A high proportion of the visitors are either UAE or other Gulf State nationals

His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, inaugurated the first edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) 2018 today. Organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the event is the largest gathering of its kind in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for boats, yachts, watersports and fishing equipment and has attracted 270 exhibitors from 25 countries from the Gulf region, Europe and America.

A replica of the Titanic, made by a local builder for an Abu Dhabi sheikh

A replica of the Titanic, made by a local builder for an Abu Dhabi sheikh

IBI is visiting the show for the duration of the event and it was clear from the first day’s attendance that a high proportion of the visitors are either UAE or other Gulf State nationals, an indication that one of the key objectives of ADIBS, to build a stronger awareness of leisure boating within the UAE and the Gulf States, is on track.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, group CEO of ADNEC, said: “The successful start of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, amid high-level international participation, is a major milestone in furthering our strategy of promoting Abu Dhabi as a regional hub for business tourism, and our commitment to conducting leading international exhibitions and conferences in support of growth and economic diversification, in line with the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Plan and its Economic Vision 2030.”

He added: “Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is equipped with world-class facilities, making it the ideal destination for this inaugural boat show. We are confident that this international event, with its unique blend of luxury, heritage and innovation, will be exceptional at all levels, exceed visitor and exhibitor expectations, and reinforce its position as one of the leading shows in the international boat show calendar.”

Saeed Al Mansoori, director of IDEX, said: “ADIBS provides the ideal opportunity for international and local companies working in the leisure marine sector to showcase their latest yachts, boats, water sports materials and fishing equipment to a global audience. Local companies have leveraged this unique platform to prove their ability to compete with the world’s leading manufacturers of yachts, boats and leisure marine materials.

“The show proves, by its successful opening, that it will be a key player in the international leisure marine sector in the future, which enhances its role in supporting the government in its goal of making Abu Dhabi a leading destination for hosting and organizing major international events in various vital sectors.”

Show director Alex Nicholl spoke with IBI about the first day of the event: “Today is the opening day for the show and is by invitation to VIPs, we have received hundreds of important visitors from Abu Dhabi and the other Emirates. We have been well supported by the Abu Dhabi government who have helped in encouraging local VIP’s to attend.”

Gulf Craft, the UAE’s major boat manufacturer, is the largest exhibitor in the show. The company is showcasing three yachts – the Majesty 100, Majesty 135 and Majesty 62 – together with smaller models from the Silvercraft range.

Salem AlRemeirhi of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club told IBI: “Considering it’s the opening day, the number of the visitors was remarkable and the quality were high income and different age and nationalities. We expect to receive many more visitors during the weekend.”

The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show runs until October 20 at ADNEC Marina.