The countdown is almost over and organizers are days away from launching the 21st Dubai International Boat Show, the leading yacht event in the Middle East and one of the most eagerly-awaited marine fair’s in the world.
Excitement at the Dubai International Marine Centre in Mina Seyahi is at fever pitch as the stands take shape and the exhibition centers are mounted. Organizers of the show, the Dubai World Trade Centre, are confident that this year’s yacht event will be even bigger and better than last year’s – already a proven success.
In 2012, a record number of Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAs) members attended the show and even more are expected to participate in this year’s event, which begins on March 5th. At the last count, there were no fewer than 30 new exhibitors across all sectors from as far afield as Malta, Tunisia and Malaysia who had signed up to attend the four-day show.
Without doubt the most popular facet of the Dubai International Boat Show is the display of superyachts and to date, the Dubai World Trade Centre has confirmed that an impressive total of 19 of the world’s most luxurious superyachts will be showcased this year in the Superyacht Pavilion.
Among the luxury brands that are currently en route for the UAE include Italian yachting giants Benetti, German shipbuilders Lürssen, American luxury shipyard Palmer Johnson, and Sanlorenzo, from Italy.
Indeed one of the highlights of this year will be the Sanlorenzo Alloy 40, a stunning motor yacht built in Northern Italy.
Another Italian firm that will be attending the show is Mondo Marine, from Savona, a specialist in superyachts which will be participating in the Dubai International Boat Show for the first time.
Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President of Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The Dubai International Boat Show is synonymous with luxury yachting, and is the perfect opportunity for superyacht builders to market their high-end products to a burgeoning audience. The development of the Superyacht Experience pavilion supports the growing demand for superyachts in this lucrative market from regional buyers.”