Everything you may have missed from Dubai International Boat Show 2024

The highly anticipated 30th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show took place from 28 February to 3 March on the boating epicentre that is Dubai Harbour. As media partners of the event, SuperYacht Times were in attendance to explore some of the most thrilling attractions present at DIBS 2024.

Dubai International Boat Show Reinforces the City’s Reputation as Tourism Hub for Marine Business and Leisure

  • Dubai International Boat Show Draws to a Close Amidst Bustling Crowds and Tales of Exhibitor Success On a Global Scale After Casting Spotlight Once More on International Yachting Industry
  • As the 30th edition comes to a close, key exhibitors at Dubai International Boat Show are celebrating deals made during successful five-day event

Dubai, UAE – 3 March 2024: Dubai International Boat Show, the Middle East, Africa and Asia’s largest and most established maritime show, has wrapped up following a hugely successful week of high value boat sales, important discussions addressing industry developments, groundbreaking agreements and partnerships set to shape the future of the yachting world.

The exhibition is recognised as one of the most influential boat shows in the world and has accelerated the international yachting industry during its five-day run, proving why Dubai has fast become one of the most sought-after marine leisure tourism hubs.

We look at some of the biggest developments throughout the five-day celebration of all things maritime:

Top sales

Evidencing the Dubai International Boat Show as a platform to connect major boat builders with HNWI and UHNWI, major sales were made by Athaus Yachts, who sold their Lamborghini 63 built by Tecnomar Yachts, hull #19 to a UAE expat. Upon sharing this exciting news Beatrice Chiardi said: “It has been an exciting show with really strong negotiations nearly closed from day two onwards. We’ve welcomed younger visitors from different countries at our stand this year, with the potential to buy. This show is the place to be in terms of meeting people from the industry and it really is the best place in the world to be, to work together.

SanLorenzo, which also sold three yachts at the exhibition, highlighted the show as a platform to reach new potential buyers and long-standing clients alike for impactful sales. “We are extremely happy this year, as we have welcomed more people than last. 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,” said a representative of SanLorenzo.

Abeer AlShaali, Deputy Managing Director at Gulf Craft Group, commented: “Gulf Craft Group has sold multiple of its iconic vessels during the show, from its award-winning Majesty Yachts, renowned Nomad Yacht, and sleek Silvercraft and SilverCAT brands with many more deals in the pipeline. Furthermore, we proudly unveiled our latest advancements, staying attuned to international trends and demonstrating our commitment to evolving alongside the industry.

MTM Group, which is participating at the show for the 18th time, sold over 10 jet skis, and have promised to return again next year upon seeing the incredible response that has been increasing annually. Bassem Wazafi, General Manager of MTM Group, said: “The sales we‘ve seen this year at the show have been a result of the incredible organisation of the show itself. It was the best I think, so far. We’re going to continue next year as well and we’re going to rebook.

Varied visitors and buyers were welcomed by exhibitors with multiple yacht builders recognising the diversification in this year’s edition, seeing an increase in European and Arab prospective buyers.Sustainability continued to be in focus for the Dubai International Boat Show with exhibitor Sunreef presenting two fully electric yachts – electric sail and electric power. Demonstrating its commitment to providing excellence with safety for the environment, the yachts follow an energy efficient concept with sustainable air energy saving air conditioning and elements of the yacht made from plant-based composites. Artur Poloczanski, Public Relations Director At Sunreef Yachts, said: “I’m most excited about announcing our Ras Al Khaimah shipyard at the Dubai International Boat Show. We started out over 20 years ago in Poland and now we’re branching out into the UAE. This follows our news from last year when we announced the opening of our Dubai office.

Azimut’s ‘green path’ already includes the first fuel cell tested on board, the first hybrid yacht and a fleet of Low Emission Yachts, as well as the alliance with Eni Live (Eni Sustainable Mobility) for the decarbonisation of yachting to supply HVOlution. Enrico Chiaussa – Azimut Chief Commercial Officer EMEA APAC, said, “The yachting industry is undergoing a revolution in terms of sustainability, a topic which is increasingly important to clients all over the world, and we have been leading the way in this direction for years. 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.

Landmark agreements

The decision to host Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai Harbour for its 31st edition was agreed on site with Trixie LohMirmand, EVP – Dubai World Trade Centre, and Abdulla Binhabtoor, Chief Portfolio Management Officer at Shamal Holding, the owner and curator of Dubai Harbour, confirming a long-term partnership that provides the global yachting community with further opportunities for growth.

Members-only boat club, The Captain’s Club, announced its plans to expand from Dubai into Kuwait, evidencing the development of the regional maritime sector and the impact the Dubai International Boat Show has on professionals in the maritime sector. Zaid Shouly said: “As CEO of The Captain’s Club, I am thrilled to unveil our groundbreaking franchise partnership with Al Boom Marine, heralding the launch of our prestigious annual membership services in Kuwait. This exciting collaboration represents a monumental leap forward in our mission to extend our maritime excellence beyond the UAE’s shores. Together with Al Boom Marine, we are empowering enthusiasts in Kuwait to embark on unforgettable boating adventures, delivering the same unrivalled standard of excellence and dedication to quality that defines The Captain’s Club.

Marine Services One, a leading UAE provider of yacht repairs, refits, and marine equipment distribution for leisure yachting, announced the addition of three new partners to its portfolio during the annual event: Italvipla, Osmosea, and Tikal Marine Systems. The announcement expands the company’s capabilities to deliver for its clients and offer more comprehensive solutions, superior quality and value for money.

Ali Khreis, Promotion Manager at Al Fajer Marine, said: “Through this boat show we have been able to initiate talks and negotiations to have representatives and ambassadors for Al Fajer Marine in Australia, Maldives and the UK. If these negotiations get confirmed in the future, they would be the first of its kind for Al Fajer Marine – a result of this incredible boat show.

The 31st edition of Dubai International Boat Show will take place at Dubai Harbour in February 2025 – further details will be announced in due course.

The Annual Dubai Boat Show Leisure Yachting Conference Highlights Regional Outperformance

  • Talks highlighted how Dubai and the regional landscape continues to outpace the world and the impact this is having on the boating industry
  • Nautical conference brought together more than 200 industry professionals to discuss industry shifts including smart and connected yachts
  • Sustainability a key talking point throughout the day as more heavyweights prioritise green options

The Annual Dubai Boat Show Leisure Yachting Conference successfully concluded today, bringing together industry leaders and leisure yachting experts for a day of insightful discussions on the latest trends and innovations in the yachting sector.

Running under the theme ‘How to Navigate and Win in the New Yachting Economy of the Middle East’, crucial discussions were carried out on how the region as yachting destination is outpacing the world, how to navigate a path towards sustainability in an industry now looking to contribute to national net zero goals as well as targeting Ultra-High-Net-Worth-Individuals, amongst others.

Held at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, the conference commenced with opening remarks from esteemed dignitaries, including His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, and Senior Advisor to the Dubai Boat Show, and Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre. These remarks set the stage for discussions on the region’s transformation into a global yachting paradise and the impact the region’s outperformance in the sector is having on the industry, driven by government initiatives and sustainable developments including the inspiring Dubai Reef.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, and Senior Advisor to the Dubai Boat Show said: “The Annual Dubai Boat Show Leisure Yachting Conference is an annual highlight, bringing together the best minds in the industry together to spark conversations on innovation. As we gear up to open Dubai International Boat Show 2024 in its landmark 30th edition at Dubai Harbour where we will have over 200 magnificent vessels, I can’t help but reflect on how far we have come.”

Key Insights

The conference provided valuable insights into sustainability, marketing strategies, influencer collaborations, commercial strategies, and technological advancements shaping the luxury yachting industry, underlining the powerful strategies regional shipyards and brokers are implementing.

Industry experts were upbeat in their assessment of the sector’s ability to ride the green wave and commercialise sustainability. They also delved into various topics, including innovative marketing strategies leading to the Dubai’s achievements, the influence of influencers, and how AI is transforming luxury yachting.

Abeer Al Shaali, Deputy Managing Director of Gulf Craft said: “Reflecting on the conference, it was insightful to see the maritime industry’s progression. The discussions around sustainable practices, technological advancements, and the evolving preferences of HNWIs provided valuable insights into Gulf Craft’s strategic direction. Embracing Dubai’s 2030 Vision for Sustainability, we remain dedicated to playing a pivotal role in shaping a more responsible and innovative future for yachting.”

The Green Wave

Further, panel members discussed the progress being made in harnessing advanced green technology developments to make luxury yachts more environmentally conscious and agreed that more rigorous emissions regulations would propel shipyards into producing eco-friendly yachts opening up new avenues for profitable ventures.

Visitors to the conference heard that developing sustainable opportunities would also impact the pulling power of eco-friendly travel destinations, particularly among the growing sustainability-minded youth sector, with Gulf states emerging as likely winners.

Yousuf Lootah, Acting CEO of Corporate Strategy and Performance Sector, Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism, commented: “As Dubai continues to grow in stature as a leading marine tourism destination and a global superyacht capital, we look forward to the continued expansion of Dubai’s marine ecosystem and infrastructure over the next 10 years. This aligns with the aspiration of our visionary leadership and the goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33, to further consolidate Dubai’s position as one of the top three global cities for business and leisure. Dubai Reef, one of our city’s most ambitious and inspiring projects yet, will play a vital role, as we remain committed to supporting our ESG and UAE NetZero 2050 goals and advancing the transition towards a green economy, with the aim of making Dubai the best city to visit, live and work in.”

The Future of the Gulf and Its Customer

The Gulf was earmarked as a leading yachting capital with delegates highlighting Ras Al Khaimah’s multi-billion-dollar Wynn Al Marjan Island, Saudi Arabia’s $2bn Amaala Yacht Club and NEOM’s Sindalah Island as yachting hubs which are redefining standards in the industry.

Michael Breman, Sales Director – Lurssen Yachts said: “We have seen how the customer has morphed from a ‘yachtsman’ to a ‘lifestyle-r’ who is seeing yachting as the ideal space to share with family. While many customers remain conservative and careful – it is a niche market, we are witnessing that shift which we are adapting to and has enabled further expansion.”

The Impact of Technology

The conference also heard how technology is rapidly impacting the industry’s evolutions through new vessel design as well as the effect on the buying experience, highlighting Dubai’s position as a leading destination spearheading the shift in expectation in the luxury market.

Jad Zakkak Migliorini, Head of Sales & Delivery Operations and Head of Marketing – Azimut Yachts said: “It’s important for us to use tech to make the process of buying easier – this is what buyers are looking for right now. In the post-pandemic area, buyers expect virtual services including e-lounges which can cause challenges given our business is based on experience. There are opportunities for us to continue to optimise and curate advanced experiences using technological advancements.”

Emiratis in the Spotlight

Captain Sahar Rasti reflected on her personal experiences mentioning: “As the first Emirati female ship captain, my journey to this position has been fuelled by a lifelong fascination with the sea and a determination to pave the way for women in a traditionally male-dominated field.

“My experience not only highlights the personal journey but also shines a light on the incredible support from our great country and its leaders. Their unwavering encouragement of women to pursue their dreams, especially in fields traditionally dominated by men, has been instrumental. This backing has been a cornerstone of my success, showcasing the commitment to empowering women and ensuring we can excel and contribute significantly to our society’s progress and innovation.”

Taking place from 28th February – 3rd March, the Dubai International Boat Show is set to showcase an extensive array of international marine attractions from over 1,000 different brands, including 400 new companies, from leading yachting companies.

Charting the Course: The Top Trends and Themes From This Week’s Dubai International Boat Show 2024

  • From VR tours and Gen Z command centres to the need for patience with hydrogen, this year’s Dubai International Boat Show is progressing the nautical narrative   

Dubai, UAE – 1 March 2024: Over the past three decades, Dubai International Boat Show has evolved into the Middle East’s most renowned yachting event, setting trends, driving change, and heightening focus on underrepresented issues and themes. This week, the region’s largest and most established marine lifestyle show is celebrating its 30th anniversary until March 3, with the show once again setting the agenda for the region’s maritime industry.

Whether it is virtual tours of private superyachts or engaging live demonstrations of new tech, insights into generational differences in boatbuilding or spotting modern Italian style on the show floor, we look at some of the key trends, themes, and things to see at Dubai International Boat Show 2024 that make it such a must-attend event for maritime enthusiasts, industry professionals, and the curious public.

Livin’ La Vida Luxuriously

The co-located Marine Luxury Lifestyle exhibition is a celebration of high-end maritime living, showcasing everything from regional destinations such as Yas Marina and Saudi Arabia’s NEOM, to Maui Jim sunglasses and Middle Eastern clothing brand Carter & White, which specialises in Egyptian cotton. Visitors can immerse themselves in opulence, with displays showcasing the best in nautical affluence and marine technology. At the Seakeeper stand, guests can view engaging live demonstrations of the company’s innovations, designed to ensure stability in the water by reducing boat roll and pitch. As Ryan Albers, Director of Sales & Support at Seakeeper Ride, said: “The most obnoxious part of boating is the rolling or the slam of the bow as the waves come. If you could eliminate 70-80 per cent of the violence occurring, it makes boating more pleasurable and keeps you and your guests on the boat for longer.”

At the Seakeeper stand, guests can view engaging live demonstrations of the company’s innovations

The Generation Game

Forget Hemingway and his Old Man and the Sea, this year’s Dubai International Boat Show is all about appealing to younger generations. In the air-conditioned main tent, amid the Formula One cars and strutting influencers, Australia’s Echo Yachts is allowing visitors to strap on a Meta Quest 3 headset, virtually step aboard its 84m White Rabbit superyacht, and explore every inch of the largest trimaran the world has ever seen. Down on the show’s impressive Superyacht Avenue, Feadship’s Chief Marketing Officer Farouk Nefzi gives another insight into the preferences of the younger generation. Feadship’s concept yacht Pure features a windowless command centre filled entirely with screens. “When we unveiled this, older captains said: ‘No windows; no way!’” said Nefzi. “But the younger generations were the opposite. They were like: ‘Yes! It’s the ultimate gaming console, I love it!”

Feadship’s concept yacht Pure features a windowless command centre filled entirely with screens

Translucent with a Tint of Green

Whether it is a trimaran that uses 40 per cent less power than a similarly sized monohull to achieve the same top speed or a vessel with a solar panelled roof that generates the energy to run its interior electrics, the focus more than ever is on the environment. Like many manufacturers, Dubai-owned Gulf Craft Group is experimenting with the use of hydrogen propulsion, but Mohammed Alshaali, chairman of Gulf Craft, says it will take time. “This is a process not a decision,” he said. “You cannot just decide to move from diesel or gasoline to electric or hydrogen overnight, but the damage to the environment done by the yard is something like 0.002 per cent, so it’s very minimal compared to other sources of threat to the environment. That said, we hope to launch something soon.”

International Interest

From St Kitts & Nevis to Bulgaria, a host of national flags are fluttering in Dubai Harbour this week while exhibitors have travelled in from more than 55 countries, including four debut nations in the form of Austria, Finland, South Korea, and Sweden. Yet for those walking through the tented area, visitors can be forgiven for thinking they have been transported to Italy. The central walkway features brand representatives from more than a dozen Italian companies such as Zar Formenti, Fidema Group, and the Italian Trade Agency. Italia Yachts’ Fabio Pignatelli attended last year’s DIBS and says this year he has noted a jump in the number of people with genuine interest in learning about boats from other parts of the world. “Here in Dubai, I can see there is a real passion and curiosity to understand the boats and the industry in general. This is different from Italy and it is very nice – to see, to discuss, to share information,” he added.

Italia Yachts’ Fabio Pignatelli says this year he has noted a jump in the number of people with genuine interest in learning about boats from other parts of the world

Room with a View

While the show has more than 200 boats on display this week, exhibitor and show partner Sobha Real Estate is grabbing with both hands the opportunity to put its latest marine-based project in front of ultra-high net worth individuals and show that terra firma can still hold appeal. Located at Dubai Harbour and set for completion in 2026, Sobha Seahaven will be a premium sea-facing destination with ultra-luxury 1-4-bedroom apartments and exclusive amenities. With prices starting from Dh3.2m and rising to as high as Dh135m for one of its three penthouses, the Sobha sales team are in high demand this week. Curiously, Sobha staff said Arabs are not among the top three nationalities purchasing the apartments – instead, Russians, Indians, and Chinese are the three moving quickest to snap up their latest investments off-plan.  

Sobha Seahaven will be a premium sea-facing destination with ultra-luxury 1-4-bedroom apartments and exclusive amenities

Taking place until March 3 at Dubai Harbour, the Dubai International Boat Show is showcasing an extensive array of international marine attractions from more than 1,000 different brands, including 400 new companies.

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Proudly UAE: Local Brands Leading the Charge At Dubai International Boat Show

  • Exhibitors from the UAE shine as visitors from all around the world marvel at yachts and product displays by Gulf Craft, Dubai Police, Al Fajer and Dubai International Marine Club

Dubai, UAE – 2 March 2024: After three decades as a strategic platform enhancing the global appeal of the UAE’s homegrown marine sector, a host of the country’s most innovative brands are proudly showcasing their latest luxury lifestyle products at the 30th anniversary edition of Dubai International Boat Show – the region’s largest and most established marine lifestyle event – which runs until Sunday 3 March at Dubai Harbour.

Loud and proud

Nestled between Hypercar Avenue and the event’s dedicated Fishing Village, the Proudly UAE section of the 30th Dubai International Boat Show is amplifying the country’s maritime heritage and showcasing its best locally made vessels, nautical products, and innovations.

Dubai-based Al Suwaidi Marine (ASM) has launched two new fishing boat vessels: a 36-foot craft and a smaller 31-foot sport craft. For Mohammed Al Suwaidi, ASM’s Chairman, leveraging this year’s event to unveil the two boats was a straight-forward decision.

“This is the biggest boat show in the region, so for me, every boatbuilder should participate,” said Al Suwaidi. “The title ‘Proudly UAE’ is very nice because we are indeed proud to be from the Emirates, and we’re also proud to introduce our products here for the first time. Launching our new vessels at Dubai International Boat Show ensures we attract more attention, which they deserve because they’re very good quality craft made right here in the UAE.”  

Proudly UAE is amplifying the country’s maritime heritage and showcasing its best locally made vessels, nautical products, and innovations
Proudly UAE is amplifying the country’s maritime heritage and showcasing its best locally made vessels, nautical products, and innovations

Racing excellence

Visitors have flocked to see two spectacular racing boats designed and manufactured by the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) in collaboration with Dubai’s world-famous Victory Team. Doubling up as both exhibitors and activation leaders, DIMC is leading the Dubai Fishing Competition for Kingfish and Cobia, as well as the event’s dedicated freestyle and HydroFly competitions.

Doubling up as both exhibitors and activation leaders, DIMC is leading the Dubai Fishing Competition for Kingfish and Cobia

Dubai Police

Synonymous with its fleet of eye-popping supercars, the prestigious Dubai Police has wowed local and international visitors with its fleet of premium sea-based vessels. Showcasing excellence in law enforcement, the fleet includes the award-winning racing Jetski which has participated in world championships, a pioneering Jet Car capable of speeds of up to 80 km an hour on water that is a favourite in UAE National Day celebrations, as well as the official patrol boat.

The prestigious Dubai Police has wowed local and international visitors with its fleet of premium sea-based vessels
Showcasing excellence in law enforcement, the fleet includes the award-winning racing Jetski which has participated in world championships

UAE boat builders in the spotlight

Al Fajer Marine, one of the UAE’s largest boat builders, has reported a host of global interest in its vessels including European buyers hailing from Germany and Spain, as well as GCC-based client prospects. The company has launched at the show the S-Class 90, and the Sunrise 60.  The former measures in at 92 feet and can go up to 45 knots, while the latter is 61.5 feet and can get up to speeds of 27 knots.

Legacy show partner, Gulf Craft, which has 15 vessels at this year’s event, reiterated the significance of Dubai International Boat Show reaching its 30th anniversary milestone at a time when population and infrastructure growth have established Dubai as an essential sales point for superyacht manufacturers all over the world.

Legacy show partner, Gulf Craft, which has 15 vessels at this year’s event, reiterated the significance of Dubai International Boat Show

Abeer AlShaali, Deputy Managing Director of Gulf Craft, said: “For Gulf Craft, Dubai International Boat Show is our home show. We feel a strong connection to the event – we believe in it, and we believe in the power it has for the entire industry. I have been personally having meetings since the day before the show with different stakeholders around the world, talking about the importance of this show. It brings together clients, boat builders, suppliers, associations, like SYBAss. I think it’s a great opportunity for us in the MENA region to really discuss what’s going on in our industry. This is where we get to display our boats and impress our clients and the wider city of Dubai which has really opened its arms to the marine industry.”

Taking place until March 3 at Dubai Harbour, Dubai International Boat Show is showcasing an extensive array of international marine attractions from more than 1,000 different brands, including 400 new companies. And over 200-plus crafts by the world’s leading yachting companies.

The company has launched at the show the S-Class 90, and the Sunrise 60

Dubai Boat Show: Region’s enthusiasts seek larger yachts, enhanced privacy, ‘Majlis-style’ seating

As the popularity of luxury boats and yachts rises, the region’s ultra-wealthy, including enthusiasts from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, are in pursuit of larger vessels offering enhanced privacy and a distinctive ‘majlis-style’ seating arrangement on the main deck.

Navigating Innovation: Top Global Brands Launch New Vessels and Display Industry Favourite Models at Dubai International Boat Show 2024 

  • Gulf Craft, Sunseeker, and Ferretti Group among those with regional and international launches this week at Dubai Harbour as part of the Dubai International Boat Show 2024
  • Finnmaster marks sale of its largest model on first day of show
  • Influx of European visitors recognised by key exhibitors

Dubai, UAE – 29 February 2024: From the world’s largest wooden superyacht to spacious luxury catamarans,some of the most prominent global yacht brands have revealed their latest vessels at the Dubai International Boat Show 2024, the region’s largest and most established marine lifestyle show.

Running until March 3 at Dubai Harbour, the maritime showcase is welcoming visitors from Europe and Middle East with exhibitors citing an increase in Turkish, Russian, British, Saudi and Spanish buyers visiting their stands.

Displaying a host yachts, innovative designs, and luxurious features, further establishing the annual boat show as a must-attend event for both yacht enthusiasts and industry professionals. From sleek and stylish yachts to stunning catamarans, luxury boats and eye-catching hydrofoils, this year’s exhibition showcases outstanding design, innovation, and craftsmanship.

Here are just a few of the noteworthy launches, displays and sales from this year’s show, which is organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre:

Finnmaster Boats
Marking a successful first day of show, Finnmaster Boats sold its largest model, the Grandezza 37CA, to Dubai Creek Marina. Citing a notable increase in trade visitors during day one, their team also highlighted an influx in Russian buyers at the show. The Grandezza 37 CA will be built to Gulf specifications offering a perfect blend of comfort and style while integrating weather resisting methodologies. Boasting two cabins, large exterior and interior lounges, and a galley, the pocket-yacht includes sustainable features that align with modern environmental standards.

Sirena Yachts
Sirena Yachts is also displaying its magnificent 26.81-metre Wish, a blend of luxury and performance that can reach speeds of up to 25 knots with space to accommodate 10 guests along with 4 crew members. Referencing a notable increase in Turkish and Spanish visitors on the show’s first day, Sirena Yachts remain optimistic about with a number of potential sales discussions had on day one.

Gulf Craft
UAE-based superyacht builder, Gulf Craft, is proudly showcasing 15 yachts, including the Nomad 101, Majesty 111, and its new Majesty 60. Making its global premiere, the stunning addition to its esteemed Majesty Yachts collection is an 18.5-metre new model incorporating cutting-edge design, state-of-the-art technology, and luxurious amenities that redefine the standards of luxury yachting.

Ferretti Yachts
Italian shipyard, Ferretti Yachts, is giving Riva 82 Diva its MENA introduction this week in Dubai, seeing a number of European visitors viewing their latest offering. The 25.3-metre flybridge yacht features a range of design advancements that enhance both aesthetics and functionality, including high gunwales with painted composite segments instead of traditional steel handrails. Aside from its well-defined living areas, which include fold-down bulwarks that increase the yacht’s six-metre beam by an additional 50 per cent, the yacht also offers space for a jet tender of up to four metres in length.

The world’s leading brand for luxury motor yachts, Sunseeker, is launching four – soon to be five – boats this week, including its 65 Sport Yacht, which measures 20.7m and can reach speeds of up to 35 knots, and its Manhattan 68 Pacific, ideal for summer distance cruising with a main deck that includes a large aft cockpit, galley, dining area, and saloon. Its Manhattan 55 meanwhile is designed to easily accommodate groups of families and friends keen to socialise, and the Sunseeker 88 Yacht, an award-winning vessel that can host eight guests with two twin cabins and a forward VIP complementing the owner’s stateroom. Sunseeker’s Superhawk 55 is also expected to be on display later this week and will be available for private viewings.

Azimut S7 by Azimut is the latest addition to the S series and is a sport yacht with a sustainability focus. Coming in at 22-metres in length, the yacht seamlessly blends luxurious style with a strong commitment to sustainability, setting a new standard in luxury yachting. Guaranteeing the lowest fuel consumption possible, the Azimut S7 is fitted with automated interceptors that optimise the trim at every speed to maintain ideal hydrodynamics for both performance and efficiency. Meanwhile triple Pod propulsion combined with optimised water lines and carbon fibre, reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by between 20 and 30 per cent in the main speed range.

Bush & Noble
Exclusively listed by Bush & Noble, the Wooden Yacht does exactly what it says on the hull: It is the world’s largest wooden superyacht and spans 50 metres. Featuring a classic wooden exterior that conjures memories of a traditional Arab dhow, the yacht’s wooden frame is complemented by its impressive interior layout and Italian furnishings, which create a relaxed, inviting, and modern environment. Sure to be one of the most popular boats on show this week, the unique project is showcased by the Bush and Noble Group, which Sunseeker Gulf is also part of.

SF Yachts
SF Yachts is similarly showcasing two stunning vessels: the Prestige M48 and the Riviera RCAT 50. The Prestige M48 is a 15m boat offering unparalleled freedom of movement and stability promising its occupants peaceful moments at sea. Designed to provide a seamless blend of comfort and performance, it boasts a cruising speed of 20 knots and ensures swift, smooth journeys. The Riviera RCAT 50 meanwhile, is a 15.4-metre luxury catamaran, is designed to maximise space and offers the roominess typically found in larger vessels. With a seating capacity for up to 10 people on the stern and a spacious balcony area at the front, it provides ample room for relaxation and entertainment.

Running until March 3, boat owners, captains, divers, and trade visitors can enjoy complimentary entry on registration, while individual tickets start from AED 60. Kids under 12 go free.

To purchase tickets for Dubai International Boat Show, please click here.