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Dubai sees robust strength in boating industry
By William Faria February 22, 2017
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DUBAI: The UAE has long been on the cutting-edge of innovation across every industry, including the marine sector.

This drive for development, both in terms of the vessels that are crafted in the UAE and the coastal developments that welcome the rest of the world has made Dubai the leader of the marine industry.

The emirate has been booming in terms of contribution to the maritime industry which has grown at an unprecedented rate of 25 per cent between 2011 and 2015. Industry statistics predict that Dubai will outperform London, New York, Tokyo, Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro as one of the world’s leading maritime capitals by 2020.

Dubai’s strength in the boating industry can be witnessed during this year’s Dubai International Boat Show that will also see the launch of 38 global and regional vessels along with underwater drones and array of superyachts.

Sixty countries from across the globe will participate in the five- day show that takes place from February 28 to March 4 at Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi and is set to feature 450 boats and watercrafts at an estimated Dhs1.5 billion in value.

The Dubai International Boat Show that also celebrates its existence of a quarter of century will showcase boat manufacturers, owners, and water sports enthusiasts, reaches a 25-year milestone.

Since its inception in 1992, the Show has grown exponentially, propelling the regional marine community into a new era of innovation and global recognition with the recently announced Dubai Harbour. This project will bring 1,400 new berths to Dubai and allow superyacht owners to berth with ease in the region’s largest marina.

New entrants this year include Morocco, Latvia, Belgium and Bulgaria exhibiting for the first time.

The 2017 edition of the Dubai International Boat Show will see an outstanding showing of 38 global and regional launches and will feature 19 superyachts including the 77-metre Silverfast by Silver Yachts, the 70-metre Joy by Feadship and the 47-metre Majesty 155 by local manufacturer Gulf Craft.

The Show is set to highlight the changing marine industry landscape once again this year, with a world of superyachts, expanded beach entertainment area, robotic submersibles designed to explore underwater, sea-faring drones, supercars, luxury art and more.

“Dubai International Boat Show in its 25 years has grown in tandem with the Dubai leisure marine industry. With its coastline developments, warm weather and stunning environment, Dubai has become a world capital for the marine industry. Dubai International Boat show is and has always been an outstanding opportunity to highlight our achievements to the world,” said Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, and Senior Advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show.

“The government is investing heavily in expanding the Dubai waterfront, providing every opportunity for us to introduce many more residents and visitors to water sports and boating with facilities that highlight Dubai as a world leader in the maritime industry.”

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