Dubai — As sailing’s popularity continues to soar in the region, the 23rd edition of the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) features a dedicated sailing section to help newcomers learn more about the activity and for enthusiasts to meet and interact with exhibitors and other fans and see the latest and best sailing boats on the market.
While sailing has formed part of traditional life in the UAE and the wider region, as Gulf states have increasingly developed planned communities around an active, on-water lifestyle, demand and interest in the activity has skyrocketed in the past few years. Abu Dhabi’s recent hosting of a stage in the Volvo Ocean Race drew thousands of visitors.
“We are definitely seeing increased interest in sailing here in Dubai, with our waiting list to join being very long — from young children through to adults,” said James Shuttleworth, chief instructor Sailing Department, Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. “The conditions here in Dubai are ideal for sailing, with year-round sunny weather, favourable wind conditions and water being such a big part of Dubai life. For many people in the expat community, they may also have the time and money to try out things that they wouldn’t have been able to do in their own countries.”
The DIBS Sailing section is designed as an interactive zone, where enthusiasts — from experienced sailors to first-timers — can see boats, brands, equipment and suppliers from across the globe in a relaxed environment. Visitors will be able to get specialist technical advice from experts and see the latest technologies and products.
First time exhibitor, and participant in DIBS Sailing, Pelican Marine Equipment Trading will be bringing six sailing brands to the show, including boats from Laser Performance, the world’s largest producer of small sailboats.
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