It’s evident that the UAE has a strong culture of seafaring and luxury cruising. And today there’s a growing interest for yachts, a demand that will spur the boat business in a region that has a good number of potential buyers for super-yachts. Many are the rich Arabs or Gulf sheiks who, in fact, are seen around the world on their wonderful luxury boats.
The UAE ranks amongst the most productive superyacht manufacturers with an impressive lineup of yachts over 24 meters (79 feet) in length. Three of the largest yachts in the world: the 180-meter long Azzam, reportedly sold to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE; the 162-meter long Dubai that’s berthed next to Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island and in front of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s summer palace; and the 141-meter motor yacht named Yas owned by Abu Dhabi’s Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan are found on the Arabian waters.
The UAE is also a thriving yachting community thanks to the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) and the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) that’s been attracting boat enthusiasts from the Middle East and internationally with its many exhibitors and key stakeholders within the marine industry. These shows have quickly become a platform for the world’s best companies to showcase the latest in leisure boats or luxury yachts, as well as innovations in marine equipment and supplies.
DIBS and ADIBS are two of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in the Middle East and give a glimpse of what the yachting culture is all about in UAE.
- ADIBS 2018: 17th – 20th October, to be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) Marina
- DIBS 2019: 26 Feb – 2 Mar, DUBAI CANAL, JUMEIRAH
Time and again, the boat exhibitions is all part of a bid to tempt more people on to the water, and it has supported the rapid growth and development of the UAE marine industry, which continues to play an increasingly key role in advancing both Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s tourism growth. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with over 400 km of coastline and over 200 islands and a rich marine life, make a great backdrop for DIBS and ADIBS.
So, are you ready to be part of UAE’s yachting community? If so, then be sure to note down the dates of Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) and the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS), two of the largest, oldest and best-attended events in the region’s maritime calendar.
Then why not consider be part of the UAE/GCC Boat Market either as a yacht owner or as an expatriate looking to set up a yacht charter business in the UAE, if not to provide marine corporate and administration services to yacht owners or become a business hub for trade and export. The opportunity to establish a business presence exists; just make sure to be familiar with UAE Maritime Code (Federal Law No. 26 of 1981) and the requirements for registration on the UAE Registry for any type of yacht as a result of the issuance of the new NTA Regulations.