Beneath The Waves: Highlighting Dive MENA And The DIBS Dive Pool

The Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) is about much more than only boats and yachts. It is also the only event of its kind for the UAE and GCC diving communities. This article will provide a short overview of the diving (and related) activities at DIBS 2024, giving a clear view of what dive lovers can expect at the show.


The Dive MENA event at DIBS is a prominent gathering for diving aficionados, where the latest advancements in underwater exploration are on display. Participants can engage with professional divers, marine biologists, and underwater photographers, all sharing their experiences and knowledge. The event emphasises the importance of oceanic conservation and sustainability, presenting innovative solutions and practices that aim to protect our aquatic ecosystems. Dive MENA offers a comprehensive platform for networking, learning, and discovering the newest technologies and techniques in the world of diving.

The Dive Pool

The DIBS Dive Pool offers a family-friendly array of demonstrations and opportunities for attendees to safely immerse themselves in the world of diving. It features an engaging lineup for both diving enthusiasts and newcomers. The schedule boasts interactive sessions such as bubble making and underwater games, alongside practical demonstrations on the nuanced use of diving gear, including techniques for using gear with a single breath and exchanging equipment between divers.

Entertainment at the dive pool includes divers performing underwater, with activities such as dancing and engaging in a series of choreographed movements. These performances provide a unique backdrop for attendees, who can enjoy watching these displays while relaxing and having a coffee. A segment dedicated to exhibitors showcases diving trials for those interested in experiencing scuba diving firsthand, covering everything from initial training to the dive itself. The event rounds off with competitions in equipment assembly and underwater gear-up, highlighting speed and proficiency.

Meet The Speakers

Diving experts from around the world come together at the Dive MENA Expo to show off their knowledge and research about what’s in the deep blue sea.

Hear about marine conservation and tourism, and celebrate 20 years of sea turtle rehabilitation with the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project founder Barbara Lang-Lenton. Hear about the history and achievements of the project, which is the first of its kind in the region and running since 2004. We will also hear Fahim Sultan Al Qasimi, an advocate for ocean conservation, to discuss sustainable seafood sourcing.

Other speakers include Nico de Corato, ultra-marathon runner and heli rescue diver; and Toby Gregory, who will speak on the challenges and triumphs of navigating the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

Get Your Tickets!

Now that you know what to expect, it’s time to dive into the event itself. DIBS promises an engaging and informative experience for all its visitors, with the Dive Pool positioned strategically within the Food & Beverage area to offer both refreshment and entertainment. The show serves as a beacon for the maritime community, drawing together enthusiasts from across the globe to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the underwater world. This year’s lineup, from the insightful Dive MENA sessions to the interactive dive pool activities, underscores DIBS’s commitment to the diving community. 

With so much to see and do, securing your tickets to DIBS becomes essential for anyone passionate about maritime adventures and underwater exploration.

Dubai International Boat Show Set To Begin Its Maritime Showcase With Raft of Exciting Activities for Visitors

  • Middle East’s largest marine lifestyle show celebrates three decades of global seafaring success at iconic Dubai Harbour 
  • His Excellency Saeed Hareb: “It has been incredible to witness the show’s growth and enduring power to unite the global maritime industry in Dubai”

Dubai, UAE – 26 February 2024: The highly anticipated 2024 Dubai International Boat Show, the region’s largest and most established marine lifestyle show, is embarking on its historic 30th edition at the Dubai Harbour, planning to bring together the entire maritime community from enthusiasts to experts and everyone in between.

Taking place from 28th February – 3rd March, the nautical show is set to display an extensive array of international marine attractions from over 1,000 different brands, including 400 new companies, from leading yachting companies including Ferretti, Azimut, Sunreef and Cranchi Yachts. With 200-plus crafts expected to be berthed at the event, Dubai International Boat Show continues to underline its commitment to supporting leading superyacht manufacturers with nine Super Yacht Builders Association Members (SYBAss) in attendance.

Global launches and unique yachts

UAE-based super yacht builder Gulf Craft is set to present more than 10 vessels, ranging from leisure boats to award-winning super yachts, including a global first reveal.  

In addition to the impressive array of launches brought by leading yacht builders, the popular annual Dubai event promises to mesmerise visitors with events and activities that will take place across the five days.

Visitors can also enjoy the Hypercar Avenue, designed for car enthusiasts and collectors to see rare and exceptional automobiles at the show. The multi-million-dirham exhibition provides a unique glimpse into automotive magnificence, blending luxury with innovative design. Some of the rarest cars in the world will come together in one location including a Bugatti Chiron, McLaren Speedtail and Pagani Huayra.

Adrenaline lovers can get their fix of thrills at the Watersports area with a variety of displays including jet skiing and fly boarding, with professionals ready to demonstrate their talents.

Dubai’s International Marine Club holds the finale of its hotly contested fishing competition at the show, while mini maritime fans can enjoy the designated Kids’ Area with fun and educational activities themed around the love of the ocean, including face painting.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the show offers numerous culinary options catering to all cravings. Taste buds can be satisfied with an array of options from food trucks available ranging from refreshing poke bowls to savoury pizzas, with a selection of vegetarian and vegan offerings, as well as premium coffee for caffeine lovers.

A welcome return for 2024

This edition will once again, welcome the Nikki Beach Resort Lounge to wow visitors with its delectable and diverse menu of ocean inspired meals, healthy salads, creative sushi rolls, appetisers, and variety of refreshing cocktails, alongside a lively atmosphere with the renowned beach club’s resident DJs.  

‘Proudly UAE’ will celebrate local boatbuilders and supply companies while Dive MENA will showcase the cutting-edge underwater technology and equipment, and discuss and innovations in diving tech. It will entail an exciting agenda of entertaining activities such as underwater games, exciting scuba diving experiences, and fun water-based competitions, offering the only event of its kind for UAE and GCC diving communities, both professional and keen amateurs alike.

Both local visitors and international tourists will find something to enjoy at the Dubai International Boat Show. From boating enthusiasts to families seeking entertainment, or those appetite for marine-related activities, Dubai International Boat Show 2024 aims to create an inclusive and engaging environment that transcends expectations.

Visitors can purchase tickets here.

Gulf Craft unveils line-up of 15 yachts & boats for Dubai International Boat Show 2024

Under the banner of “Legacy in Motion,” Gulf Craft is gearing up to captivate attendees at the 30th Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) with an extraordinary line-up of 15 yachts & boats, epitomising luxury, innovation, and craftsmanship.

Celebrating its 30th edition, the Dubai International Boat Show Solidifies Its Position as a Global Leisure Marine Event Leader

  • Bringing together maritime investors, experts, and enthusiasts, the milestone event underscores Dubai’s position as a top destination for HNWI and tourists alike
  • Set to take on the most transformative agenda yet, DIBS will this year focus on marine life sustainability and the emergence of disruptive technologies

Dubai, UAE – 01 February 2024: As Dubai is set to grow its High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) 39 per cent by 2026, Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), the region’s largest and most established marine lifestyle show, welcomes a surging interest from international investors and enthusiasts eager to take part in the highly anticipated maritime showcase.

Celebrating its landmark 30th edition at the largest and most sophisticated marina in the region, the five-day show, which runs from February 28 to March 3 2024, promises an unparalleled showcase of maritime excellence, cutting-edge technology, and innovative displays. Organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the international show is set to welcome a new wave of investors and High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) to the emirate.

Global pioneers

Up to 1,000 brands will gather at the 30th edition, with 200 boats expected on land and water. These will include crafts from leading shipyards, including Azimut, Cranchi, Gulf Craft, Ferretti, Princess, Sanlorenzo, Sunreef and Sunseeker Yachts, the 2024 show serves as a comprehensive platform for premiering innovations, announcing new launches, and fostering fresh business prospects with both global leaders and pioneers from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Chairman of Gulf Craft, Mohamed Alshaali, said: “I am pleased to announce our participation in the 30th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show. This important industry event has been a constant in our journey, representing our commitment to the art of luxury yacht craftsmanship.

“We look forward to presenting our latest vessels, embodying innovation, and maritime excellence. The show mirrors Gulf Craft’s development, reflecting our ongoing dedication to pushing the boundaries of marine luxury.”

Meanwhile, long-term exhibitor Sunreef Yachts has confirmed it will bring a line-up to the show including all-electric catamaran 80 Sunreef Power Eco and Sunreef 80 Eco.

Francis Lapp, Founder & President of Sunreef Yachts, added: “It is extremely important for us to push the electric transition forward. We want to promote a cleaner boating experience and the DIBS is a wonderful opportunity to do so. We want all the visitors to witness how luxury and sustainability can be combined.”

DIBS annually encapsulates the MENA region’s enviable position as one of the richest maritime landscapes anywhere in the world, boasting the second-highest fleet-to-billionaire ratio globally. Acknowledging both its regional and international market potential, DIBS aligns its growth with the UAE’s rapidly expanding number of HNWIs, expected to reach more than 228,000 by 2026, a 39 per cent increase, according to a March report by Consultancy Knight Frank. The region is currently home to 12.6 per cent of the world’s superyacht fleet and recent forecasts predict a substantial expansion, with the luxury yacht market expected to grow from US$306 million in 2022 to a projected US$481m by 2028.

Across the maritime industry and beyond, global investors and entrepreneurs alike are increasingly choosing Dubai to be a home for their growing businesses and projects. The emirate’s attractive ecosystem for startups and entrepreneurs, long-term residency scheme, impeccable infrastructure, and dynamic calendar of events are all elements contributing to its worldwide appeal. 

Dubai’s position as both an aspirational destination and global power hub was further reinforced when the city was selected to host the UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, which concluded in late 2023 with a historic agreement to move away from fossil fuels across all sectors, including the maritime industry.

This commitment to a greener future for the country’s maritime industry was exemplified by the recent unveiling of the Dubai Reef project, launched under the directives of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, during COP28.

Led by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), the 400,000 cubic metre project is one of the world’s largest marine reef developments. It will contribute significantly to ensuring the sustainability emirate’s fishing industry, as well as emphasising the importance of the emirate’s rich maritime heritage and supporting the city’s credentials as a responsible tourism destination.

Tourism drive

Thanks in part to headline events such as COP28 and the 2023 edition of Dubai International Boat Show, the UAE’s tourism sector as a whole saw positive performance indicators in 2023, with hotel revenues in the country reaching AED32.2 billion up until September 2023, showing a growth rate of 27 per cent compared to the same period in 2022.

Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President, Events Management, at DWTC, said: “Dubai increasingly attracts international investors and yachting enthusiasts as the city continues its collective efforts in evolving the marine industry with its growing yachting amenities, offerings, and facilities, fostering a comprehensive nautical ecosystem.

“Moreover, UAE’s emphasis on sustainability including marine sustainability has drawn further interest globally aligning with the country’s vision to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 evidenced in the successful hosting of COP28.

“Dubai International Boat Show underlines this region’s passion for the maritime sector and Dubai’s ability to host events that bring the world together. Growing from humble beginnings in 1992 to the internationally renowned experience that DIBS will be again in 2024 demonstrates how the show has developed alongside the unstoppable evolution of Dubai.”

Dynamic showcase

DIBS 2024 will be marked by a dynamic showcase both on land and water, with hundreds of boats creating a captivating vista for visitors, as well as a rich landscape for investors and those seeking to answer the call of the ocean. A lynchpin in Dubai’s maritime sector and year-round events calendar, DIBS offers unmatched networking opportunities in addition to a glimpse into the future of marine technology and design, or seeking an unforgettable and luxurious lifestyle experience.

The 30th edition will once again welcome DIVE MENA, the only dedicated show for the UAE and GCC diving community; a networking evening for captains, and a celebration of local talent through the Proudly UAE initiative that honours the country’s rich maritime heritage.

Supercar Avenue will showcase a rare and exclusive line-up of the world’s most coveted cars, while the Marine Art Gallery presents a distinctive collection of sea-inspired pieces crafted by internationally renowned artists, adding an artistic touch to the immersive experience.

The annual Middle East Yachting Conference (MEYC) will act as a curtain raiser for the show on 27 February, leading the conversation for yachting professionals and enthusiasts alike to delve into the maritime industry’s most pressing topics and unify the entire sector.

With the 2024 edition of DIBS unveiling, visitors are urged to gear up for an experience that promises to be both enriching and unforgettable. It all takes place in the luxury maritime hub of Dubai Harbour, where the emirate’s first dedicated superyacht marina can house craft up to 160m in length.


Join world-famous professional divers, explorers and underwater photographers to learn about new techniques, technologies and thrilling underwater experiences.

The DIVE MENA Expo is a haven for diving aficionados. It features the latest in underwater technology and equipment, providing a unique platform for diving professionals and enthusiasts. The expo is a hub for sharing deep-sea discoveries and innovations in diving tech. Outside of diving, the Dubai International Boat Show boasts an array of attractions including the Marina Display, the adrenaline-fuelled watersports exhibition, and an extensive ESS (Equipment, Supplies, and Services) array. Attendees will also be interested in Superyacht Avenue, where some of the world’s biggest and most expensive private marine vessels will be on display.