By Andy Sambidge
Customer digs deep for 40-metre Sunseeker, organisers report strong sales on first three days
Dubai International Boat Show has recorded its biggest sale of the event so far with a 40-metre Sunseeker superyacht fetching AED100m.
Exhibitors across the board have reported good sales with smaller boats, mid-range and superyachts all selling well in the first three days of the event, organisers said in a statement on Friday.
Sunseeker is one of the Dubai International Boat Show's most prestigious brands and one of the five largest exhibitors at this year's event.
The show has so far been an excellent sales channel for the company which, in the 2010 edition of the show, sold a 38-metre superyacht for AED72m among other significant deals.
"The Dubai International Boat Show is recognised globally as the leading event for the entire marine industry in the Middle East, and the sale of the spectacular Sunseeker superyacht is a prime example of the growing confidence in the leisure marine market," said Trixee Loh, senior vice president, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the event.
Arif Oomer, director, Sunseeker Middle East said: "The Dubai International Boat Show is without doubt the Middle East's flagship show for the boating community, and for exhibitors there is no better business platform. Next year, for the 20th anniversary of the show, Sunseeker will have an extremely strong line-up of superyachts and we know that this is the event to present them to our target audience."
More than 750 exhibitors, including 200 first timers, are participating at the Dubai International Boat Show 2011, being held at the Dubai International Marine Club - Mina Seyahi, from March 1-5.
A Sunseeker with a length of 40 meters is by far NOT a super yacht. It's just an expensive hobby...
Think you will find that she is a super yacht. I have heard that one of the earlier vessels in the range has been nominated for the world super yacht awards later this year........ Sunseeker have definitely stepped up their game in the last few years and their top range yachts are certainly worthy of being considered in this category