Sailing Into A Quiet Life – Yachting Lifestyle Investigated

A new philosophy in yachting aims to elevate the purpose and use of superyachts to new levels and, in turn, bring us closer to the elusive dream of a tranquil and fulfilled existence.

The Experiential Yachting Forum proposes a new vision for the marine industry across two distinct sectors – investment in multifunctional branded superyachts and holistic yachting.

These separate stands align and even mingle as we explore the importance of mindfulness.

Life on the ocean is a dream that many aspire to, as it is perceived as the ultimate way to escape the everyday – whales and dolphins as neighbours, an endless stream of sunrises and sunsets, with new horizons always within reach.

Making the Most of Your Yacht

With the fresh sea air filling your lungs and the tranquility of the ocean soothing your mind, yachting is certainly a holistic experience. With each yacht possessing its own capabilities, features and activities, the vessel’s unique aspects create an opportunity to share the experience with others.

However, adventures bring challenges and each day on the water requires preparation, organisation and dedication.

Turning your investment into a steady income, yachts and superyachts are increasingly being used for many experiential activities. From holistic retreats, expeditions and workspaces to weekend breaks and even floating medical centres, bringing the benefits of life onboard a boat need not be exclusive to owners.

Spending time out on the ocean emphasises the importance of mindfulness, it raises awareness and appreciation for nature. Reducing stress whilst improving physical and mental health, life on a yacht bridges the connection between the sea and self. These positive traits are being further explored and investigated by many in the yachting community.

Growth & Progression

With the yacht charter market forecast to reach $10.82 billion by 2027, marine tourism played a large part in the conclusions made by market forecaster Fortune Business Insights. It is little wonder then, that for many yacht owners finding a unique and bespoke offering for their yachts and superyachts, falls to experiential yachting.

From on board VR sports sessions, award winning chefs cooking up global cuisine, meditation sessions and therapy to a vast array of water sports, fishing, diving and hiking excursions, the holistic approach to yachting is an all-round health kick. Capitalising on the industry boom has never been easier.

Industry specialists in the sale, purchase and charter of luxury yachts and superyachts, sum up the methodology behind the philosophy perfectly:

“The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well, said Greek physician Hippocrates. The World Health Organisation has estimated that 65% to 80% of the world’s population use holistic or complementary medicine as their main source of healthcare.”

Driving this new philosophy of yachting is the Experiential Yachting Forum, which is making its debut at Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) for 2023.

Discover a New Type of Yachting Life at DIBS

As the biggest and best boat show in the Middle East, DIBS 2023 will be host to the 2nd Experiential Yachting Forum. Over the course of two days the forum, which was designed to elevate human potential through yachting, will address topics such as holistic yachting, preventative health care and multifunctional superyachts.

Taking place on the 2-3 March, speakers, partners and privileged guests come together to share knowledge, expand networks and collaborate on the future of yachting, the opportunities presented by the lifestyle and how it can beneficially impact people’s lives.

“This forum was created with a mission to elevate human potential through yachting and to change the perception of yachting by identifying a new niche for multifunctional superyachts,” said Maria Alekseenko Magan, the founder of Experiential Yachting.

Bringing together yacht owners and leading players from the industry as well as world-renowned luxury brands, medical centres, government authorities and asset management companies, the forum presents an exciting, unadulterated opportunity to rediscover life onboard a yacht.

Find out more about the work The Experiential Yachting Forum is undertaking and to take part, sign up here.

What Makes Us The Biggest And Best Boat Show In The Middle East?

This year the is 29th edition of the largest and most exciting marine and lifestyle show and 2023 is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Here’s why the event on 1-5 March will make waves across the industry.

Coming up for 2023

Dubai International Boat Show 2023 is set to make a huge splash with visitors and exhibitors, building on the successes of 2022, when there were over 800 boat show exhibitors and brands in attendance; AED 1.5 billion worth of super yachts and boats on display; 30 global and regional launches, and 30,000 visitors.

Bring the family fun for all the family can be found at the dedicated watersports zone. Try your hand at kayaking, paddle boarding, and SUP What’s even better, all the fun is included in your ticket price.

Take some time out to see what the glorious Marina at Dubai Harbour has to offer. On-the-water displays take place throughout each day of the Dubai International Boat Show, showcasing the latest vessel designs, advancements, marine equipment and more on the Marina’s glittering waters.

Watersport thrills

For lovers of playing in the ocean, there will be a wide range of watersport equipment from jet skis, fly boards, kite surfing and more. Be wowed as talented artists come to show us their incredible skills throughout the weekend.

The sea dream

Stock up at the Equipment, Supplies and Services exhibition which brings together over 800 specialised brands looking to wow you with their latest creations, innovations and technologies.

Find all the marine essentials and specialised equipment needed to keep your boat afloat – ranging from satellite navigational systems to anchors, deck fixtures and engines. ESS caters to both consumers and trader buyers; welcome to the biggest marine equipment event in the Middle East.

Dive into luxury

Take a stroll down Superyacht Avenue, where you can marvel at the breathtaking arrivals of the world’s most exclusive yachts book tours to look around them and more. You will find all the leading marques of the yachting world here, with Princess, Gulf Craft, Feadship and San Lorenzo amongst the spectacular line-up, all supported by SYBASS (the world’s Superyacht Building Association).

To onboard the marine aesthetic, our VIP guests should check out Seaspiration, the show’s invite-only in-house art gallery. Here we present internationally renowned artists and sculptors who bring their sea-inspired pieces perfect for adorning the interiors of your home, whether on land or sea.

Underwater life

Located within the Dubai International Boat Show, Dive MENA Expo is the only dedicated exhibition show for the UAE and GCC diving communities. Catering to both professional divers and enthusiasts Dive MENA offers educational activities for children and beginners, as well as interactive and live presentations from industry leaders and experts.

Going pro? You can gain access to the demonstrations, discover the latest equipment and network with industry leaders and the wider diving community.

Catch of the year

Whether it’s just for fun or serious angling, the fishing village offers the newest technology in fly fishing as well as the Dubai Fishing Competition – everyone is invited to join and here amateurs and professionals can compete side by side in a bid to be awarded the title of ‘Region’s finest angler.’

The Ultimate Destination

Offering berths for superyachts of up to 160 metres, and with 700 berths in total, Dubai Harbour Marina is the largest in the region. With independent fuel pumps, a helipad, crew facilities, a mix of restaurants and plenty more to offer, the world-class marina is a world of luxury; a unique waterfront neighbourhood is nestled between the city’s most-loved landmarks, beautiful beaches and world-famous attractions.

Welcome to Dubai

Pair your visit to the Dubai International Boat Show with a tour around the scenic, surroundings of Dubai that offer a myriad of experiences, sights, and shopping opportunities!

The buzzing metropolis of Dubai is the perfect backdrop to the festive atmosphere around the show and the displays that offer a unique experience for all ages. With the world’s boating communities meeting here to celebrate life on the ocean, why would you want to be anywhere else?

B2B Matchmaking At Dubai International Boat Show

The largest marine equipment event in the Middle East, Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) welcomes visitors from the furthest reaches of the globe. Our five-day trade show plays host to exhibitors, trade buyers, and consumers hailing from Australasia, America, and everywhere in between. It is the ultimate forum for companies and suppliers to meet and mingle with the yachting world’s biggest players.

The potential for forging fruitful long-term business relationships at this unique event is an opportunity that can’t be missed. With the who’s who of the world’s yachting industry descending on Dubai, why would you be networking anywhere else?

Marine Equipment, from Everyday to Blow You Away

The Equipment, Supplies, and Services (ESS) trade show showcases the finest wares tailored to every practical or fanciful need of the maritime industry. Visitors can browse anything from mechanical marine hardware to advanced onboard electrical safety systems. On display will be ranges of impeccably designed interior fixtures and fittings, whole arrays of marine leisure equipment, and sophisticated navigation and communication technologies, all available for buyers to peruse.

With over 27,000 maritime companies operating in Dubai alone, navigating the sheer number of exhibits this event hosts may seem daunting. Forward planning goes a long way in ensuring businesses and customers can make the right connections, and the Business Matchmaking facility at DIBS ESS provides exactly that.

The Latest Software Helping Businesses Bond

The DIBS matchmaking programme links exhibitors with the companies, consumers, and suppliers best situated to fulfil their needs or make use of their services. Specialist technology analyses each attendee’s interests and wants, and then suggests industry connections that would be most advantageous to each party, creating beneficial business relationships that neither party would have thought to make.

Weeks before the in-person event begins, participating businesses and customers can begin networking with other attendees on the platform. This early visibility makes other brands and clients with interests in your services aware of your presence at the event ahead of time Once aware, they can plan to meet with you accordingly. Time at the event itself can thus be optimally used for forging personal and business links with the parties best suited to collaborate with you.

Schedule Virtual or In-Person Meetings

Through our business matchmaking platform, sitting and arranging the meetings that offer the best value is simplified. You can browse attendees of interest, businesses and exhibits from the comfort of your own phone. With live schedules available, finding and fitting in everyone you want to see is a streamlined process. This means more connections, better engagement and an efficient way to manage your own time. 

You can arrange meetings in person, or virtually. This seamless, innovative approach puts your time into your hands.

Speaking about making connection at last year’s event, exhibitor Marek Landa, CEO of Crystal Caviar, said: “The Dubai International Boat Show is one of the most important events on our calendar each year owing to the fact that it brings industry professionals from around the globe under one roof. We’ve sold out of all the pieces that we had brought with us and had some fruitful conversations over the past five days that we will be taking forward post the show.”To become an exhibitor and participate in the most high-profile maritime event in the region, just fill in the form here to book a stand.