Abu Dhabi, Dubai to showcase the UAE at Monaco Yacht Show 2022

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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In an attempt to introduce Abu Dhabi to the world, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is partnering with the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and Abu Dhabi Maritime to participate in the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show. 

The state-backed entities are expected to unite and collaborate to position and promote the UAE as a leading superyacht destination at Europe’s leading industry event.

A four-day affair, the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show will take place from 28th September to 1st October.

580 exhibitors, including destination representatives, yacht management companies, superyacht designers and builders, alongside luxury consumer and automotive brands and over 30,000 visitors are expected to be part of the event.

The presence of the UAE superyacht industry regulators, stakeholders, and service providers will command attention and draw the audience in to discover the UAE’s destination offerings, superyacht products and services.

At the show, DCT Abu Dhabi, DET and Abu Dhabi Maritime will highlight the UAE’s industry legislation improvements, including cruising permit extensions and charter permit processes, immigration and customs clearance updates.

The entities will also publicize the UAE’s ever-exciting calendar of clustered industry events such as Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022, Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, Gulf Superyacht Summit 2022, and Dubai Sail Grand Prix Presented By P&O Marinas, which all take place in November 2022.

Commenting on the possibilities of Abu Dhabi, Mr. Saeed Al Dhaheri, Tourism Products Development Department Director, DCT Abu Dhabi, observed that, “As a place of exciting and restoring experiences across a landscape of possibilities that can be explored at your own pace, Abu Dhabi is an alluring destination for all types of visitors. With its hundreds of desert islands, unspoilt beaches and stunning waters, it is especially attractive to yacht owners. This is why in recent years we have strengthened our efforts to regulate, promote and build the yachting industry. So, in appearing at the Monaco Yacht Show, we aim to create a larger brand presence, encourage greater engagement and strongly showcase our stakeholder products and services to the international yachting community.”

Yousuf Lootah DET Dubai
Yousuf Lootah
Executive Director
Tourism Developments & Investments
DET Dubai

“The pace of development not just in Dubai but in neighboring emirates like Abu Dhabi serves as a catalyst for attracting superyachts to the UAE and the opportunity for all of us to capitalize on a lucrative tourism product that can increase the number of tourists and further strengthen our respective industries. We will also be able to highlight the vast range of Dubai’s world-class maritime infrastructure and facilities, as well as its tourism offering to owners of superyachts and yachting enthusiasts. We look forward to highlighting many more exciting projects and initiatives in the pipeline for Dubai’s yachting industry, as well as industry developments that will be beneficial to the international yachting community, including state-of-the-art refit and shipyard maintenance, professional yachting and maritime academies for future crew, and qualified training centres for staff, in addition to upgrades to marina facilities, that will further support the pivotal role being played by Dubai to promote the UAE as an international superyacht hub.”

Meanwhile, Capt. Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Maritime, AD Ports Group, highlighted that, “Under the guidance of our wise leadership, Abu Dhabi has developed a bold strategy to position the emirate as a destination of choice for the global superyacht community, leveraging our strategic location, attractive coastline, temperate weather, and wide range of cultural and leisure attractions. AD Maritime is working with the broader maritime community to showcase the incredible infrastructure and welcoming regulatory environment that is now available in Abu Dhabi, and to highlight the progress that has been made in recent years. For the Monaco Yacht Show, we are confident that we have a compelling value proposition that will distinguish the United Arab Emirates on the global stage.”

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