectacular superyachts include the luxurious 60m Linda Lou, the 67m Allure Shadow, 48m Ellix Too, 43m Le Yana and 39m Red Sapphire, arresting in both exterior dimensions and interior extravagance, along with lavish megayachts such as the 90m Lauren L , 85m Alysia and 104m Loaloat Al Behar, whose dramatic scale promise to impress.

Other highlights include the unveiling of the ES 117, a Weyves Couture by international fashion designer Elie Saab megayacht, the Devonport OneSixty Concept launched with Belgium’s Emocean Yacht Design and the super‐green, superyacht Soliloquy by the UK’s Callender Designs.

The exhibitor profile is a heady mix of international market‐leaders and emerging Gulf players. It includes US shipyard Westport, Dutch heavyweight Feadship and other Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) members such as Amels BV of The Netherlands, Fincantieri Yachts from Italy, the USA’s Burger Boat Company and Trinity Yachts, alongside Abu Dhabi marina developer Aldar Properties, regional vessel builders Abu Dhabi MAR Group and Gulf Craft, and yacht managers and distributers Art Marine.

“The show is an unrivalled forum for Abu Dhabi to present its expanding marine leisure and superyacht credentials to industry leaders, who we hope will partner our development, and an audience of regional high‐net‐worth individuals,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, Events Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which is the show’s headline sponsor.

Photos by Merijn de Waard

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