The 28th edition of Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), the Middle East’s nautical showpiece, opened yesterday (March 9) at its new venue at Dubai Harbour featuring more than 800 brands.
Inaugurated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, the event runs until March 13, reported Emirates News Agency WAM.
The show will welcome exhibitors from more than 54 countries, with all attendees required to register online in advance.
Speaking at the opening event, Sheikh Hamdan said the event is one of the world’s top three most influential international yacht shows, which reflects Dubai’s status as a prominent global maritime destination. He further said the rapid development of Dubai’s maritime infrastructure reflects the vision of the emirate’s leadership to ensure the highest standards of global excellence and transform Dubai into an influential player in major international industries.
Sheikh Hamdan toured show accompanied by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, and Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of the Dubai Maritime City Authority.
DIBS is reuniting the industry after a sustained period apart, is set to have a positive impact on growth and investment in the global maritime sector. It also promises to demonstrate Dubai Harbour’s capabilities as a dedicated superyacht marina and strengthen the emirate’s reputation as a world-class maritime destination.
The Crown Prince and his entourage visited several local boat builders, including Gulf Craft, who marked the event’s opening day by launching two new yachts, and various global heavyweights, including Ferretti and Sanlorenzo. Sheikh Hamdan also stopped at the Dubai Maritime City Authority’s stand, where he was briefed about the company’s services and initiatives.
The Crown Prince also explored the annual show’s expansive dive area. This year’s zone features a demonstrative dive pool, an engaging schedule of dive talks – including sessions on underwater cinematography and wreck discoveries – and the DIVE Mena Expo, where visitors can purchase some of the most innovative products on the market.
Source: Trade Arabia