Countdown to the Dubai International Boat Show

The 24th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) will kick off in just two weeks time on the 1st March. Show organisers state that over 30,000 visitors are anticipated to attend the event over the course of five days hailing from a total of 120 different countries around the world, with in excess of 430 boats to be displayed both on land and water.

Changes to this year’s show sees organisers shift their focus on creating an ‘experiential lifestyle event,’ aiming to create a visitor experience that not only showcases superyachts, but encourages the maritime lifestyle as a whole. The show will offer visitors the opportunity to embark upon sailing and fishing trips, try water sport stunts, participate in taster sessions of stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing, as well as providing beach access for the first time in the history of the event, and on-yacht dining experiences.

Great events become truly exceptional when they become experiential in nature. Dubai, as an Emirate, has long spearheaded this trend and has developed an international reputation for being a must-visit global lifestyle destination, and the Dubai International Boat Show aims to embody this reputation as we continue to expand on our world class features,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, DWTC, organiser of Dubai International Boat Show.

In our almost two and a half decades of history, the show has clearly witnessed a shift in the way visitors want to participate and how exhibitors want to showcase their products. Increasingly, marine enthusiasts who attend our show are looking for an on-water experience which encourages more buyers of boats, marine accessories and water sports equipment – which further boosts the regional industry,” LohMirmand added.

Also new to this edition of DIBS are a host of interactive and free activities such as daily daredevil jetpack, flyboard and fly bike stunts in associated with yacht and watersports provider Day & Night Dubai.

Show sectors for this year include: Marina Display, Outdoor Display, Luxury and Lifestyle (LSS), Equipment Services and Supplies (ESS), and Diving. Returning again this year is the Superyacht Life area, bringing together the world’s leading superyacht builders under the banner of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), as well as show favourites Supercar Promenade, Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX) and the Retail Village, rounding out an even more expanded show lineup – including the arrival of Sahtein, a gourmet food event from Dubai Food Carnival.

DIBS will be held at Dubai International Marine Club in Mena Seyahi, Dubai, from 1st to 5th March.

By Gemma Fottles

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