For 5-star luxury, endless sunny skies and gorgeous beaches, it’s hard to beat Dubai. The thoroughly modern emirate is a bewitching combination of the futuristic metropolis and distinctive Bedouin heritage and traditions of hospitality which make it the perfect spot to host one of the world’s most exciting yachts shows. The Dubai International Boat Show draws owners, potential buyers and industry insiders from all over the globe to discover a treasure trove of the world’s most gorgeous new yachts set against the breathtaking backdrop of the city’s glittering high rise buildings. This is a yacht show unlike any other.
Dubai International Boat Show 2020
Now entering its 28th year, the Dubai International Boat Show 2020 will be held from November 24th through 28th and will feature AED 2.6 billion ($708 million USD) worth of superyachts. Also present will be a vast selection of water toys, luxury lifestyle brands and supercars to keep even the most demanding of shoppers satisfied. During the 5-day event there will also be plenty of entertainment including waterspouts competitions, industry-leading dive talks, DJs and live street art.
As expected for the Middle East’s premier yacht event, the Dubai International Boat Show draws attendees and vessels from all over the globe. Top yachts for this year include the 348ft/106m Amadea built by Lurssen in 2017 and the radical 139ft/42.5m Adastra trimaran built by McConaghy Boats. Built with an aluminum hull and superstructure, Adastra’s iconic and award-winning design was created by John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd. Also on hand will be the world’s most important superyacht builders like Oceanco, Heesen, Amels, CRN, and Feadship for visitors to view their latest projects and to make inquiries about existing or new builds.
This year the show is moving to a stunning new home at Dubai Harbor (formerly the Dubai International Marine Club) which is due to be fully completed in October 2020 and will boast 1100 berths able to host superyachts up to 160 meters in length. Set to be the largest marina in the MENA region, the project will consolidate Dubai’s role as a global maritime hub and provide the perfect setting for the Dubai International Boat Show with plenty of upscale shopping, dining and hotel options for visitors to the event. Dubai is also conveniently located close to Palm Jumeirah and a short journey to Dubai International Airport.
Where to Stay
Luxuriate in traditional opulence at Habtoor Palace by Hilton’s LXR Hotels & Resorts which is located on the stunning Dubai Canal. This magnificent property boasts 52 suites, butler service for all guests, three pools and access to a private beach. Excellent amenities and access to a helipad make this the ideal choice for visitors looking to make the most of the event while having a comfortable retreat to relax and unwind in after the long days at the show.
Take a look at our guide to Dubai’s Top 5 Hotels for an expanded list of exceptional accommodation options.
Where to Dine
No trip to Dubai is complete without dining at the world’s tallest restaurant, At.mosphere, which is located 442 meters up on the 122 level of the Burj Khalifa. Combining unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf with a critically-acclaimed menu, this is a truly singular experience thanks to the 5-star service and exceptional ingredients such as hand-dived scallops and a diverse choice of caviars. Guests can choose between 3, 5, and 7-course menus with wine pairings, or select the beautiful seafood tower for a lighter but equally stunning meal.
Be sure to check out our guide to Dubai’s Top 5 Restaurants for all the city’s unmissable culinary experiences.
If you plan to soak up a taste of Dubai life while visiting the show, why not hit the stores at Dubai Mall followed by a slice of culture at the majestic Dubai Opera. Don’t miss the best views in the city from the thrilling outdoor observation tower at the top of the 828 meter-tall Burj Khalifa followed by a drink or two to steady those nerves at one of the city’s chic rooftop terraces. Round out your visit with a dose of Dubai’s fascinating history at the Etihad Museum which tells the story of the UAE’s founding and subsequent development into the regional powerhouse it is today.
For more ideas to help you planning your Dubai escapade, check out our dedicated Dubai destination guide.