Dubai to hold international boat show next month

February 29th, 2008 - 8:21 pm ICT by admin  

Dubai, Feb 29 (IANS) The 16th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), the largest leisure marine industry exhibition, will be held at the Dubai International Marine Club March 11-15. More than 800 companies and nearly 400 boats will participate in the event, WAM news agency reported Friday.

“Today, boating is as much about the feeling of luxury as it is about the thrill of being out on the water and the DIBS is the only place in the region to source these exclusive yachts,” said Helal Saeed Al Marri, director of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the organizer of the event.

The prestige and international positioning of this premier marine event, combined with the strong local demand for luxury boats, has propelled DIBS into a position where many of the world’s leading boat-builders are competing for space, DWTC said.

According to a recent report, the Middle East region has over 150,000 yachts, with local factories accounting for approximately 15 percent of worldwide production.

The range of luxury boats and yachts on display has become one of the distinctive features of the Dubai International Boat Show over the years, and the 2008 event is set to be one of the most prestigious editions ever held, he added.

Companies from every segment of the industry, from boat-builders to marine equipment suppliers and service providers, will participate in the exhibition.

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