Leading local and international leisure marine companies are gearing up to showcase their latest products and technologies set to impress leisure marine enthusiasts from around the world at the inaugural Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) 2018. To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, ADIBS will take place from 17th to 20th October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre purpose-built marina.
The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is organising and hosting the event designed to be a ‘Uniquely Abu Dhabi’ experience, showcasing the Emirate’s rich maritime legacy and state-of-the-art range of luxury yachts and boats and fishing products from the world’s leading companies.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC, said: “We highly welcome the strong interest of international companies and leading players in the luxury yachts and boats and fishing tools industry to participate in the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show and showcase their latest products. This reflects ADNEC’s ever-growing strength and capability in hosting international high-profile events and further promotes Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading regional and global events destination.”
“Visitors from the global leisure marine community will witness regional and global launches of the latest yachts and boats and the latest fishing tools, products, and services. Abu Dhabi’s marine tourism sector will be provided with a platform to showcase both the achievements and milestones which have contributed to the success of Abu Dhabi as a global leisure marine destination. We look forward to hosting and organising the show which will be a welcome addition to our diverse events portfolio” Al Dhaheri added.
Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Al Suwaidi Marine, said: “We remain highly confident that the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show will open doors to a new world of boating and fishing tools within the UAE, accompanied by a rush of potential opportunities that will benefit the players in the maritime industry. We are excitedly looking forward to this highly anticipated event, which we believe will be a strategic platform to showcase and highlight the best that the boating industry has to offer.”
Gulf Craft will be launching a new model from their leisure range while other major international players are also gearing up to conduct regional premiers of their products at the show. Along with launches from UK-origin Princess 55 from Princess Yachts and the MC6 – 2019 Model from SF Yachts, set to be displayed for the first time in the Middle East. Aside from craft boats and yachts, the show will also be a showcase for advances in vessel management, Italian manufacturer KEELCRAB will release the latest models of drone operated hull cleaners, to be its regional launch in the Middle East.
According to a Frost & Sullivan report, the global recreational boat market is expected to be worth USD 23 billion by the end of this year and is on track to reach USD 30 billion by 2022. The report further cited that the UAE recreational boat market is forecast to reach USD 1.5 billion in 2018; the UAE is an emerging market with high spending power and provides significant opportunities for investors. Abu Dhabi’s marine tourism market has been witnessing a steady demand for luxury yachts and boats in recent years, driven by a rise in marinas and waterfront developments.
ADNEC’s 31,000 sqm extensive, purpose-built marina will host this much-awaited event, which is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors and feature 75 boats berthed at the venue. ADIBS is supported by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism and Abu Dhabi Ports as Strategic Partner, is already making waves internationally with its growing number of international participants and has contributed to raising the Emirate’s reputation as a global leisure marine hub.