Dubai International Boat Show sails into town

It's not just about the superyachts at this year's DIBS.

February 27, 2017

The number of superyachts in the UAE and wider Gulf region is really quite ridiculous – see what we mean here with the biggest superyachts in the Middle East.

To put it in figures, the region is home to 12 per cent of all the world’s superyachts – that’s 193 boats – with the average length measuring 63 metres.

The evolution each year of the Dubai International Boat Show has reflected the local love for gigantic yachts, but it's also showcased a more experiential lifestyle, and this year's show running from 28th February to 4th March is no exception. 

According to its organisers, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the 2017 show will highlight the city's major waterfront projects, in particular the 20 million square foot Dubai Harbour project, which features a 135 meter-high tower, Dubai Lighthouse, housing a luxury hotel and an observation deck. 

Elsewhere the show will reflect the signs of growth in the UAE’s marine industry, from sailing and fishing trips to water sport stunts and on-yacht dining experiences. 

One of the notable new additions comes from Jalboot in the shape of its Wajer 38 vessel, launching in Dubai for the first time. The AED 3 million high-performance luxury boat - pictured above - will be available for sea trials. 

For the superyacht purists, fear not, there will of course be the usual large yachts on show, with a number of global launches and debuts expected from the 800 international and regional exhibitors. 

Dubai International Boat Show takes place at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi.