Reinforcing opportunities for the marine sector in Abu Dhabi, the four-day Abu Dhabi International Boat Show attracted over 21,000 local, regional and international visitors. As many as 270 exhibitors from 25 countries, as well as leading local manufacturers of luxury yachts were a part of the event.
The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) 2018 hosted and organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) was an ideal platform to showcase the latest innovations in the luxury yachts and boats industry while emphasising on easy access to the location and attracting a recognised number of local, regional and international visitors.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO, ADNEC, said, “The inaugural edition of ADIBS exceeded our expectations. Several deals were signed during the show, reflecting the high interest in the UAE’s leading marine industry. The first-of-its-kind event has taken its place as one of the leading platforms in the Middle East for the world’s prominent leisure marine companies and water sports enthusiasts to come together and witness the best that the UAE Capital has to offer.”
New launches, new deals
ADIBS witnessed the launch of state-of-the-art leisure marine equipment. Emirates Riviera unveiled the yacht (RCAT50) in the ‘Fly Bridge’ version, the boat (Rcat38) and the Riviera enclosed Abra, in addition to showcasing its luxurious yacht, Integrity 55. Gulf Craft — the UAE’s leading yacht and boat builder, showcased its latest recreational boating (Oryx 37) design and three different models of the Majesty, including Majesty 100, Majesty 135 and Majesty 62, in addition to the display of three boats from Oryx and Silver Craft, a line popular amongst the fishing community. Delma Marine launched the Boston Whaler 210 Montauk boat, the first of its kind in the Middle East. Two yachts were announced for the first time in the region, the luxury yacht Monte Carlo (MC6-2019) from ‘SF Yachts’ and the UK-origin ‘Princess 55’ yacht from Princess Yachts. The event also witnessed launches from Emirates Boats, world’s first finest boats and powerboat range, which included the ‘carbon epoxy’ infused centre-console 48 feet fishing boat built in the UAE, a House Boat by Al Kous; The Sea Star Racing boat, the Sea Star RS boat, the Tullio Abbate Kid and the Elite 27 manufactured by Sulaco Arabia, as well as the latest models of the drone-operated Hull cleaner by Keel Crab.
Visitors were able to take part in yacht and sailing trips, fishing competitions, and had the opportunity to witness stunt performances, such as Jet Ski and Flyboard shows. Motorised and non-motorised watersports, such as the ‘Open 60’ yacht sailing experience and Keel Boats sailing experience with Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy.