This year's Dubai International Boat Show is back and the 2022 edition promises to be better than ever, said the event organisers.
The Middle East’s largest and most-popular leisure marine event, DIBS will take place at Dubai Harbour, from March 9 to 13.
It is set to welcome over 400 boat, yacht and watercraft brands including the world premiere of Sunreef’s 80 Eco Line, a glimpse at the all-new Princess Y85, and a regional debut for San Lorenzo’s innovative SX88.
A jaw-dropping line up of more than 50 floating mansions from some of the world’s leading marques, such as Feadship, Majesty, Nomad, Cranchi, and Lurssen, will also be on show.
The emirate’s nautical showpiece is celebrating its 28th edition and will mark the regional yachting industry’s first large-scale, in-person event since the Covid-19 pandemic, said the organisers, Dubai World Trade Centre.
The five-day show will be the first to take place at Dubai’s ground-breaking new marina, reuniting the region’s maritime community.
With DIBS 2022 providing an iconic backdrop and meeting ground to reinvigorate the global industry, Trixie LohMirmand, Executive VP (Events Management), DWTC, believes the eyes of both the regional and international yachting communities will be fixed on the emirates once more.
"As Dubai International Boat Show moves into its new home, Dubai Harbour, we look forward to enhancing Dubai’s status as an internationally renowned superyachting destination," she stated.
She pointed out that the challenges of the last two years have sparked a desire for a more outdoor, spatial lifestyle, which in turn promise new growth opportunities for the industry.
"The leisure marine sector has continued to thrive in this period, while building on its ability to attract a wider and more diverse buyer base. Dubai International Boat Show offers that pivotal platform and opportunity for buyers and enthusiasts to finally appreciate the offerings of yachts, boats and accessories in their search for a creative and empowering passion," remarked LohMirmand.
Next month’s show will feature an eclectic range of marine attractions, from the world’s biggest, most advanced superyachts to small fishing craft and recreational water-sports equipment.
With a host of networking activities designed to boost knowledge and foster business across the industry, the event is a unique platform for the global yachting and nautical lifestyle communities.
Dubai International Boat Show 2022 is set to enhance the maritime prospects of an already vibrant region for the global industry.
The Mena region boasts the world’s second-highest fleet-to-billionaire ratio, while Dubai ranks among the top-10 nautical capitals internationally with 15 marinas providing more than 3,000 berths.
Dubai Harbour is the emirate’s undisputed nucleus, boasting 700 berths and the city’s first dedicated superyacht marina, which can house craft up to 160m in length. The emirate’s maritime sector accounts for approximately 7% of its GDP, the equivalent of AED 26.9 billion, he stated.
Now, with Middle Eastern owners accounting for 12.6% of the world’s superyacht fleet, the show’s Superyacht Avenue has attracted a stellar flotilla of the world’s biggest, brashest, and most luxurious and technologically advanced vessels.
Numerous elite superyacht builders are set to unveil their latest craft and products – including SuperYacht Builders Association members Lurssen and Oceanco, who lead a cast that also features mainstream superyacht brands such as Azimut, Cranchi, Feretti, Gulf Craft, and Princess Yachts.
"Dubai has established itself as a globally renowned city, bringing the world’s attention to the United Arab Emirates and the entire Middle East region," remarked Mohammed Hussein AlShaali, the Chairman of Gulf Craft.
"As one of the world’s emerging yachting hubs, it is no surprise that the DIBS is one of the most sought-after industry events that has gained prominence on the international stage. We are witnessing significant growth and demand from the leisure maritime industry here in the region and around the world, and our ‘home show’ – the Dubai International Boat Show – is a fantastic platform to showcase our Majesty Yachts, Nomad Yachts, Oryx Sport Cruisers and Silvercraft Fishing Boats," noted Al Shaali.
Dubai International Boat Show 2022 will be held under stringent safety and hygiene protocols, he added.