Dubai gears up for International Boat Show 2013
Dubai gears up for its annual International Boat Show as survey reveals 60 per cent of world’s top 100 superyachts are in the Middle East. Held at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, the boat show is the Middle East’s biggest and longest running leisure marine event, now in its 21st year.
This year the show expects to welcome no less than 11 Super Yacht Experience members – the world’s leading builders of large yachts, which falls under the Superyacht Builders Association umbrella – including two new names.
A recent forecast by nautical site superyacht.com found that Middle Eastern residents own 60 per cent of the top 100 superyachts in the world, while 55 per cent of the world’s top 20 superyachts are owned in the region.
Trixee Loh, senior vice president of Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the boat show said: “The development of the Super Yacht Experience pavilion supports the growing demand for superyachts in this lucrative market from regional buyers. The lure of seeing these multi-million dollar superyachts at close range appeals to a range of leisure boating enthusiasts, whether they are a high-end prospective buyer or a first-time visitor.”
While the two newcomers, Mondo Marine and Palmer Johnson, will be hoping to cause a stir, it will be the seasoned names taking part – AMELS, Benetti, CRN, Fincantieri, Heesen, Lürssen, Oceanco, Sanlorenzo and Trinity – that will draw the most attention.