KHALEEJ TIMES, Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 | Muharram
Abu Dhabi to host int'l boat show
The inaugural Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) from October 17 to 20
will help build some momentum in the boating industry, industry experts said.
ADIBS 2018 is organised by Abu Dhabi National
Exhibitions Company and will see 270 exhibiting companies from 25 countries,
including the US, the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan,
Canada and New Zealand along with local companies involved in luxury boats,
yachts, water sports and fishing equipment industries - making up to 48 per cent
of the participants.
ADNEC group CEO Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri said the
event aims to position Abu Dhabi as the region's capital for business tourism by
organising new events and attracting international exhibitions and conferences.
"We decided to organise the boat show after an
extensive study of the local market, focusing on sectors identified in the Abu
Dhabi Plan and Emirate's Vision 2030, where leisure and tourism sectors are
recognised as the main pillars of economic growth and diversification, along
with other sectors."
In four days of the event, some 90 boats are set
to attract 20,000 visitors to the ADNEC Marina and there will be some 23 product
launches, including luxury yachts, boats, specialised water sports and fishing
Abu Dhabi Ports' executive vice president of
corporate support Abdullah Humaid Al Hamli said the maritime sector has been
growing steadily in Abu Dhabi and will be further boosted by such events.
"ADIBS will act as catalyst for the luxury yacht
and boat industry which has grown in the last 10 years and has started to
attract industry leaders from the region and the rest of the world," he said.
'Slow now but will grow'
Al Suwaidi Marine's president Mohammed Al Suwaidi said the event was a great
platform for local manufacturers to showcase their products to international
"The event will open up a world of opportunity for
luxury yachts, boats, watersports and fishing equipment industry in the UAE.
This will be an ideal platform for them to connect with leading international
companies in this field."
He said the industry was seeing a slowdown and
such events help connect with new players.
"In terms of manufacturing, there are good
companies in the UAE but boating industry worldwide is going through recession
because of the economic slowdown. The condition is up and down. When things are
slow, companies take time in developing, improving products and quality. We
expect more products will be developed in coming years," Al Suwaidi said and
added there will be a new boat launched and three unique ones on display at the
"There is lot of effort from ADNEC to push this
event as the event for boating in the Middle East," he added.
ADIBS show director Alex Nicholl said the event
will see a perfect mix of business, culture, heritage and history, thereby
promoting business tourism. He added there will be lots of family-centric
"There will cultural events, entertainment, food
and beverage, music, art and craft - these are the ideas that attract families
to the event, people who don't yet know that they love boating. Abu Dhabi is a
perfect boating location," he said and added there will be lots of activities to make people love boating.