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.

Bespoke - - VEHICLES - Writer: Sudeshna Ghosh

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,”

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