28th Dubai Boat Show attracts region’s key marine players

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and DP World’s subsidiary P&O Marinas, alongside Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), Dubai Harbour, Burgess, and Camper and Nicholson are participating in the 28th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show.

The Middle East’s largest and most popular leisure marine event brings together the region’s boating enthusiasts on a common platform, welcoming more than 400 boats, yachts, and watercraft brands. The boat show will showcase an interesting line-up of more than 50 floating mansions from some of the leading brands across the globe.

Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority, stressed the DMCA’s role in maintaining and upgrading the position of the maritime sector in Dubai among local and international forums and pointed to the efforts made to support and develop the maritime infrastructure of the Emirate’s regional waters.

The authority is a strong player in defining and studying the path to a sustainable future for the maritime sector in the Emirate of Dubai, by focusing on the goals of the UAE and maintaining Dubai’s position as a leading global destination for marine leisure activities, and one of the most developed and competitive marine capitals in the world, added Sheikh Saeed.

Hamza Mustafa
Hamza Mustafa
COO – P&O Marinas

“With the marine environment becoming one of the fastest-growing areas of our tourism industry, the Dubai International Boat Show will turn the spotlight on Dubai’s diverse marine tourism offerings and its world-class infrastructure in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the most sought-after destination and an attractive city to live in and work.”

Mr. Hamza Mustafa, COO, P&O Marinas said that “Dubai is ranked as one of the top ten nautical capitals internationally, with 15 marinas providing more than 3,000 berths. Events such as the Dubai International Boat Show are integral for catalyzing the growth of the leisure marine sector in the UAE. Our marinas are one of the best across the Middle East with 1,200 wet berths, 600 dry berths, and the capacity to accommodate 60 superyachts without any size restrictions.”

According to a report released by Grand View Research, the global yacht market is expected to reach $12.16 billion by 2028, and the UAE has every opportunity to have a massive share in this number.

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