Dubai International Boat Show opens to record first day visitor numbers

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of the Emirates Group and Vice Chairman of Dubai World Trade Centre today inaugurated the 15th Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS).


HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum officially opens the 2007 Dubai International Boat Show with Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, DWTC (left) and Saeed Harib, managing director of the Dubai International Marine Club (right)

As the largest marine event ever held in the Middle East, DIBS, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre, has attracted thousands of visitors from across the region with many travelling from Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait specifically for the event.

"To have so many trade and leisure visitors coming on the first day of the show demonstrates the significance the Dubai International Boat Show has in the marine calendar. This is a result of the huge variety of boats, equipment, attractions and accessories at the show this year, ensuring there is something to suit all tastes and budgets," said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, DWTC.

Following success at the DIBS 2006, a number of major Middle East companies have unveiled an enhanced presence at this year’s show including Al Hareb, Al Shaya Marine, Al Yousuf, ART Marine, Gulf Craft and Western Marine.

After officially opening the boat show in front of record first day crowds HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the royal party toured the exhibition in which more than 700 companies are taking part.

DIBS is divided into four main areas: the Marina Display Area, displaying both power and sailing boats; and the Luxury Supplies and Services Area, an indoor air-conditioned area bringing together boat builders, waterside developers, interior design companies, charters and brokers.

There is also the External Area, which showcases small to medium sized craft; and the Equipment Supplies and Services Area, grouping together an extensive range of marine equipment supplies and services

Taking place from the 13 to 17 March at the Dubai International Marine Club, the event is the largest display of boats, marine supplies and services in the Middle East, attracting consumer, marine enthusiasts and trade buyers from across the world.

The on-water area has been specially expanded to accommodate increased demand from exhibitors, with 142 boats on the water throughout for the event. This year’s Boat Show also sees a 53 percent increase in participating companies.

The show is open free of charge to trade with general public tickets costing AED 35 per person. Access to the on-water marina area may be restricted at times and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied at all times.

As well as viewing the state-of-the-art watercraft on display at the show, visitors will have the opportunity to win a brand new Yamaha SuperJet WaveRunner and a Laser Pico dinghy.

Marine industry professionals will also be taking part in the 3rd Gulf Boating Conference, which takes place at the Boat Show on the mornings of the 14 and 15 March, and is this year entitled, "The Expanding Regional Market".

Parking at the Dubai International Boat Show is free of charge and is conveniently located just 3 minutes away. Free shuttle buses will be on hand to transport visitors to and from the venue.

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