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Inaugural edition of ADIBS 2018 sees 23 successful launches and attendance of 21,123 visitors

 Abu Dhabi, October 20, 2018/ADNEC/

The inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) 2018, hosted and organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) ended on a high, reinforcing the opportunity for the marine sector in Abu Dhabi.

The four-day event attracted 21,123 local, regional and international visitors, who were treated to a fascinating display of the latest luxury yachts, leisure marine equipment and fishing equipment. As many as 270 exhibitors from 25 countries, as well as leading local manufacturers of luxury yachts, took part in the event.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC, said: “The inaugural edition of ADIBS has far exceeded our expectations, by attracting 21,123 visitors over four days. Several deals were also signed during the show, reflecting the high interest in the UAE’s leading marine industry. This first-of-its-kind event has taken its place as one of the leading platforms in the Middle East for the world’s prominent leisure marine companies and water sports enthusiasts to come together and witness the best that the UAE Capital has to offer.”

He added: “The show highlights Abu Dhabi’s position as an ideal destination such an industry event to take place. ADNEC is pleased to have successfully hosted and organised such a major event, emphasizing its contribution in making Abu Dhabi the regional capital of business tourism and consolidates the global trust in our developed venues and facilities capable of hosting leading international events and reinforcing our support to the government’s development and diversification agenda. I would like to thank our partners, sponsors, supporting entities and the media who contributed to the success of ADIBS and the positive impact it has had on Abu Dhabi’s luxury yachts and leisure marine industry.”


New launches, New deals

ADIBS witnessed the launch of state-of-the-art leisure marine equipment. Emirates Riviera Company unveiled the yacht (RCAT50) in the ‘Fly Bridge’ version, the Boat (Rcat38) and the Riviera enclosed Abra, in addition to showcasing its luxurious yacht, Integrity 55. Gulf Craft, the UAE’s leading yacht and boat builder, showcased three different models of the Majesty including- Majesty 100, Majesty 135 and Majesty 62. Plus, the display of three boats from Oryx and Silver Craft, a line popular amongst the fishing community. Delma Marine launched the Boston Whaler 210 Montauk boat, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

Two yachts were announced for the first time in the region the luxury yacht Monte Carlo (MC6-2019) from ‘SF Yachts’ and the UK-origin ‘Princess 55’ yacht from Princess Yachts. The event also witnessed launches from Emirates Boats Company, the world’s first finest boats and powerboat range, which included the ‘carbon epoxy’ infused centre-console 48 feet fishing boat built in the UAE, a House Boat by Al Kous; The Sea Star Racing boat, the Sea Star RS boat, the Tullio Abbate Kid and the Elite 27 manufactured by Sulaco Arabia, as well as the latest models of the Drone operated Hull cleaner by Keel Crab. Also unveiled during the event was the 9.5-metre ASIS Amphibious Beach Lander Boat and the ASIS Amphibious Boat by Asis Boats.

Exciting water sports and activities

In addition to the launches, several exciting marine activities took place and kept visitors of all ages entertained. Visitors were able to take part in yacht and sailing trips, fishing competitions, and had the opportunity to witness stunt performances such as, Jet Ski and Flyboard shows. Motorised and non-motorised watersports, such as the ‘Open 60’ yacht sailing experience with Pindar, Keel Boats sailing experience with Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy; the Mako slingshot experience, a carbon fibre-powered and motorised water skateboard experience fascinated visitors. With a range of non-motorised water sports and activities by Watercooled, including Water Yoga; Kayaking; Ecodonuts; Dingy catamaran and Wind- surfing. Other activities included Seakart experiences; a traditional Abra Experience with Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and an ‘Introduction to Boating’ event, sea trials with Marine Concept, among many others.

Activities continued at the Attractions & Entertainment Area which hosted a spectacular Flyboard show by Hydro Water Sports, with world champion Suksan Tonghtai, along with the Jet Ski Free Style Show by Rashed Al Mulla, as well as the participation of Thani Al Qemzi, F1 Powerboat Team Abu Dhabi Champion who was at the show taking visitors out to experience Powerboat passenger rides. In addition, the Emirates Autism Chamber’ Orchestra performed a spectacular evening musical.

In the Sports Fishing Zone, Al Bateen Marine Training conducted two sessions under the theme ‘International Regulation for Preventing Collision at Sea – Rules of the Road’ in English and Arabic; the first session was held exclusively for ladies, while the second was open to all visitors. Extreme Anglers also held a masterclass on trolling, safety in fishing, casting class and equipment selection, as well as a panel discussion on both heritage and modern fishing, aiming to create greater awareness about the environment and the importance of responsible fishing and marine safety and sustainability.

Masterclasses on crucial aspects of marine life, such as “Safety in Fishing”, “Casting” and “Equipment Selection”, provided by Extreme Anglers and a session on Anchors and Anchoring in Arabic and English by Al Bateen Marine Trading focused on safety as a pivot to the growth of the leisure marine industry. The highlight of the show was the Q & A competition held in the Sports Fishing Zone, where winners and visitors received a number of valuable prizes.

Exhibiting companies at ADIBS were extremely pleased to be part of the inaugural edition of the show as a Founding Member of the 2018 event with the high footfall which was witnessed. In addition, they praised the pivotal role of the show as a leading platform to enhance the communication and networking with their global counterparts and explore the marine market of Abu Dhabi. They also commended ADNEC’s organisation of the show and the unparalleled range of world-class facilities of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre which formed the ideal destination to showcase the latest innovations in the luxury yachts and boats industry while emphasising easy access to the location and attracting a recognised number of local, regional and international visitors.

The inaugural edition of the show was supported by several official sponsors and strategic partners from local and international organisations, including Abu Dhabi Ports, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Critical Infrastructure & Coastal Protection Authority (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, Burgess, Rebellion, Greenline Yacht Interiors and many others. Plus, Emirates Autism Society and Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and others and many more as key supporting partners.


  • 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