BY Anna Cummins on 5 Apr 2024

The recent Dubai International Boat Show has proven a success for major brands from across the yachting industry.

Before the 2024 Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) kicked off in March, there were concerns that the five-day event would be hampered by a last-minute relocation to a different venue inside Dubai Harbour. 

Ultimately, those fears were unfounded, and the 30th edition of the annual show, which ran from 8 February to 3 March, proved a success according to many exhibitors. In fact, DIBS organisers signed a long-term partnership with Dubai Harbour during this year’s event, ensuring the site is secured for future editions. 

The Dubai International Boat Show is the largest and most established maritime show in the MENA region. It attracted 30,000 visitors, with 1,000 exhibitors from 55 countries and over 200 boats on display this year, including 46 global and regional launches. 

Organisers Dubai World Trade Centre confirmed this year’s edition saw an increase in European and Arab prospective buyers.

The recent Dubai International Boat Show has proven a success for major brands from across the yachting industry.

Sunseeker 88

Major sales were made this year by Althaus Yachts, which sold a Lamborghini 63, hull #19, built by Tecnomar Yachts, to a UAE resident. 

Sanlorenzo, which was displaying the SL78, SL86 and SX88 models, also sold three yachts at the exhibition. “We are extremely happy this year, as we have welcomed more people than last year,” the firm said in a statement. “And we are happy that this is the first time we have three Sanlorenzo boats represented at the show, as compared to last year, and all three of them were sold. Next time we hope to bring even more.”

UAE-based Gulf Craft Inc had a 16-strong display including the Majesty 111, Majesty 100, Majesty 62 and Majesty 60 making its world premiere, alongside the Nomad 101, 75, 70 and 65

Abeer AlShaali, deputy managing director at Gulf Craft Inc, confirmed the group sold “multiple” vessels from its Majesty Yachts, Nomad Yacht, and Silvercraft and SilverCat brands. A later statement revealed the sales totalled over 1,100 feet overall.

Sustainability continued to be in focus for DIBS, with Sunreef presenting the Power Eco 80 luxury electric motor yacht Sunreef Athena Too, and the award-winning Sunreef 80 Eco sail yacht Marie Joseph.

The recent Dubai International Boat Show has proven a success for major brands from across the yachting industry.

Azimut S7

The Polish boatbuilder also used the show to announce its new Ras Al Khaimah shipyard. “We started out over 20 years ago in Poland, and now we’re branching out into the UAE,” says Artur Poloczanski, public relations director at Sunreef Yachts.

Sunseeker Gulf represented the British brand with the largest display of Sunseeker yachts seen at this show in recent years. Visitors viewed the Sunseeker 88, Manhattan 68 Pacific, 65 Sport Yacht and the Manhattan 55 at the luxury marina display. The Superhawk 55 was also available for private viewings.

Azimut returned to DIBS to premiere the new S7 for the Middle East and present two models of the Fly Series, the Fly 53 and the Fly 68, in addition to the S6 and Grande 27M.

Enrico Chiaussa, Azimut’s chief commercial officer EMEA APAC, says: “Sustainability is inherent in Azimut’s DNA: for more than two decades we have been investing towards this goal and developing the best available technologies to make a real difference.”

Princess displayed six yachts, led by the flagship X95, including the new Y72 and X80, as well as the S62, F45 and V40. 

The Ferretti Group fleet consisted of three boats and featured the Middle East premiere of the Riva 82’ Diva. This flybridge, built at Riva’s La Spezia shipyard, was joined by Ferretti Yachts 780 and Pershing 8X models.

The recent Dubai International Boat Show has proven a success for major brands from across the yachting industry.

Opera

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region currently hosts 12.6 per cent of the world’s superyacht fleet. The biggest superyachts on display at DIBS 2024 included the 50m wooden motor yacht Afra, exhibited by UAE-based brokerage Bush & Noble. Also on show was the 47.5m Aquamarina built by ISA Yachts in Italy, represented by TWW Yachts, and the 46m Baglietto Lucky Me, displayed by superyacht broker Behnemar.

Meanwhile, yacht watchers couldn’t fail to spot the 146.35-metre Lürssen superyacht Opera (above), which was docked in Dubai Harbour during the show. 

The 31st edition of the Dubai International Boat Show will take place at Dubai Harbour in February 2025.

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