Predicting a robust crowd, the Dubai International Boat Show is preparing for its 25th annual show, displaying more than 450 boats accompanied by five days of marine-focused displays, presentations, and entertainment enveloping the Marine Club at Mina Seyahi. DIBS, as it is affectionately known, draws an appreciative audience from the Middle East and North Africa, or MENA, tailoring the yachts on display and the exhibitors to regional preferences, with a nice review of the industry’s best new offerings, from dayboats and tenders to watersports and towables. Many think of it as the Monaco Yacht Show of the Middle East. Last year, 30,000 visitors attended the show,
The Stars of the Show
With a fistful of Middle East launches, the DIBS lineup delivers thrilling new models from Dufour in two Grand Large sailing yachts, the 412 and the 382 at display MD-130. Sunseeker will delight attendees with their Middle East debut of a pair of Predators, the 68 and the 57, at display MD-90. The stylish MCY, the Riviera 6000 sport yacht, the Lagoon 560, the Princess V58 and 49, and the Ferretti 550 all celebrate their first Dubai appearance.
Perhaps not new launches, but definitely luxurious yachts worthy of inspection, all of the companies joined at the hip by SYBASS, the superyacht group with elite status, will be present in their own space in the Superyacht Life area. Look for AMELS, Azimut Benetti, Baglietto, CRN, Feadship, Ferretti Group, Fincantieri, Heesen, Mondomarine, and Oceanco to show why their builds are exceptional.
An Event Within the Event
It would not be DIBS without the Supercar Promenade, and this year promises exciting new models. Exceptional, custom, luxury cars from Mercedes Benz, Bentley, Dodge, McLaren UAE, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Al Habtoor Motors will parade the route, while onlookers sip and nibble if they so choose, watching in awe as these glamorous powerhorses purr past. Mercedes is the official car sponsor this year with a very special entry, but all participants deserve a long look.
The Beach and More
Live music, stage performances, and on-trend food and beverages make The Beach entertainment area a great rest stop for attendees. Additionally, the retail village, and the Dive Middle East Exhibition, DMEX, are all conveniently located in proximity to one another, delivering adventures in shopping, dining, and exploring the world of water toys and sports equipment that have become such an enjoyable part of the yachting lifestyle. Try out paddleboards, kayaks, windsurfers, SUPs to discover those that are simply must-haves.
The retail village beckons with shopping and news about yachting industry developments, like the new marina facing the Aeolian Islands of Sicily. Opening early in the summer of 2017, the Capo d’Orlando marina will offer 562 moorings for yachts up to 40 meters, embellished with 3,000 square meters of shops, bars, and restaurants. The Yacht Club clubhouse, restaurant, and outdoor spaces are central to the marina, giving it a posh personality. Find out more about other luxury products, upscale developments, and yachting-related news by exploring the village.
Unique Exhibits Not to Miss
Wajer Yachts will be showing off its 38, a streamlined high performance speed demon packing D6 Volvo engine power The 338 Black South Beach boasting dual 380 HP Mercruisers is a stunning mix of power and design. The Scarab Jet Boats, the 195 in both Open and Fish designs, are incredibly sleek boats we’ve always longed for, boosted with muscle for a fast getaway. The Amphibious Rib from ASIS Boats LLC, is a 9.8-meter land and water transport that inspires new itineraries. The WOW watersports sound speaker, a bulletproof blue tooth outdoor speaker that goes anywhere is a blast. Then there’s the transformational Kormaran that goes from mild mannered dayboat to the equivalent of a marine rocketship.
Need we continue? There is so much more, but this is a show that really must be seen to be appreciated. It is the perfect time of year for a jaunt to Dubai. With the men’s matches of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the Julius Bär Dubai Gold Cup polo tournament, the Dubai Food Festival Street Nights, and even a Guns N Roses concert, there is no better time to go. When shall we expect you? We stand at the ready for your arrival.
Dubai International Boat Show: http://www.boatshowdubai.com/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=DIBS%20SEARCH%20NEW&utm_term=dubai%20international%20boat%20show
Kormaran Yachts: http://www.kormaran.com/
Wajer Yachts 38: http://www.wajer.nl/models/wajer-38/
Dubai Duty Free Tennis: http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/en/schedule/tournament-schedule
Julius Bär Polo: http://www.dubaipologoldcup.com/tournament-2017/julius-baer-gold-cup-2017
Guns N Roses: https://tickets.virginmegastore.me/ae/music/4333/guns-n-rsquo-roses?preview=MjAxNi0xMC0zMCAxNzozNDoyN18zY2Q6