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Abu Dhabi: The Nautical Capital of the World

Federico Tibytt


Manufacturers of shipyards and accessories in the region such as Al Shaali Marine, Al Mazrooei Craft, Al Suwaidi Marine, Emirates Boats, Greenline Yacht Interiors and IMG Boats, just to mention a few, join the world's great yacht brands in this four-day event in Abu Dhabi. To offer even more exclusivity to its attendees, its organizers have partnered with Mercedes-Benz and some of the local 5-star hotels to provide transport and first-class accommodation.


On October 17, the first edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) will be launched, making it the ideal place to learn about the latest news in the nautical industry. The exclusive large-scale event will showcase 270 exhibitors from 25 countries around the world and will offer various amenities for visitors and VIP buyers.

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Abu Dhabi skyline. Photo Credit/. © Pixabay

This year’s show, which is set in one of the most attractive and luxurious cities in the Middle East, will showcase an array of luxury yachts, high-speed boats, sailboats and newer boats within the industry at a massive 334,000 sq. ft. marina.

The nautical market of this region has grown significantly in recent years, with registered vessels in the Middle East exceeding US $60 billion. For this reason, the ADIBS is to be presented to the world as a gateway for shipping companies and buyers that are interested in exploring a new and thriving niche market.

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The BNow 68 by Benetti.

“The ADIBS will promote Abu Dhabi as one of the world’s centers of the nautical industry, adding to the mission of increasing tourism in the Emirate through world-class events and exhibitions,” said Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, president of the National Center of Exhibitions.

Some of the most important international brands confirmed for the event include: Prestige, Princess Yachts, PershingRiva, Riviera, Sea Ray, Sunseeker and Sunreef Yachts, among others. These companies are joined by manufacturers of shipyards and accessories in the region such as Al Shaali Marine, Al Mazrooei Craft, Al Suwaidi Marine, Emirates Boats, Greenline Yacht Interiors and IMG Boats, to name a few.

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The luxurious AS130 yacht, from Al Shaali, a local manufacturer in Abu Dhabi.

This year’s show will also display an array of novelties and new navigation technologies such as BGB’s system of underwater lighting, which controls the color and intensity of light according to specific aquatic conditions through an easy-to-use app.

To ensure a pleasant experience for visitors, the show has agreed to partnering with Mercedes-Benz to provide transportation to and from the show. The list of associated accommodations includes the Hyatt Capital Gate, the Aloft Abu Dhabi and the The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, among others. The VIPs can also enjoy a lounge decorated by the design firm Greenline Yacht Interiors and an agenda with special events throughout the four-day show.

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The sleek Azimut 72 yacht, from Azimut Yachts.

Between October 17 and 20, Abu Dhabi will be the nautical capital of the world, making it the perfect excuse to fully enjoy the luxury of the Arab Emirates.  ■


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