The Dubai International Boat Show 2018 will take place at the Dubai Canal, allowing for additional exhibitor opportunities and even greater variety for visitors to the event. The move comes as construction work on Dubai Harbour continues and once finished, it will contain a marina able to berth 1,400 yachts.
The Dubai International Boat Show is annually attended by thousands of visitors looking to own a new superyacht, enhance a currently owned vessel or trying out new activities with the family of all ages. Over 350 exhibitors and 800 brands from more than 60 countries are expected to attend the 2018 event, as based on figures from previous years. Currently, 80% of the exhibition space has already been reserved and on display will be a range of vessels, products and services, including sailing yachts, water toys and state-of-the-art technology.
Opened in 2016, the Dubai Canal covers 3.2 kilometres and passes Old Dubai, Business Bay and residential areas such as Downtown Dubai before flowing into the Arabian Gulf. As a result, the event is expected to draw local and international visitors, who will have plenty of parking and transportation to other nearby attractions such as the Burj Khalifa or Dubai Mall.
Returning visitors have two new areas to look forward to in 2018: ‘Future of Yachting’ and ‘Luxury Boulevard’, the former of which will place a spotlight on new materials, technologies and emerging designers whereas the latter will feature some of the biggest brands associated with the yachting lifestyle.
The SYBAss area will be among the returning sections where world-renowned superyacht builders such as Feadship, Oceanco, Heesen will be on display alongside established UAE names such as Gulf Craft and Art Marine, who will represent Ferretti Group and Riva.
The DIBS Outdoor Area
His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council and senior advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show said of the event: “Dubai Canal is one of the great construction achievements in recent years and a wonderful success to the marine industry in the UAE. To hold the prestigious Dubai International Boat Show at this location is a very exciting prospect with a wealth of possibilities, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops DIBS into its next stage of growth.”
The Dubai International Boat Show will take place from February 27 – March 3 and CharterWorld will be in attendance as media partners throughout the event.