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Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2018 features exclusive launch of luxury yachts for the first time globally

 Abu Dhabi, October 18th 2018, ADNEC

The second day of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2018 (ADIBS) organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), witnessed high visitor’s footfall and exciting product launches of the latest exclusive editions of luxury yachts and boats by leading regional and international companies. The 31,000 square meter ADNEC marina came alive with the sights and sounds of the much-awaited event, as a range of watersport and leisure marine activities kept everyone entertained.


The event which will be on until 20th October 2018 at ADNEC will comprise exclusive boat and yacht shows. The Latest fishing and watersports equipment will be on display along with the participation of 270 exhibitors from 25 countries from the region, across Europe and America. The show will also host watersports, marine and leisure activities that embody the rich heritage of Abu Dhabi and UAE.


Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC, said: “The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show provides an exclusive platform for the official launch of the latest luxury yachts, boats, fishing equipment and water sports from the world’s leading brands. This affirms the confidence of the international community in Abu Dhabi as a hub of promising opportunities within the tourism, leisure and business sectors, in line with the diversification agenda of the Abu Dhabi Plan and Economic Vision 2030. The recognized participation witnessed on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show continues on the second day with the launch of a series of leisure marine and entertainment events. This reinforces ADNEC’s ability to host major international exhibitions and conferences, with its world-class facilities and advanced infrastructure, to meet the needs of international exhibitors. The two remaining days will include marine, recreational and water sports activities that reflect the rich marine heritage of Abu Dhabi, giving exhibitors and visitors a unique opportunity to witness see the latest boats and yachts in an entertaining and educational setting”.


The second day of the event witnessed several launches, the most prominent of them is the new Marine Academy launched by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, in which its dedicated stand displayed the many services it offers, including training courses, marine sports, as well as recreational and community events covering all aspects of the sea. The academy will be based on the Wave Breaker in Abu Dhabi and aims to promote marine sports by hosting a range of trained experts in water sports and marine entertainment activities.

In addition, the event included the Emirates Boats Company’s launch of the world’s first luxury boat and yacht range, including the first fully carbon epoxy infused centre-console 48-feet fishing boat built in the UAE; a House Boat by Al Kous; The Sea Star Racing boat, the Sea Star RS boat, the Tullio Abbate Kid and the Elite 27 manufactured by Sulco Arabia, as well as the latest models of the Drone operated Hull cleaner by Keel Crab.

The show also comprised watersports and fishing equipment, live shows by international watersports teams with local and international champions, as well as watersports competitions and recreational activities for the public. Some of the latest marine sports equipment and fishing gear were on show, while live shows, competitions, water sports and leisure activities kept visitors entertained. Some of these activities, the Keel Boats sailing experience; the Mako slingshot experience and a carbon fibre-powered and motorized water skateboard experience.

ADIBS also featured a range of non-motorized water sports and activities by Watercooled, including SUP HITT; SUP core; SUP Fitness; SUP Time Trials; Kayaking; Ecodonuts; Dingy catamaran and Wind- surfing. The activities will also include Seakart experiences; a traditional Abra Experience with Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club and an event under the theme ‘Introduction to Boating’ sea trials with Marine Concepts.

Visitors also had the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular Flyboard show by Hydro Water Sports with the participation of world champion Suksan Tonghtai, a performance by the Emirates Autism Chamber and live evening entertainment in an interactive environment.

The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2018, that kicked off on the 17th October and will be run until the 20th October, is unique to Abu Dhabi and the region, providing the ideal platform for marine industry professionals, water sports enthusiasts and families. The show includes a dedicated fishing area that highlights the latest trends, technologies and best practices in the fishing world, as well as competitions and interactive sessions with leading local and international experts. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase modern fishing equipment directly through exclusive retail outlets. The exhibition is the ideal destination for families to participate in various marine activities and to watch live shows, suitable for all ages. Admission to the event is free for 15-year-olds, accompanied by a parent.


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  • We are honored to support ADNEC on such a high-profile event as it caters to our client base at EMC as well. EMC will be giving visitors and delegates the chance to explore the new era of intelligent driving in our Mercedes-Benz range.

    Frank Bernthaler
    CEO of ALFAHIM Automotive

  • Abu Dhabi has been witnessing a growing number of passengers at its cruise terminal area over the last few years. The pioneering edition of the Abu International Boat Show, which is set to attract exhibitors and visitors from around the world, will contribute in the ongoing efforts to introduce the unique features offered by Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s marine tourism sector.

    Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi
    CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Company

  • We are very pleased to be supporting ADIBS as the Official Healthcare Provider, we place great focus on best health care practices and quality services. Our partnership with ADNEC aims to endure the safety of all visitors and participants at the boat show through providing the required medical services on site or transfer cases that require further attention to one of our facilities in the city by well-equipped and staffed ambulances.

    Dr. Marwan Al Kaabi
    Group Readiness and Business Continuity Director of SEHA

  • We are proud to join hands with ADNEC for the first edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show. The show is providing us with a valuable platform to share our tailored solutions and industry expertise with marine industry professionals and luxury yacht owners in Abu Dhabi. Our global market reach and specialist insurance expertise enables us to provide competitively-priced, customised programs to those with insurance requirements in the UAE.

    Carol Roberts
    Super Yacht Practice Leader at Integro

  • “As an award-winning Emirates-based shipyard, Gulf Craft is delighted to support the initiative of the Abu Dhabi government by exhibiting at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS). Gulf Craft is excited to showcase a selection of yachts and boats from its world acclaimed brands Majesty Yachts, Nomad Yachts, Oryx and Silvercraft. Abu Dhabi is home to some of the largest superyacht owners in the world and is also a destination for all boaters in the region.”

    An Official Spokesperson
    from Gulf Craft

  • "We are really looking forward to the first ever ADIBS 2018 and believe it will be a real showcase event to exhibit the latest technology to the Middle East market.  We are proud to be part of this new venture right at the very start and look forward to creating new relationships through our cutting edge technology."

    James Tupper
    BGB spokesperson

  • "Bush & Noble Yacht Brokerage are very excited to participate in this highly anticipated show. I believe this event will provide the ideal platform for the entire marine industry and yachting enthusiasts to connect and discover everything this flourishing region has to offer. This year, Bush & Noble has been appointed as the official dealer for Gulf Crafts pre-owned yachts and boats, the leading luxury yacht and leisure boat builder in the Middle East. The ADIBS will offer an invaluable opportunity for yachting enthusiasts to view and experience the unique quality and luxury that Gulf Graft offers."

    John Bush

  • "Elboat is very excited and proud to be taking part in the very first Abu Dhabi Boat show. Elboat will be show casing two new boat designs to Abu Dhabi; the Elboat 29 and Elboat Skiff."


  • "Elcome International is very pleased to participate in the first Abu Dhabi International Boat Show. Abu Dhabi is an important emerging centre of boating activity, with a growing number of dealers, marinas and boat owners. The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show will provide an opportunity to form closer relationships with the growing number of boat owners in the UAE and to showcase Elcome’s range of products and services. The first edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is an important event, marking the ‘coming of age’ of the region’s boating industry."

    Jimmy Grewal
    Executive Director of Elcome International

  • "The Abu Dhabi international boat show opens doors to a new world of yachting within the UAE. We already have a steady stream of yachts and loyal clientele in Abu Dhabi, and being a part of the show would assist in furthering the hallmark features of our brand and its products. the last couple of years has seen a large number of product launches at Sunseeker and as we bring in a new range of more beautiful designs, beamier and spacious hulls with latest features including beach clubs on most of our yachts, our presence at the show is bound to be a busy one. We wish the Abu Dhabi international Boat Show team best of success in this new chapter in Middle East yachting."

    Mohammed Al Jasmi
    General Manager

  • "Lumishore is delighted to attend and support the 1st Abu Dhabi International Boat Show. The UAE is critically important to the global Boating Industry and we all hope that this show is a great success for the boating public and Abu Dhabi. Lumishore has not exhibited at a UAE show with its own exhibition stand for many years and we are sure that the boating world will be excited by our latest innovative World-leading lighting products."

    Eifrion Evans
    CEO, Lumishore