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Dubai boat show to showcase $272m worth of yachts

23rd edition of Dubai International Boat Show to feature 430 vessels on land and water

Dubai boat show to showcase $272m worth of yachts

The 23rd Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) takes place this week at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi and the event, which runs from on March 3 to 7, will showcase 430 boats on land and water, as well as the latest innovations in marine equipment and accessories.

“This year’s Dubai International Boat Show will reaffirm Dubai’s status as a leisure marine hub. As the water-based lifestyle becomes increasingly popular in Dubai, we will see this sector continue to expand and grow in the future,” said vice chairman of the Dubai International Marine Club Board, Dr. Khalid Al Zahed.

According to the organiser, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the event will also showcase yachts worth AED1 billion ($272 million).

Other show sectors include the Supercar Promenade, a display of the latest supercars, Heritage Village, a retail outlet showcasing the UAE’s maritime culture, and the Marina Talks, a seminar offering tips and tricks from naval experts.

Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment, competitions, and prizes giveaways such as scuba diving vouchers, boat rides, and hotel stays.

This year’s DIBS is said to host over 800 companies and brands from 54 countries. It is expected to house tens of thousands of visitors from 120 countries.

Last year, the show welcomed 26,000 local and global visitors.

According to the 2015 Show Boats International Global Order Book, the UAE currently ranks ninth in the world for superyacht manufacturing.

It has 15 maritime projects currently under development, with new projects set to be announced.

The DIBS is open to all visitors from 3pm – 9.30pm daily.

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