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Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company Introduces Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2019 to Global Audience at ICOMIA/IFBSO Conference

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) recently attended the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) / International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO) Conference alongside key industry stakeholders to promote the 2019 edition of Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS), preparations for which are currently underway in the UAE capital.

ADIBS is the first entity from the UAE to join IFBSO, an organisation that represents the world’s premier boat shows and provides best practice development for marine trade exhibitions worldwide. ADNEC’s participation in the world-renowned conference that took place from 5 to 7 June in Split, Croatia, marks a strategic move in its efforts to raise the global profile of the highly anticipated event that will run from 16 to 19 October. The company highlighted the importance of the show to the international boating community, gained insight into global trends in the leisure marine and luxury yachting industries, and demonstrated its preparedness in hosting the leading event.

Alex Nicholl, said: “We were pleased to have attended our second ICOMIA/IFBSO Conference – the only platform that brings together international boat show organisers under one roof. The three-day event offered an ideal opportunity for us to learn from some of the most successful industry players in the world and identify best practices relevant to Abu Dhabi and the wider MENA region. The highlight for ADIBS was the speed networking workshop that enabled us to meet boat show organisers and representatives of maritime industry associations from across the globe.”

Bengt Wallin, Senior Board Member of IFBSO, said: “IFBSO is delighted to welcome ADIBS as a Candidate Member. We congratulate ADIBS on the achievement and wish the team success for the upcoming edition of the show, as well as many fruitful years as an IFBSO member.”

Organised and hosted by ADNEC, the inaugural edition of ADIBS ran from 17 to 20 October 2018 at the purpose-built 31,000-square-metre marina at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Attracting more than 270 exhibitors from 25 countries from across the region, Europe and America, the event provided a world-class platform for local and international companies from the leisure marine industry to showcase their latest products and services.

Testimonials

  • 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 Shamsi
    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
    Co-Founder

  • "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."

    Elboat

  • "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