Prince Khaled Al Faisal Bin Abdulaziz, the Prince of Mecca Region, last night inaugurated the much-anticipated Saudi International Boat Show; the first event of its kind in the Kingdom. The event will take place till 17 October 2009 at the Al Furusya Marina & Yacht Club in Jeddah.
Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, was also present at the opening ceremony.
Organised by Dubai World Trade Centre, Saudi International Boat Show will partner with venue manager Al Ahlam Marine Tourism Group, with the endorsement of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, and the support of the Islamic Ports of Jeddah, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Jeddah Civil Defense, Jeddah Coast Guard, Jeddah Municipality, Jeddah Police, Jeddah Port Customs Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its inaugural presentation.
Key VIP officials, sponsors, exhibitors and invited guests were treated to an official opening ceremony of a spectacular sights and sounds over the beautiful skyline of Jeddah at Al Furusya marina.
“We are honored to have His Royal Highness Prince Khaled Al Faisal bin Abdulaziz open the Saudi International Boat Show,” said H.H. Prince Abdullah bin Saud bin Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of Al Ahlam Marine Tourism Group. “The presence of His Royal Highness, and His Royal Highness Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz further highlights the level of support for the show within Saudi Arabia.”
More than 80 participating companies from 13 countries across the globe are taking part from as far afield as Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and USA.
With yachts, speedboats, sailing boats and the latest hi-tech fishing boats and marine equipments, visitors can expect three more days of action-packed entertainment which will make the exhibition one of the most sought-after social events of the year.
“I would like to express our deepest gratitude to His Royal Highness Prince Khaled Al Faisal bin Abdulaziz and His Royal Highness Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz for gracing the opening of the inaugural Saudi International Boat Show,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre.
“With all the valuable support from all government authorities and partners, we have had a wonderful start to the first ever Saudi International Boat Show. We look forward to welcoming many more visitors for the rest of the event.”
Response from exhibitors and visitors alike on the introduction of such a key event in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was very encouraging.
Nasser Quttub, Marine Geologist from the Saudi Geological Survey and an exhibitor at the boat show commended the event saying it marks a beginning in setting the stage for further growth and development of marine tourism: “We need further benefit from the launch of such an exhibition and continuously develop it for the years to come.”
The Diving Village, a fishing competition and diving demonstrations, as well as many exciting raffle draws with thrilling prizes, are just few of the events that are going to accompany the Boat Show. Top boats on display include: Azimut 62S from ART Marine, Majesty 61 from Gulf Craft, Cigarette Top Fish and Top Gun from Al Ghanim Marine, Pershing 90 from Sea Pros and Jet Ski Waverunner from Yamaha.
Key events and activities taking place during the four day event include: Product Testing, Diving and Equipment Demonstrations by SCUBAPRO, BEUCHAT, CRAMERDECKER and IST & UK Lights. Free trial dives are also part of the programme daily from 8 – 10 pm at the Diving Village presented by Dream Divers.
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