Next month’s Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS), Middle East‘s premiere luxury yachting event, is set to be the biggest yet, expected to host more than 120 exhibitors and brands and 85 boats and luxury yachts on land and in-water. The event will take place from November 10 to 14 at the Lusail City Marina, a fascinating Doha yacht charter destination, nestled in Qatar.
QIBS 2015 will be attended by many international exhibitors, including Azimut, Sea Ray, Princess, Ferretti, Riva, Gulf Craft, Sunseeker, Prestige, Itama, Benetti, Sunreef, Silver Yachts, Heesen Yachts, Hullsquared, Lagoon, Amer Yachts, Cranchi, Everglades, Sealine, Fountaine-Pajot, Scarab, Riviera, Mondo Marine, Regal, and many others. Moreover, the Qatari maritime industry will showcase such companies as NDSQ ( Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar), Halul Boats, Balhambar Boats and Al Udeid Boats.
“The outstanding growth seen by QIBS adds to Qatar’s rich nautical history and is made possible by countless governmental authorities. Qataris make up a significant proportion of all Gulf state buyers of yachts and maritime companies and investment opportunities are growing as a result. Ultimately, the mandate of QIBS is to play a pivotal role in promoting and fostering continued growth in the maritime industry in Qatar and throughout the region,” commented Essa Al Mannai, Chairman of QIBS Board of Directors.
“Last year’s edition of QIBS was extremely successful from a business perspective with sales of more than 80 million Qatari riyals, and further prospective orders. The third edition will be no exception as we have expanded the shows’ international presence through promotions around the globe. We have every confidence that we will be able to create another show of the highest standard,’’ added Faysal Mikati, Founder and CEO of Snow Comms and conceptualizer of the Qatar International Boat Show.
Rashid Hamad Al Marri, Administration Director – NDSQ (Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar), said: “We are very happy to be present again during this year’s QIBS. 2015 was another exciting year with 26 vessels successfully delivered, 14 vessels under construction and 20 yacht refits completed since the start of operations in 2010. We look forward to the future in developing the local industry and we keep supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
“We are delighted once again to be an exhibitor at the Qatar International Boat Show. We have supported this show since its inception, not only because Qatar is a primary market for Gulf Craft, but also because of the unique opportunities this show delivers to its visitors, to the region and to the industry in general,” said Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft, UAE-based yacht and boat builder and one of the top 10 superyacht shipyards in the world. “With this respect, we are pleased to showcase 13 of our finest yachts and boats, including the largest superyacht on display the Majesty 105, making Gulf Craft the largest exhibitor at the Qatar International Boat Show.”
QIBS provides visitors with a genuine feel for the marine lifestyle, while exploring the offerings of over 90 companies. Even the most discerning boating enthusiasts will find the utilitarian craft or luxury vessel they have always wished.
Pantelis Stathis, Boat Show Director, said: “The scope and focus of the boat show has grown to include awards ceremonies, nautical activities and exclusive gatherings for exhibitors. Now entering our third year allows us to expand the reach of the QIBS and become strong international player in the evolving marine industry.“
The event’s location was chosen to provide guests with fantastic views of the Arabian Gulf, while exploring the Show’s luxury offerings. QIBS also offers a family-friendly environment with a children’s playground and a dedicated F&B area. The boat show will be open weekdays from 2:30 -9:30PM and on the weekends 12:30 to 9:30PM.