Industry experts have expressed positive opinions about the growing popularity of superyacht charter in Dubai, with prices comparing favourably with staying in five-star hotels, and visitors eager to enjoy the fantastic views of the city’s waterfront.
As stated by the premier UAE-based superyacht builder Gulf Craft, yachting has proved popular among tourists and other visitors. 50% of luxury yacht charter bookings comes through tourists and tourism agencies.
“Dubai visitors come here to experience luxury and so yachting naturally becomes part of that experience,” said Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft. “Our objective at Gulf Craft is to make boating accessible to everyone, so we are delighted that tourists here in Dubai are getting a taste of the sea life.”
With the on-water lifestyle popular among UAE residents and visitors from within the GCC, demand remains strong for yachting. Regional visitors enjoy the “home away from home” experience and look for craft that offer luxury and privacy, as stated by Bamps.
“In this region, boating is not seen as just a luxury practice, it is an essential part of the local lifestyle,” Bamps said. “People here have boating in their blood; it is an experience they hold close to their hearts.”