Dubai International Boat Show to return at Dubai Canal
By Staff Report
Published: Mon 22 Jan 2018, 3:42 PM
Last updated: Tue 23 Jan 2018, 8:57 AM
The Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) will be returning to the UAE next month, at a new location on the Dubai Canal.
Taking place from February 27 to March 3, DIBS 2018 will be held at the new location, as construction gets under way at the new Dubai Harbour, designed to be the Middle East's largest marina with some 1,400 berth spaces. Dubai Harbour will provide the UAE's boating community with an expanded base that will inspire a new wave of owners to the region.
"Dubai Canal is one of the great construction achievements in recent years and a wonderful success to the marine industry in the UAE. To hold the prestigious Dubai International Boat Show at this location is a very exciting prospect with a wealth of possibilities, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops DIBS into its next stage of growth," said Saeed Hareb, secretary general of Dubai Sports Council and senior advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show.
The new site has allowed organisers to create an event that aims to provide greater opportunities for partners and exhibitors to showcase all-new, breath-taking luxury superyachts, sailing boats, fishing vessels, water stunts and cutting-edge industry technology. The Dubai Canal is an ideal location for the region's leading luxury yacht and sailing industry event. The 3.2-kilometres long waterway runs from the creek in Old Dubai, through Business Bay and into the Arabian Gulf. Since its opening in 2016, Dubai Canal has further established Dubai as a world-class maritime destination.
The Dubai Canal location provides unprecedented access to surrounding business and leisure hubs such as DIFC, DWTC and Business Bay, as well residential communities such as Downtown Dubai. Visitors to DIBS will have world-famous landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Frame just minutes away, and ample parking and transportation options at the event.
Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft said: "Gulf Craft is delighted to welcome a new location for the region's leading yacht and boat show. We've followed the development of the Dubai Canal very closely - it has created a new concept of waterfront living and waterfront enjoyment for residents and tourists alike. We are looking forward to bringing Gulf Craft's selection of vessels to this exciting new venue next year. The location, at the very heart of Dubai and its newest, world-class landmark, perfectly reflects the event's status on the global maritime calendar."