Every February Dubai turns into the Middle East’s premier superyachting destination with the start of the Dubai International Boat Show, or DIBS as it’s known in the trade. This year some 29,000 visitors will arrive in the city over the five days of the fair which runs from the 27th of February to the 3rd of March. Held at the Dubai Canal in swanky Jumeirah, the 26th edition of the fair will feature over 450 yachts and boats, supercars, cutting-edge marine gear, watercraft demos and excellent entertainment and shopping opportunities.
UNMISSABLE YACHTS & WATERCRAFT
The Dubai International Boat Show is a prime event for prominent yacht builders to show off their latest creations and this year is no exception. Britain’s biggest boat builder Sunseeker has four show debuts lined up for this year including their racy new Yacht 76. With 23 already sold, this new model is proving popular and is sure to be a winner at the show. Highlights include an optional deck jacuzzi, open plan main deck for easy entertaining and beach club complete with a rain shower.
UAE-based yacht builder Al Shaali Marine will also be turning heads with their flagship 40 metre/128 foot AS 130. Delivered in 2017, the luxury yacht boasts a top speed of 24 knots and features an eye-catching exterior design that was created in-house. She has six comfortable guest cabins that can host up to 12 overnight guests.
Another Middle Eastern build set to make waves at the show is the 41 metre/140 foot Majesty 135 from Gulf Craft which is also located in the UAE. Majesty has an impressively large sundeck for her size which is ideal for receiving friends and family and a folding balcony which extends the main deck when required. Another winning feature is that the model is highly customisable, offering owners the opportunity to select the size and quantity of guest cabins and to really put their mark on their new yacht by selecting the colour palette and finishes.
THE SUPERCAR PROMENADE
DIBS is well known for its Supercar Promenade which showcases some of the most majestic luxury cars on the planet. Onlookers can enjoy getting up close and personal with exquisite automobiles from the likes of Bentley, McLaren and Mercedes Benz. A real hotspot for the region’s elite, the Supercar Promenade is expected to attract millions of dollars in sales over the five days of the show in its prime front of house location.
ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING
For the second year, The Beach entertainment area will offer live music performances, DJs, great food truck options and the chance to take time out from the bustle of the show in chic surroundings. This year for the first time The Beach will also have a Kids Area with activities like arts and crafts workshops, face painting and carnival-themed games guaranteed to keep little ones happy. Other entertainment options will include the retail village with ample shopping and dining opportunities and the Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX).
Thrill seekers will enjoy the extreme water sports stunts of flyboards, jetovators, and hoverboards as well as the hands-on taster sessions for group stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding and SUP pilates. Qualified RYA instructors will also be on hand to offer short sailing and windsurfing sessions for those looking for an introduction to the world of sail.
This year the show also features a partnership with Eden Yachting who will offer visitors the chance to enjoy an afternoon sailing experience for wannabe sailors. To participate visitors need to contact Eden Yachting directly by email.
Another unmissable activity is the Build-A-Boat Challenge where groups of 4 to 6 people must compete to construct their own seaworthy vessel in under three hours. Taking place on the 2nd of March from 2pm, the teams must then race their boats over a short course to decide the winners!
Tickets for the Dubai International Boat Show 2018 cost 55 AED ($15) per person per day or 160 AED ($44) for a family ticket. For more information on planning your visit, go to the Boat Show Dubai website.