BY Anna Cummins on 23 Oct 2023

Around 8,000 visitors are expected during the four-day event this November.

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show

The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) returns for its fifth edition from 9-12 November, 2023.

Show organisers have recently confirmed the lineup for the show’s new Innovation Zone, held in partnership with startup hub Yachting Ventures, which will be ‘dedicated to supporting CleanTech and sustainable startups within the leisure marine and yachting industries.’

The Innovation Zone sees 16 CleanTech startups exhibiting, including Evoy, Aerofoils, RAD Propulsion, Ripple Boats and Navier. The Innovation Zone is sponsored by UK firm Borrow A Boat, which offers access to more than 45,000 boats in over 65 countries.

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show

Commenting on the sponsorship, Matt Ovenden, founder of Borrow A Boat, says: “As a tech company ourselves in this industry, who has taken the lead in driving innovation and growth in yachting and lead on sustainable boating, we are delighted to be headline sponsor for the Innovation Zone at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Boat Show.

“This is an opportunity for some incredible brands to showcase their products, and we are excited to be part of making this happen to bring through innovation in the boating industry.”

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2023

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show

The Arabian Gulf is increasingly becoming a ‘must-visit’ destination for yachts crossing between Asia and the Med. And Abu Dhabi, the epitome of affluence, can make for a mighty charter destination.

All eyes are, therefore, on the UAE, which is steadily reinforcing its position as a global hub for superyachts, thanks to investments in luxurious marinas and expanding infrastructure such as superyacht immigration and crew facilities.

ADNEC Group organises the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show in partnership with Abu Dhabi Maritime, and the annual show takes place at the ADNEC Marina Hall and on the adjacent waterfront in the heart of the city.

ADIBS bills itself as an ideal platform for local and international companies to strengthen their presence in the Gulf region’s burgeoning markets. With leading manufacturers, including Aquila Power Catamarans and Sunseeker, expanding into the Middle East recently, the exhibitor list has grown significantly year-on-year. It encompasses luxury yachts, catamarans, fishing boats, houseboats, fishing and watersports equipment and luxury lifestyle.

KJM Marine, founded in 2022 and now representing Aquila in the Gulf region, plans to showcase the Aquila 70 at the Abu Dhabi Boat Show 2023.

Aquila 70

Aquila 70. Image courtesy of Marinemax.

Mohammad AlJasmi, general manager of KJM Marine, says: “Catamarans have been rapidly gaining popularity in the region, and as the top-selling catamaran brand from the USA, Aquila has established a strong presence in the market. We are particularly excited about the release of their various ranges, especially the larger Molokai models, which are already generating significant interest from potential customers.”

UAE-based boatbuilder Gulf Craft is sure to retake centre stage at ADIBS 2023 after debuting its Majesty 72 and Silvercraft 32 WA (‘WalkAround’) models last year to much acclaim.

The 2022 edition of ADIBS attracted broad local and international participation, bringing in more than 548 local and international brands from 44 nations, which organisers say represents a 57 per cent increase over the previous year. Around 8,000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day event this year.

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show

While complete details of the 2023 show, including the full exhibitor list, are still to be confirmed, it’s sure that this year’s edition will feature a range of entertainment and interactive activities on top of numerous yacht displays. Previous editions of ADIBS have offered everything from a flyboarding championship, stunt shows, golfing demonstrations and free boat trips for all visitors. The last edition also included the ‘Maritime Talks’ discussion panel series, investigating topics on sustainability.

This year there is more scrutiny than ever on sustainability across the industry, and ADIBS says it is looking to align its green agenda with the COP28 conference in the UAE at the end of November.

New for 2023, the Innovation Hub, developed in partnership with marine startup hub Yachting Ventures, will provide a dedicated space for startups and entrepreneurs focused on clean-tech and sustainable solutions to showcase their innovations. There will be space for ten startups, and Yachting Ventures will select those chosen to participate.

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show

Commenting on the partnership, Gabbi Richardson, founder of Yachting Ventures, says: “We are delighted to launch the Innovation Hub at Abu Dhabi International Boat Show this year. As the maritime industry continues to evolve and develop in the Middle East, it is imperative that we prioritise sustainability and nurture the development of innovative solutions.

“The Innovation Hub will be a pivotal platform, connecting startups and entrepreneurs with customers, investors and industry experts — enabling them to showcase their ideas and drive positive change within the sector.”

Tickets for the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2023 are available online now.

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