By Shane McGinley
French firm says Gliss-Speed craft drawing interest from Arab buyers
A French company manufacturing
environmental friendly, electric-powered pleasure crafts has seen increased
interest from Arab clients since it set up its first international office in
Dubai, and could be close to signing its first deal when it exhibits at the Dubai
International Boat Show next week.
Gliss-Speed, described as a
‘water kart’, is powered by electric batteries and does not require a licence
to operate. The manufacturer has launched its first venture outside France in
Dubai and is planning to exhibit at the Dubai International Boat Show next
“We are working with hotels and
water sport companies, some of them are very interested by our product,” Hugo
Plancq, Gliss-Speed’s Dubai-based spokesperson, told Arabian Business. “This is
a new product and we just started working here few months ago. We are confident
to close our first deal for five boats before the beginning of the Boat Show
but I cannot give more details at the moment."
“The Gulf countries are well
adapted for our product, they are sunny, the water is calm and the tourism
activities are developing. Not forgetting the fact that this region is famous
in the world for always being at the leading edge of technology,” Plancq said.