The Dubai International Boat Show, which will run from 5 to 9 March 2013 at Dubai International Marine Club Mina Seyahi, represents a prestigious showcase for top yachts. Last year it attracted over 26,000 visitors from 76 countries, who viewed crafts by 784 exhibitors from 49 countries. Amongst the visitors were about 5,000 ultra-high-net-worth people from the Middle East and Asia, the appropriate audience for the sort of yachts on display. According to statistics, 42% of visitors attended the show specifically to purchase a boat.
The upcoming event, the 21st edition of the show, will also incorporate luxury lifestyle, in addition to yachts and yachting. The show will be divided into six areas, with different sectors that include superyachts, but also diving professionals and marine enthusiasts. The diving area DMEX will be 30% larger than last year, and over 60 new products will be launched at the show. A Superyacht brokerage area will present five brokered superyachts.
The exhibitors will include Italian shipyard Fincantieri, who have just launched their largest ship ever, the Royal Princess. Sunseeker will be launching a new 40-metre model, in a regional debut. Larson Boats will be exhibiting its LX Series, the sports-oriented LSR series, the luxurious LXI series, and the state-of-the-art Cabrio range. Nautique will be present, fresh from having received the Manufacturer of the Year Award, and the Most Innovative Product prize for its G-series Air Nautique G23, a wake-boat. Other important names at the show include Chris Craft, Van Dutch Marine, Princess, Azimut, Benetti, Westport, Trinity Yachts and many others. There will be a good representation from Turkey. In total there will be over 450 yachts in an area of over 80,000 square metres.
The largest craft present will include a 40-metre Sanlorenzo, five Princess yachts, a 50-metre Trinity, a 40-metre Sunseeker, and a 39-metre Kaiserwerft.
The venue, the Dubai International Marine Club Mina Seyahi (DIMC), is one of the largest marinas and yacht clubs in the area, located next to Le Meridien Mina Seyahi and the Palm Jumeirah. Its hotels, restaurants and nightlife within walking distance make it the perfect location for international visitors.