His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of the Emirates Group and Vice Chairman of Dubai World Trade Centre has inaugurated the 15th Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS).
Billed as the largest marine event ever held in the Middle East, DIBS 2007 saw record numbers of trade visitors on the first day. The show also recorded a number of major sales of boats and yachts, reinforcing its position as a major business development port for the marine leisure industry.
“To have so many trade and leisure visitors coming on the first day of the show demonstrates the significance the Dubai International Boat Show has in the marine calendar. This is a result of the huge variety of boats, equipment, attractions and accessories at the show this year, ensuring there is something to suit all tastes and budgets,” said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre.
After officially opening the boat show in front of record first day crowds, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the royal party toured the exhibition in which more than 700 companies are taking part.
Taking place from the 13 to 17 March at the Dubai International Marine Club, the event is the largest display of boats, marine supplies and services in the Middle East, attracting consumer, marine enthusiasts and trade buyers from across the world.
The on-water area has been specially expanded to accommodate increased demand from exhibitors, with 142 boats on the water throughout for the event. This year’s Boat Show also sees a 53 percent increase in participating companies.
The show is open free of charge to trade with general public tickets costing AED 35 per person. Access to the on-water marina area may be restricted at times and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied at all times.
Parking at the Dubai International Boat Show is free of charge and is conveniently located just 3 minutes away. Free shuttle buses will be on hand to transport visitors to and from the venue
About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
As the organiser of Dubai International Boat Show, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.
Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.
About Dubai International Boat Show
Dubai International Boat Show, the largest marine industry exhibition in the Middle East, is a showcase of yachts and boats from both local and international builders together with the latest innovations in marine equipment and accessories.
Established in 1992, the Show is the Largest Gathering of Leisure Boats, Equipment and Associated Services in the Middle East:
• Exhibitors include both local and international boat manufacturers as well as the latest innovations in marine equipment and supplies
• Over 25,000 visitors expected to attend from around the region including key buyers from Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
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