By Salma Awwad
The inaugural show saw 8,500 visitors, 60 exhibitors with 38 boats on display
Following the success of the inaugural edition of Qatar International Boat Show last year, organisers have announced the 2014 show will take place from November 11-15 in Lusail Marina.
Listed in the calendar of the International Boat Industry (IBI), QIBS provides a platform to preview new products, evaluate market trends, and establish long-lasting and commercially profitable partnerships.
The very first QIBS has exceeded expectations with 8,500 visitors coming to see over 60 exhibitors with 38 boats on display, including the fastest composite Maxi Open Yacht ever to be built – Overmarine Group’s Mangusta 165, which is 50 metres in length and has a top speed of 40 knots.
The show also featured a Japanese submarine, luxury water sports equipment, fishing and diving stands, nautical spare parts and navigation equipment. There was even a collection of 50 Harley Davidson motorbikes and Porsches on display and a demonstration of flyboarding – a unique sport featuring a board that uses water jets powered by a Jet ski to propel its operator into the air as high as 10 metres.
“Not only did QIBS 2013 attract the top names in the maritime industry from around the world, but the overall numbers of international exhibitors was the equal of many well-established European boat shows,” said event organizer Faysal Mikati.
“With the tremendous amount of interest shown from around the world, it is clear that our early decision to host the event has been clearly vindicated,” he added.