Dubai International Boat Show Opens This Week for Its 30th Edition

The Dubai International Boat Show will run this week from February 28 – March 3, 2024, in the heart of Dubai.

The Middle East’s largest, and most established marine and lifestyle event opens tomorrow in Dubai Harbour district and will run from February 28 – March 3, 2024. Now in its 30th edition, the boat show is set to feature over 1,000 brands with over 200 boats and yachts on display from Azimut, Sunseeker Gulf, Gulf Craft, Oceanco and 46 launches planned during the show. YATCO is once again a proud Media Partner of the Dubai International Boat Show, the region’s largest yachting event. 

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council and Senior Advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show, shares, “As the Dubai International Boat Show embarks on a new chapter in its illustrious history for its 30th edition this year, the event continues to be a comprehensive platform for premiering innovations and welcoming new maritime companies and brands into the local industry. Having been part of the show since its inception, it has been incredible to witness the show’s growth and enduring power to unite the global maritime industry in Dubai, which is now a magnet for global yachting tourism.” 

Organized by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), this year’s show will welcome exhibitors from over 55 countries around the globe, officially making its mark as the largest event in the Middle East, bringing the global market to the hub of yachting in the region. The Middle East is currently home to 12.6 percent of the world’s superyacht fleet with the luxury yacht market projected to grow to $481 million by 2028

Abdulla Bin Habtoor, Chief Portfolio Management Officer at Shamal Holding’s comments: “We are honored to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Dubai International Boat Show and take pride in being part of its story. Our premier and multi-faceted district is the ideal home for the Dubai International Boat Show, the industry’s most established leisure maritime event. Anchored by the region’s largest marina, with the only dedicated superyacht marina, Dubai Harbour provides the perfect environment and superior facilities for yachting enthusiasts and investors from around the world.” 

UAE-based Gulf Craft is one of the world’s leading shipyards and manufacturers of luxury yachts, with a long history in the region and will be on the ground as always at this year’s show.

Deputy Managing Director Al Shaali shares, “We are looking forward to the 30th edition of the Dubai International Yacht Show, which holds significance as our home show for Gulf Craft. This year, we are preparing to showcase a variety of vessels, including new launches and brand developments. The extended location at Dubai Harbour is an interesting change, and we anticipate it will attract a good number of spectators. We also acknowledge the growing interest in yacht tourism and buyers in the Middle East, which we hope will be reflected at the event. It’s a significant moment for Gulf Craft and the yachting industry in the region.” 

British yacht builder, Sunseeker Yachts will reveal four Middle East premieres, presented by official regional distributor Sunseeker Gulf and Bush & Noble.

Sunseeker Gulf co-founder Brett Noble, comments, “The Dubai International Boat Show has demonstrated immense maturity and growth since its inception. As a premier British boat builder with performance in our DNA, we are utilizing the event as a springboard to revitalize our brand in the market, maximizing the city’s expectation to grow and attract more HNWIs and UHNWIs. We will display four very different models as a Middle East premiere – 88 Yacht, Manhattan 68, 65 Sports Yacht and Manhattan 55 – that are all made in the region, for the region, with Gulf-specifications to meet customer demand and improve onboard comfort.” 

Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), shares her vision below.

Trixie LohMirmand, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), shares, “Our most transformative edition yet, this year’s Dubai International Boat Show will see a gathering of maritime investors, experts and enthusiasts looking to foster collaboration and further the regional maritime industry. Honoring a milestone 30th edition, the show aligns with Dubai’s continued evolution as a worldwide leading yachting destination and evidences the emirate’s commitment to driving sustainable practices in the industry by spotlighting changemakers and providing a critical platform for innovation.” 

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