Hundreds of marine industry leaders and thousands of boating enthusiasts will converge on the 19th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show in March for a spectacular display of the yachting world's most impressive offerings.
As the Middle East establishes itself as one of the fastest growing leisure marine markets in the world, the event has become synonymous with spectacular regional and global launches, and this year promises to deliver even more. The 2011 Dubai International Boat Show has already confirmed 33 launches which cover both global and regional premiers, and will offer an exciting line-up of outdoor activities that will entice and engage all marine enthusiasts.
During its five-day run, more than 25,000 visitors are expected to attend Dubai International Boat Show 2011, which has become not just a must-attend event for the industry, but also an important date in the Middle East's social calendar. The world's most sophisticated superyachts will be put on show in all their glory in the Enhanced Superyacht Boulevard and the Enhanced Superyacht Pavilion, alongside the inaugural Supercar Promenade, featuring the very latest models from the world's leading luxury car brands.
The multi award-winning show, running from 1 - 5 March 2011 at the Dubai International Marine Club - Mina Seyahi, will feature its largest ever cluster of SYBAss (Superyacht Builders Association) members, the world's most prestigious superyacht association. Ten SYBAss members have already confirmed their participation at the show: AMELS, Benetti, Burger Boat Company, Feadship, Fincantieri, Heesen Yachts, Lürssen, Oceanco, Sanlorenzo and Trinity Yachts. Together with supporting partner Officine Panerai, manufacturers of world class timepieces, the event will cater to the entire marine lifestyle audience.
Grant Burgham, Exhibitions Director, Dubai World Trade CentreDubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the event said: "For nearly two decades, the Dubai International Boat Show has been the focus of the leisure marine industry in the Middle East. The most respected and admired brands in the industry come to the event to showcase their products and services, and they know that there is no better occasion to do that. The Dubai International Boat Show provides a perfect venue, world-class exhibitors and an outstanding business platform."
ART MarineART Marine, a leading 360-degree marine hospitality company in the MENASA region - has confirmed at least eight exciting regional premiers, and Gulf CraftGulf Craft, which is exhibiting a total of 14 boats, will announce four global launches at the show.
"The Dubai International Boat Show has been a leading networking platform and a premier showcase event for the leisure marine industry in the Middle East. Moreover, our previous participation had been highly rewarding and we are looking forward to achieving the same level of success at this year's show," said Constantinos Constantinou, ART MarineART Marine President and CEO.
Nasser Alshaali, CEO, Gulf CraftGulf Craft, said "The Dubai International Boat Show has cemented its position as a prominent show in the international boating calendar. Gulf CraftGulf Craft continues to consider the event as one of its most important marketing platforms of the year. The indigenous show is the ideal opportunity for prospective owners to gain first-hand experience of the quality, craftsmanship, and value for money that have made Gulf CraftGulf Craft a major player in the international market for luxury yachts and leisure craft."
The External Area remains one of the most dynamic segments and the largest on-land section of the boat show, displaying an array of high-speed powerboats, fishing and smaller pleasure boats, as well as the latest water sports equipment and accessories.
The expanded 5th Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX) the only dedicated diving exhibition in the region, in association with Emirates Diving Association, returns with an even more impressive presence - 76% larger than last year. DMEX will bring together international manufacturers and local suppliers of sub-aqua diving equipment and services, with live demonstrations and daily 'try-a-dive' sessions.
Competitions, prize giveaways and an exciting entertainment programme with exclusive live performances will be running throughout the show, with the popular feature 'Heritage Village' by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing providing an experiential glimpse back in time to Dubai's rich history of maritime culture..
Other key exhibitors at Dubai International Boat Show 2011 will include leading local and international companies and brands such as Al Dhaen Craft, Al Hareb Marine, Al Masaood Marine, Al Shaali Marine, Al Yousef (Yamaha), AMIT, Atlantis, Australian International Marine Export Group, Azimut, BehneMar, Benetti, Danish Yachts, Delma Marine, Ecoseas, Emirates Boats, Four Winns, Greenline Yacht Interiors, Garmin, Grady-White, Gulf CraftGulf Craft, Gulf Development Systems, Hatteras, ICE, IMG Boats, Luxury Sea Boats, Macky Marine, Majesty Yachts, Mercedes-Benz, Midnight Express Powerboats, Mourjan Marinas, Numarine, Officine Panerai, Pino Meroni, Princess Yachts, Raymarine, Riviera, Sessa Marine, Sunseeker, UBIFrance, Westport and many more.
The Dubai International Boat Show 2011 will be held at the Dubai International Marine Club - Mina Seyahi from 1 - 5 March 2011 and will be open to trade visitors and the general public from 4:00pm - 9:30pm daily.