Crafted in the UAE


Virtuozity - - Handmade -

WHEN GULF CRAFT FIRST launched in 1982 they had a mod­est fa­cil­ity in Aj­man and largely con­cen­trated on pro­duc­ing small fish­ing boats for the lo­cal mar­ket. Now cel­e­brat­ing 35 years since their launch, the com­pany boast a huge man­u­fac­tur­ing com­plex in Umm Al Quwain and are firmly es­tab­lished in the su­pery­acht mar­ket. They next plan to en­ter the world of the megay­acht, which will re­quire them to move into steel and alu­minum man­u­fac­tur­ing in or­der to cre­ate th­ese 200ft be­he­moths. Yet, de­spite their rapid growth, they re­main firmly rooted in the UAE and are proud of the fact that their en­tire prod­uct line is de­vel­oped in-house.

From the ship’s hull and fly­bridge to the fur­ni­ture and up­hol­stery in­side the lux­ury ves­sel, ev­ery as­pect is de­signed and built in Gulf Craft’s var­i­ous com­plexes in the UAE. That al­lows for greater cus­tomi­sa­tion, some­thing the com­pany be­lieve is vi­tally im­por­tant.

“We are build­ing ev­ery­thing from 35ft boats, right up to 175ft yachts and ev­ery­thing is done in-house. That way we can take con­trol of the qual­ity and the cost,” ex­plained Gulf Craft CEO Er­win Bamps, while pro­vid­ing Vir­tuoz­ity with a tour of the com­pany’s new Majesty 100 yacht at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

“Once we cre­ate new skills or tech­niques, we can ap­ply them through­out our line. We cre­ated a Tep­pa­nyaki grill for one of our yachts and that can now be trans­ferred through­out our range.

“So ev­ery­thing we do in our fa­cil­i­ties, the fur­ni­ture, the up­hol­stery which is hand stitched, the paint­ing, the stain­less steel pro­duc­tion – sim­ply ev­ery­thing is done in-house.”

It is in Gulf Craft’s largest man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Umm Al Quwain, which opened in 2001, that new boats are con­ceived, de­signed and man­u­fac­tured. The Mil­le­nium 118 – the com­pany’s first su­pery­acht over 98ft - was launched from the com­plex and it is where the new Majesty 100 was built.

On show for the first time in Dubai, it is

Gulf Craft’s first semi-con­vert­ible fly­bridge su­pery­acht. This al­lows guests sit­ting within its spa­cious lounge area to en­joy breath­tak­ing views of the vast seascape – as though they are seated in a tra­di­tional fly-bridge, but with the added lux­ury and com­fort of­fered by in­door liv­ing. Those look­ing for some fresh air can sim­ply slide down the glass pan­els and open the fold­ing doors fully, con­vert­ing the area into an out­door loung­ing space.

The ex­te­rior, in­te­rior, and naval ar­chi­tec­ture were all de­signed cour­tesy of Gulf Craft’s in-house De­sign Stu­dio, while pre­mium mar­ble coun­ter­tops and white oak floor­ing adorn the su­pery­acht’s main cabin and 5 en suite bed­rooms.

“We want to build prac­ti­cal, mod­i­fi­able boats that can han­dle mul­ti­ple pur­poses. So they will be user friendly, but still ex­ude lux­ury,” said Bamps. “The Majesty 100 is a great ex­am­ple as it is multi-func­tional. It can serve many mar­kets with­out chang­ing the prin­ci­ple de­sign. Se­condly, in terms of its in­te­rior, it will please ev­ery­one no-mat­ter their na­tion­al­ity.

“Be­cause of her prac­ti­cal, yet pow­er­ful, at­tributes in both en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign, the Majesty 100 is per­fect for en­try-level su­pery­acht own­ers, whether they are look­ing for a water­front re­treat or an ocean­go­ing adventure.

“We also firmly be­lieve that this type

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