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Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2019 Kicks off at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

 Abu Dhabi-UAE: 16 October, 2019

Event held under patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Wajib Volunteer Association, today inaugurated the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) 2019 that is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council. The opening ceremony of the show, which runs until October 19, was attended by Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC and several senior officials from different public and private entities.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri said: “The remarkable growth achieved by ADIBS 2019 is the outcome of ADNEC’s sustained efforts to promote its new events and enhance their competitive advantages regionally and internationally. This success is evident from the 29 per cent increase in the show’s total exhibition space that surged to 40,000 square metres this year, as well as the 5 per cent growth in the number of companies and exhibitors that rose to 284 over the past edition. With the participation of 27 countries this year, the event has also achieved an 8 per cent increase in the number of participating countries.

“ADIBS has carved a niche for itself in the bourgeoning leisure marine and fishing equipment industries through providing an ideal platform for everyone involved to discuss the latest industry trends. The event offers us the perfect opportunity to highlight ADNEC, Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art venue, and its infrastructure, which is capable to host leading local, regional and international events that will support the emirate’s growing status as a destination of choice in the business tourism sector.”

“ADIBS 2019 features a wide array of watersports, heritage and recreational activities in collaboration with several leading national entities. ADIBS 2019 reflects our keen interest to showcase the rich maritime heritage of Abu Dhabi, while featuring sophisticated marine leisure vessels and fishing equipment,” Al Dhaheri added.

For his part, Saeed Al Mansouri, Executive Director of IDEX, said: “ADIBS 2019 serves as an unprecedented opportunity for specialised international and regional companies to showcase their latest products and services in the leisure marine and fishing equipment industries. The event has already become a platform for fostering innovation and creativity in yachts, leisure marine and fishing equipment industries, encouraging more countries and companies to participate in the current edition. In attracting a global audience of high net-worth buyers, stakeholders, industry professionals and families, we are confident to deliver yet another successful edition of ADIBS this year.”

To demonstrate the level of advancement achieved by the UAE-based companies in leisure marine industry, ADIBS 2019 has dedicated a pavilion for hosting the UAE national companies to showcase their latest offerings.

Over its four-day run, ADIBS 2019 visitors can look forward to a spectacular array of watersports, marine recreational activities and shows blended with authentic Emirati hospitality, or explore the latest leisure marine technology and the several other surprises.

The exhibition welcomes visitors, professionals and families from 4pm to 10pm. Tickets for ADIBS can be purchased through the show’s website or at the exhibition entrance.

ADIBS 2019 is organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in collaboration with its key partners and sponsors. While Department of Transport (DoT), Abu Dhabi, is the Strategic Partner of ADIBS 2019, the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) and Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) are Supporting Partners. Al Suwaidi Marine is the Gold Sponsor and Captain’s Club is the Silver Sponsor of ADIBS 2019. Al Tayer Team is the sponsor of the UAE Manufacturers Pavilion. Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) is the Official Healthcare Provider and Abu Dhabi Ports, the Associate Partner of ADIBS 2019.


  • 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