Dubai International Boat Show grows by 51%

Travel News Asia 13 March 2006

The 14th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) 2006 is to be the biggest ever with net exhibition space of 14,791 square meters and over 120 boats on the water.

The show, to take place from 14 - 18 March 2006 at the Dubai International Marine Club Mina Seyahi, is clearly positioned to build on the rapidly growing multi-million dollar Middle East marine industry.

In total, an unprecedented 427 companies will be represented at the show (an increase of 7%) with 123 yachts (an increase of 56%) and motor driven boats on the water including super yachts measuring over 24 metres in length on display.

Companies offering a diverse range of products including fishing equipment, navigation systems and computer equipment, water sports clothing and marina equipment will be promoting their wares across the show, in the external areas and inside the equipment and luxury supplies covered sections.

Visitors will also be able to watch one of the key sailing events of the year whilst exploring DIBS The Dubai Match Race Challenge. The race runs alongside DIBS at the Dubai International Marine Club on the 16 and 17 March.

Visitors to DIBS can also attend the 2nd Gulf Boating Conference, which takes place on the mornings of the 15 and 16 March. The conference, entitled Vision for the Future covers topics such as new marina and waterside developments, the potential for imported and locally manufactured boat sales as well as regulations for leisure boating in the region and setting up a business amongst others. Participants must be pre-registered in order to attend.

Interest in boats and sailing is at an all-time high in the Middle East, driven in particular by a range of new developments with waterfront properties and adjoining marinas. In Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, KSA, Lebanon, Oman and the United Arab Emirates in particular, new projects with waterside facilities are increasing the attractiveness and potential for people to own and use boats.

It is a time of great opportunity for manufacturers and service providers in the marine leisure industry, as the Middle East sees a wave of potential new business through the creation of spectacular waterside developments, said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General DWTC, organiser of Dubai International Boat Show 2006.

As the premier marine leisure event in the region, Dubai International Boat Show 2006 is expected to reflect this expanse of opportunity, with the highest number of visitors and exhibitors since its inception, he added.

Companies from the major exporting nations of Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK and the USA have booked their places at DIBS 2006.

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