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Inaugural edition of Abu Dhabi International Boat Show ends on a high note

 Abu Dhabi, October 20, 2018

The inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS), hosted and organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), ended on a high note today, amidst impressive visitor turnout and significant participation and visits from dignitaries, Government Officials and industry special guests as well as local and international media.

The final day of this event saw a host of scheduled events and interactive sessions for attendees, along with training and preparatory session on various aspects of water related activities and hobbies such as, sailing and fishing.

ADIBS provides an ideal platform for local and international exhibitors to showcase their latest range of products and services to a discerning audience. Luxury yachts and other leisure marine equipment were displayed side-by side with traditional fishing boats, dhows and abras, providing visitors a Uniquely Abu Dhabi experience. Major international firms and brands had the golden opportunity to explore the potential of the leisure marine market in Abu Dhabi and attract high net-worth individuals. the boat show is a significant addition to ADNEC’s diverse, growing portfolio of events, and a unique opportunity to promote the UAE capital as a global hub for the leisure marine industry.”

The inaugural edition of ADIBS has been a great success and underscores Abu Dhabi’s growing marine tourism potential. It reinforces ADNEC’s preparedness to host and organise events of this magnitude, with its advanced facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructure that exceeds the expectations of visitors and event organisers. ADIBS will help to bolster Abu Dhabi’s leisure marine sector and attract significant global attention to its potential.

The final day of the show brought several exciting activities for visitors, with a wide range of motorized and non-motorized events to keep them entertained. Some of these events included the ‘Open 60’ yacht sailing experience with Pindar, a Keel Boats sailing experience with Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy; the Mako slingshot experience, and a carbon fibre-powered and motorized water skateboard experience. Non-motorized activities such as Seakart experiences and a traditional Abra experience fascinated the visitors and gave them a glimpse of the rich marine heritage of the country.

Visitors also had the opportunity to enjoy F1 Powerboat rides with Team Abu Dhabi champion Thani Al Qemzi. ADIBS also featured a range of non-motorized water sports and activities by Watercooled, such as Water Yoga; Kayaking; Ecodonuts; Dingy Catamaran and Wind- surfing.

The spectacular Flyboard show by Hydro Water Sports and a breath-taking Jet Ski freestyle show by Rashed Al Mulla were the highlights of the day. A musical performance by the Emirates Autism Chamber Orchestra, a Flyboard show by world champion Suscan Tongathi, and other live evening entertainments ensured that visitors of all ages were catered for. Masterclasses on Safety in Fishing, Trolling, Equipment Selection by Extreme Anglers, provided visitors with a never-before glimpse of life at sea. Al Bateen Marine Training also delivered an informative session on Anchors and Anchoring in both Arabic and English.

On the evening of the final day, a casting contest and a Q&A competition were held in the Sports Fishing Zone, where the winners and participants won several exciting prizes. The media was recognised for its support and cooperation, as were the main partners who supported ADIBS from beginning to end, and contributed to its success.

The show is supported by several official sponsors and strategic partners from local and international organisations, including Abu Dhabi Ports, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, CICPA, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), ALDAR, British Marine, Al Suwaidi Marine (ASM), Mercedes – Emirates Motor Company (EMC), Integro, The Captain’s Club, Delma Marine, in addition to; Emirates Autism Chamber Orchestra; Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. The sponsors list also includes Burgess, Rebellion; Greenline, Yacht Interiors and many others.


ADNEC Marina, with a total area of 31,000 square metres and a 6-meter deep channel, has been built specifically to host international events. As many as 270 exhibiting companies from 25 countries participated in the boat show, along with leading local companies operating in the leisure marine industry.


  • 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

  • "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