Amazing array of marine lifestyle experiences, the latest SCUBA diving kit, entertainment and affordable boating options alongside glittering superyachts wow the crowds on final day of 26th edition of show
New venue at mouth of Dubai Canal in Jumeirah proves a big hit with visitors and exhibitors
The 2018 Dubai International Boat Show may be counting down to its final day tomorrow (Saturday) but there’s still a packed programme of thrilling activities and fun-filled family events to experience along with stunning superyachts, the Diving Middle East Exhibition (DMEX), plus entry-level boats for sale and amazing marine lifestyle products.
For many, the big draw of the annual Dubai International Boat Show is the fleet of superyachts on display. This year has not disappointed, with vessels including the 86-metre Chakra, Austal’s 72-metre Serenity, along with launches from leading companies including Gulf Craft, Ferretti Yachts, Riva, and Pirelli.
For those looking for more affordable options, the Dubai International Boat Show’s array of small to mid-sized boats offer the ideal introduction to the marine lifestyle for anyone who has ever dreamt of owning their own boat.
There is a wide variety of affordable boats to fit all budgets from leading international and UAE-based companies including a selection of rigid inflatable boats by Asis, the 10-metre Sea Star by homegrown UAE manufacturer Riviera and a 23-foot 23SC by Cobalt available through local distributor Brodie Boats.
Demand is always high, with boat sales making up a third of all purchases made at the show. A survey of visitors who attended the show last year found that almost a quarter intended to purchase a boat.
Jake Brodie-Stedman, General Manager of UAE-based Brodie Boats, said that’s because smaller to medium-sized craft purchases are the lifeblood of the regional industry and fulfil an important gap in the market.
“The reason they are so popular with buyers is that people start with small boat or medium-sized craft and then after that upgrade to the larger yachts that we see down in the marina. So without guys like us encouraging people to get into more accessible boating activities, you’re not going to find people then progressing on to the bigger boats that are displayed at the show.
“There are so many advantages to buying smaller – people can learn to handle a smaller vessel, the costs and maintenance are less than a yacht and some just want something smaller to go out on during the day. You don’t always need a 50-foot boat to have a good time out on the water.”
The Diving Middle East Exhibition will introduce anyone interested in exploring the warm waters off the coast of the UAE with a world of discovery. DMEX will feature established UAE companies such as Al Boom Diving, PADI EMEA, Divers Down and Scubatec alongside big international names including Amit.
On dry land, a host of high-end sports cars from Bentley, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, and Dodge are available to view up close at the Supercar Promenade.
For those in the family with an eye for art, an innovative and unique exhibit is on show at the Marine Art Gallery. The stunning stainless-steel sculpture of a Rolls-Royce engine by Mattar Bin Lahej. The Emirati visual artist’s latest work mimics the carmaker’s famous engine, known by the accurate circles and sections that characterise its design. Mr. Bin Lahej has adapted the metal in different directions, both vertical and horizontal, to create a truly unique work of art.
If you’re looking to spend the final day at Dubai International Boat Show in a more energetic mood, Dubai’s coolest beach club, Nikki Beach, will keep the over 21s entertained with live DJ performances when the sun sets.
Getting to this year’s Dubai International Boat Show has never been easier. Plenty of free visitor parking is available at the show’s temporary location near the Dubai Ladies Club in Jumeirah, while free bus and water taxi stations are located nearby from Al Habtoor City Marine Transport Station at the Dubai Water Canal. A free shuttle bus also operates regular services between Dubai Mall and the show venue.
The 26th Dubai International Boat Show at the Dubai Canal is open to the public from 3pm – 9:30pm daily until March 3rd, 2018. Tickets will be available at the gates priced at AED 65 each. Family tickets are available at AED 160 (two adults and two children over 12, representing a saving of more than 20 per cent) while government employees can attend the show for AED 50 per ticket.