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Inaugural edition of Abu Dhabi International Boat Show to kick off next Wednesday with the participation of 270 exhibiting companies from 25 countries

 Abu Dhabi, October 09, 2018/ADNEC/

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that it is fully ready to launch the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS next week. 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 show will run from the 17th to 20th of October,2018 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

 

The announcement was at a press conference held today (Tuesday, 9th Oct., 2018) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, in the in the presence of Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC; Saeed Al Mansouri, Director of IDEX; Alex Nicholl, Show Director, ADIBS; Abdulla Al Hamli, Executive Vice President, Corporate Support, Abu Dhabi Ports; Mohammed Al Suwaidi, President of Al Suwaidi Marine, and senior officials from the public and private sectors.

 

ADIBS 2018, organized by ADNEC, will be held at the ADNEC Marina, a venue dedicated to hosting international maritime events. The event will honor UAE’s rich maritime heritage and attract 270 exhibiting companies from 25 countries, along with local companies involved in luxury boats, yachts, water sports and fishing equipment industries, representing 48 per cent of the participants in this inaugural edition of ADIBS.

 

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) said: “The event, 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, falls in line with ADNEC’s strategy aimed at emphasizing Abu Dhabi’s position as the region’s capital for business tourism by organizing new events and attracting key global exhibitions and conferences in the Emirate.  We decided to organize the boat show after an extensive study of the local market, focusing on sectors identified in the Abu Dhabi Plan and Emirate’s Vision 2030, where leisure and tourism sectors are recognized as the main pillars of economic growth and diversification, along with other sectors.

 

Al Dhaheri added: “ADNEC is the ideal venue for hosting and organizing an event of this magnitude, owing to its extensive indoor, outdoor and waterfront exhibition areas, which distinguishes it from other venues in the region and even around the world. The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show will be attended by 175 local, regional and international companies representing over 270 exhibiting companies from 25 countries and it is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors from around the world. Many participating companies have announced their intention to launch new products, ranging from luxury yachts, boats, specialized water sports and fishing equipment, for the first time at the global level. This reflects ADNEC’s leading role in attracting major international exhibitions and conferences, as well as the confidence reposed in us by organizers, stakeholders and exhibitors, to successfully host events that exceed their expectations.

 

Saeed Al Mansoori, Director of IDEX, said: “The show will showcase the latest range of leisure marine products, particularly international and regional luxury yachts and boats, at the ADNEC Marina, which has a total area of 31,000 square meters and a 6-meter deep water canal, enabling exhibitors to get a complete view of the latest superyachts and boats of various sizes. This much-awaited event is being attended by almost 270 local and international exhibiting companies from 25 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and New Zealand.

Al Mansoori highlighted that as many as 23 exclusive product launches will be conducted for an exciting array of boats, luxury yachts, water sports and fishing equipment and others. The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors and over 90 boats during the 3 days of the event, from 3pm to 11 pm. The first day of the exhibition is dedicated exclusively to VIP guests, local and international media and exhibitors. ADNEC has also set up a dedicated media center equipped with the latest technological devices, to facilitate extensive media coverage during the event”.

 

Al Mansoori added: “The boat show will not only showcase boats and yachts but will also offer a wide range of marine sports equipment and fishing gear. In addition, it will feature live shows performed by international teams specialized in marine sports, where local, regional and global champions of these sports will participate. The show will also include exciting activities and events for families and visitors of all ages, from water sports, to competitions and diversified leisure activities.

 

Abdullah Humaid Al Hamli, Executive Vice President of Corporate Support at Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Our participation in the launch of the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show is part of our efforts as a national institution, to enhance the marine tourism sector and promote Abu Dhabi’s position as a leisure marine hub. The maritime sector has been growing steadily in Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIB) will act as catalyst for the luxury yacht and boat industry which has grown in the last ten years and has started to attract industry leaders from the region and the rest of the world.”

He added: “The show is an ideal platform for leading local companies in the luxury yacht, boat and service industry to showcase their products, connect with international companies and explore opportunities to achieve the highest levels of growth through long-term partnerships with regional and international industry leaders. Abu Dhabi has a stunning coastline and distinctive beaches and islands, and the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show will contribute in a major way to the attractiveness of its maritime tourism sector. We are confident that our partnership with ADNEC for the Boat Show will be an important step in the success of the inaugural edition of this event– consolidating its position as the leading show for the boat industry, luxury yachts, water sports equipment and fishing, and enhancing Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading destination to host various international events.”

for his part, Mohammed Al Suwaidi, President of Al Suwaidi Marine LLC, said: “We are honored to participate as the Gold Sponsor of this inaugural edition of ADIBS, which we are focused on promoting as a world-class event in the field of maritime tourism, in collaboration with leading international and local companies in this sector, as well as experts and specialists in the leisure marine sector. We are confident that this event will open up a world of opportunity for luxury yachts, boats, watersports and fishing equipment industry in the UAE, and provide the ideal platform for them to connect with leading international companies in this field.”

Al Suwaidi added: “The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show is a unique opportunity for local boat manufacturers to showcase their products to a global audience, connect with their most prominent counterparts from all over the world and acquaint themselves with the latest in the world of boats, yachts, water sports and fishing gear and equipment. That’s what makes us excited about participating in this event, to present our products and services, and contribute – along with other companies – to promoting the luxury yachts and boats industry in the UAE in general and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in particular. As one of the UAE’s leading boat manufacturers, we look forward to participating in the inaugural edition of the show, where we will launch a new boat and showcase three unique boats from Al Suwaidi Marine.”

“Our participation in a high-profile international event such as the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, reflects our commitment to providing the best products in the leisure marine industry to suit the magnitude of the event and the global profile of its participants. I am confident that companies and stakeholders in the local, regional and international leisure marine sector will find it the perfect platform to connect and explore market opportunities.”

The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show will provide a unique platform for local manufacturers interested in marketing their products to an international audience, as it will host latest regional and international boats and yachts at the ADNEC Marina, a purpose-built venue with a six-metre deep channel enabling boats and yachts of all sizes to berth.

 

Among the strategic partners and sponsors of ADIBS are the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi Ports, Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy, Al Suwaidi Marine, Mercedes – Emirates Motor Company, Integro, The Captain’s Club, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Jalboot, Delma Marine, Marine Concept, Hydro Water Sports, Greenline Yacht Interiors and Emirates Palace Hotel, among other prominent entities.

 

ADIBS 2018 will also witness the active participation of local leisure marine companies. Al Suwaidi Marine will unveil its 29-foot ASM 29 boat, while Delma Marine Boats & Marine Engines will launch its new boat the Boston Whaler Montauk 21, and the new Mercury V8 300. Riviera will launch Rcat50 Flybridge, Rcat38 boat and Riviera enclosed ferry, one of the most traditional means of transport in the UAE. ASIS Boats will unveil new amphibious boats and a Beach Lander series boat. Sulaco Arabia, a Dubai-based company, will launch the Tullio Abbate speed boats for the first time in the Middle East. These boats are built on Lake Como and feature Elite 27R, Sea Star RS, Sea Star Racing and Tullio Abbate Kid.

 

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is the first entity in the UAE to become a member of the International Federation of Boat Show Organizers (IFBSO), for the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show. ADIBS 2018 will bring together the leaders of boating, luxury yachts, water sports and fishing under one roof, from local manufacturers to international brands, who will be able to explore potential opportunities to increase their market share in the UAE’s marine tourism sector. The event will also offer a wide range of products to be launched for the first time, as well as marine sports shows and other leisure activities to meet the needs all those interested in the boating, luxury yachts, water sports and fishing industries.

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 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
    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