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Marine leisure is expected to play an increasingly key role in advancing Abu Dhabi’s tourism growth. This is a very natural lifestyle as Abu Dhabi is blessed with over 400 km of coastline, over 200 islands and a rich marine life.

As the prominent yachting destination in the region, Abu Dhabi is the venue of choice for all major yachting events and regattas. Over the past years Abu Dhabi has played host and supporting partner to major events including the Volvo Ocean Race, Red Bull Air Race, Abu Dhabi Sailing Regatta, Dubai Offshore Sailing Club fleet regattas, Emirates Palace Invitational Match Race Competition, Corporate Sailing Cup and the Abu Dhabi Cruising Association Commodore’s Cup.


In Abu Dhabi visitors can connect with a sailing legacy that stretches back centuries, whilst also immersing themselves in a state-of-the-art offering that blends world-class facilities with stunning beachfront, island, desert and city destinations.

For generations, Abu Dhabi, with over 400 kilometres of pristine coastline and a plethora of natural islands, has been at one with the sea. Ports throughout the emirate – from the small western marine hub of Delma Island, to the UAE capital – were home to fishing and pearling fleets and active boat yards where highly skilled craftsmen forged the traditional ‘dhow’, which quickly became noted as one of the sturdiest vessels afloat.

Abu Dhabi’s mariners would travel as far away as East Africa to trade in dates, pearls and mangrove wood. The sea was Abu Dhabi’s economic lifeblood, a source of food sustenance, and earned a respect that is immortalised in the ancient sea shanties chanted as pearling and fishing crews harvested their marine treasures.

Today there is rarely a more inspiring sight than that of stately Arabian dhows with billowing, white sails full ahoist. These traditional sailing vessels continue to ply the seas as they have done for hundreds of years in annual races which commemorate the days when pearl diving fleets, which had been at sea for months, would challenge each other to see which would be the first home with the season’s precious haul. Much as in days past, winners of modern-day races can expect a handsome reward for their efforts.

With the hardy days of survival now behind them, Emiratis still take to the seas in droves – but this time in a more leisurely fashion. Abu Dhabi already has world-class marine leisure facilities and more are on their way.

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  • We are delighted to collaborate with British Marine to host a world-class boat show in Abu Dhabi. The event will be a valuable addition to ADNEC growing portfolio of local and international events. It will also support Abu Dhabi’s leisure marine industry through bringing leading international and local companies under one roof.

    ADNEC Group Chief Executive Officer

  • 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