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ADNEC Completes Preparations for Second Edition of Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2019

 Abu Dhabi-UAE: 13 October, 2019

Event to draw participation of 284 local, regional and international companies and brands
Exhibition serves as unique opportunity for boats and yacht manufacturers to showcase latest products and services
2019 edition to see 29 per cent increase in exhibition space, 5 per cent rise in number of exhibitors


Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has completed its preparations for the second edition of Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) 2019, which will run from October 16 to 19 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 event’s organising committee made the announcement today at a press conference at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi. The briefing was attended by Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Chief Commercial Officer of ADNEC Group, Saeed Al Mansouri, Executive Director of IDEX, Ahmed Mubarak Al Qemzi, Section Head – Procedures, Maritime Policy Division at The Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi, Nasser Al Dhaheri, Race Department Manager at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), along with several senior officials from different public and private entities.

Headlining the press conference, Khalifa Al Qubaisi, said: “The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show is held in line with ADNEC’s efforts to reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading destination in business tourism through organising and hosting various local, regional and international exhibitions, conferences and specialised events.”

“In organising ADIBS, ADNEC seeks to diversify its portfolio of specialised exhibitions that support key sectors and industries identified by Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. The event also demonstrates the importance accorded by ADNEC for the promotion of the emirate’s marine environment and revival of its rich maritime heritage.

“Within a short span of time since its inception, ADIBS successfully attracted several prominent international names in the leisure marine sector and received overwhelming response from leading local, regional and international companies to participate in its activities. Furthermore, we have dedicated a pavilion for hosting the UAE national companies to showcase their latest products and demonstrate the level of progress the UAE-based companies have achieved in leisure marine industry,” Al Qubaisi added.

For his part, Saeed Al Mansouri, said: “ADIBS 2019 will provide an unprecedented opportunity for local, regional and international exhibitors to showcase the latest offerings and trends in the latest yachts, leisure marine and fishing equipment industries. The upcoming edition will witness a remarkable growth in terms of total exhibition space from 31,000 square metres in 2018 to 40,000 square metres this year, representing a 29% increase. The event will also draw the participation of 284 companies and exhibitors, compared to 270 in 2018, registering a 5% growth.

Meanwhile, ADIBS 2019 will see a 4 per cent rise in the number of participating countries, which increased from 25 countries in 2018 to 26 countries in 2019. National companies will account for 48 per cent of exhibitors, while the number of boats and yachts confirmed for participation stand at 75.

Al Mansouri added: “ADIBS 2019 will be a crowd-puller by featuring a spectacular array of watersports and marine recreational activities that will give visitors several reasons to come and enjoy the show.

Al Mansouri also thanked the main partners and sponsors of the show including its strategic partner the Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi, Supporting Partner Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority, Gold Sponsor Al Suwaidi Marine, Supporting Partner Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, official sponsor of the UAE pavilion, the Captains Club, Associate Partner Abu Dhabi Ports, and official healthcare provider Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA).

ADIBS 2019 will be a unique blend of state-of-the-art yachts, international leisure marine alongside UAE’s rich maritime history. Apart from the display of sophisticated marine leisure vessels and equipment, visitors will be able to enjoy virtual reality fishing or get active on the water with powerboat training or learn from top fishing experts and influencers.

For manufacturers of luxury boats and yachts, the exhibition will be a unique opportunity to showcase their latest services and products to a global audience of high net-worth buyers, stakeholders, industry professionals and families. ADIBS will take place at the 31,000 sq.m. purpose-built ADNEC Marina that allows yachts of all sizes to be berthed and displayed immediately in front of their respective stands.

Ahmed Mubarak Al Qemzi, Section Head – Procedures, Maritime Policy Division at Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi, said: “DoT is delighted to be the strategic partner of the upcoming Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2019. Our partnership with ADIBS 2019 is aligned with our strategy to collaborate with leading national entities from both private and public sectors to develop the emirate’s transportation sector, including maritime transport and ports.

For his part, Nasser Al Dhaheri, Race Department Manager, ADIMSC, said: “ADIMSC is proud to be the supporting partner of ADIBS 2019, which offers an ideal opportunity to bring together marine sports enthusiasts to practice and highlight their favorite sports. In participating in the event, we seek to promote awareness about marine sports and the UAE’s rich marine heritage.

Over its three-day run, the exhibition will welcome visitors, professionals and families from 4pm to 10pm. Taking place at ADNEC Marina and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre halls, the event is set to draw the participation of over 25,000 visitors.

Tickets for ADIBS can be purchased through the show’s website or at the exhibition entrance.

Last year, the inaugural edition of ADIBS attracted more than 21,000 visitors and generated huge interest among local, regional and international companies and exhibitors.



  • 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