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Dubai International Boat Show 2022 highlights Dubai’s leading position in maritime industry                                
The Middle East region is home to 12.6 per cent of the world’s superyachts, the second-highest fleet-to-billionaire ratio in the world

9 March, 2022

The Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS 2022) has played a major role in strengthening the position of Dubai as a global maritime hub which attracts people from all walks of life and from over the world, officials said on Wednesday morning.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, inaugurated the 28th edition of the event which is running from March 9-13, 2022 at its new venue at the Dubai Harbour. The show brings together more than 800 brands from 54 countries, and will feature 34 new launches as well as a range of interactive features throughout the five-day show.

Saeed Hareb, secretary general of the Dubai Sports Council and senior advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show, noted the importance of the event returning to its new location close to the heart of Dubai. “It is important for us to showcase the facilities at the harbor to the rest of the world.”

Trixie LohMirmand, executive vice president of Events Management at the Dubai World Trade Centre, organisers of the event, also spoke about the significance of Dubai Harbour and its location within the heart of Dubai Urban Plan 2040. “This is major tourism hub and for us it is a great permanent home for the Dubai International Boat Show. Another reason why we are very excited about the new location is because of the sea access it offers, so we will see a lot of boats in action during the show.”

She also looked back at the various initiatives that have driven an increased volume of tourists to the city such as the Dubai Winter Destination and winter tourism season. “Everyone wanted to experience and explore what Dubai had to offer and a lot of people were coming into Dubai during the winter season with their boats, so the industry has been going on a steady trajectory over the past two years.”

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome everybody to the new and permanent home of the Dubai International Boat Show,” said Abdulla Bin Habtoor, chief portfolio management officer at Shamal Holding, the owner and curator of Dubai Harbour. “We embarked on a journey a few years ago to design a new island in Dubai where we wanted to reimagine how the city engages with the seafront. In doing so, we designed the largest marina in the city, and one thing that we always had in mind was to design a permanent home for the Dubai boat show.”

“This was because we knew that we could not achieve our vision in the industry alone,” he added. “We need the right partners to showcase our strengths and offerings. With 700 marina berths, we are very much interested in growing the recreational boating industry in the UAE.”

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