First Port of Call
Yacht owners and makers from around the world come together to indulge their love affair with the sea and the last edition of Dubai International Boat Show made for the perfect setting.
The stats at the 26th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show held from February 27th to March 3rd speak for themselves – the largest number of visitors yet (26,389), 350 exhibitors, over 800 brands and some big sales, with Uae-based Gulf Craft alone reporting over 23 million USD worth of transactions during the show. That’s not too shabby, especially considering this year’s edition was successfully pulled together against all odds in a temporary new location by the Dubai Canal with minimal prep, and in record time. With all the glitz and glamour associated with DIBS unmarred – particularly Superyacht Avenue, an uninterrupted continuum of elite vessels with custom features and amenities to outdo the next – it’s clear there is a deeprooted, enduring, passion for the seafaring lifestyle in the Middle East. “Only three months ago, people were thinking this would be impossible, as it was all just desert and sand here,” reveals Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council and senior advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show. “But I knew it could be done. Our goal is to make this one of
“Yachts are not just about the money. This lifestyle is about true freedom,”