By Neil King
Hundreds of boats on show with collective value of more than US$250m
Close to 30,000 people are expected at the Dubai International Boat Show, which opens today with more than 430 boats and nineteen luxury superyachts on display.
The 21st edition of the hugely popular event is taking place at the Dubai International Club in Mina Seyahi and runs for five days, finishing on Saturday. There will be 750 companies and brands from 49 countries showcasing their various products.
The yachts on display share a collective value of more than AED1bn (US$250m), and to add to the glamour the show will also feature a supercar promenade, as well as a section dedicated to diving in the UAE.
Some 30 global and regional launches are expected to take place during the five days, including those from Al Shaalie Marine, IMG Boats and Van Dutch, among others.
Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO of event organisers Dubai World Trade Centre and director general of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “This year’s impressive line-up of global and regional launches and the large increase in international participation serves as a true barometer of the stability and strength of the regional marine industry.”
The show is open from 3pm-9.30pm each day, and a free shuttle bus service is available from the parking locations at the Gateway Towers, Skydive Dubai and Dubai Marina Mall. Tickets are available at the entrance priced AED60 (US$16).