Press Releases

Pioneering edition of Abu Dhabi International Boat Show continues with strong run of visitors on its third day

 Abu Dhabi, October 19, 2018/ADNEC/

The inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) 2018, hosted and organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), continued to attract an increasing number of visitors for the third day in a row with local, regional and international visitors as well as leisure marine industry professionals, stakeholders and families arriving at ADNEC marina to witness state-of-the art luxury yachts, fishing boats, marine equipment. Plus, providing visitors the option to participate in a number of different watersports, boat rides and entertaining on-site activities. As many as 270 exhibitors from 25 countries, as well as leading manufacturers, ship builders and marine companies from the UAE, are making their presence felt at the event.


The success of the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show comes as no surprise, considering the substantial interest since it was first announced. ADIBS provides visitors the chance to witness the launch of an exciting portfolio of regional and international industry launches.


Featured launches on the third day included the 9.5-metre ASIS Amphibious Beach Lander Boat and the ASIS Amphibious Boat from ASIS Boats.


The Motorised Watersports Jetty treated visitors to a wide range of water sports and activities provided by ‘Watercooled’ which all were included within the cost of entry, including Wind- surfing, Kayaking, SUP HITT, SUP core, SUP Fitness, SUP Time Trials, Ecodonuts, and Dingy catamaran rides. Several exciting marine activities are being held at the non-motorised watersports jetty, such as the ‘Open 60’ yacht sailing experience with Pindar and a Keel Boats sailing experience with Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy. Visitors also enjoyed the Seakart Experience and the traditional Abra experience by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, along with the Mako Slingshot experience and a carbon fibre-powered and motorised water skateboard experience. Plus, the opportunity to participate in the ‘Introduction to Boating’ event by Marine Concept.


The Attractions & Entertainment Area hosted a spectacular Flyboard show by Hydro Water Sports, which saw the participation of world champion Suksan Tonghtai, along with the Jet Ski Free Style Show by Jet Ski driver Rashed Al Mulla. In addition, the Emirates Autism Chamber’ Orchestra gave a spectacular musical which kept families and visitors of all age groups entertained.

Interactive, educational activities in the Sports Fishing Zone were of particular interest to visitors. 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 heritage and modern fishing, aiming to create greater awareness about the environment and the importance of responsible fishing and marine safety as a key pillar in promoting the growth and sustainability of the leisure marine tourism industry.

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and modern facilities that allow it to host local and international events such as the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2018, which boasts of a wide array of activities that combine marine displays and shows and interactive platforms, as well as a dedicated sports fishing zone which has launched in coordination with a number of partners and sponsors who are experts in this field.


  • 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