Dubai World Trade Centre, owner and manager of the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), has revealed more details about the show’s venue and content for the 2018 edition. DIBS is moving to the Dubai Canal in Jumeirah while major improvements are carried out at the previous Dubai International Marine Club venue as part of construction work for the new mega-marina project, Dubai Harbour.

The region’s premier maritime event runs from February 27 to March 3.

According to a statement from the organiser: “The Dubai Canal is an ideal location for the region’s leading luxury yacht and sailing industry event. The waterway runs from the creek in Old Dubai, through Business Bay and into the Arabian Gulf. Since its opening in 2016, Dubai Canal has further established Dubai as a world-class maritime destination.

“The move to the Dubai Canal is a temporary shift as construction gets under way at the new Dubai Harbour, designed to be the Middle East’s largest marina with some 1,400 berth spaces which will provide the UAE’s boating community with an expanded base that will inspire a new wave of boat owners to the region.

The statement continues: “Of the thousands of visitors to DIBS last year, nearly 40% expressed an interest in seeing new boats, and almost a third were keen to have a fun day out with the family – the new location for the 2018 show at the Dubai Canal will support the display of new boats as well as interactive activities for adventurers of all ages.

“The Dubai Canal location provides access to surrounding business and leisure hubs as well residential communities in Dubai city. Visitors to DIBS will have world-famous landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Frame just minutes away, and ample parking and transportation options at the event.”

Exhibition space at the show is already 80% booked, adds the DIBS organiser.

His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council and senior advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show, says: “Dubai Canal is one of the great construction achievements in recent years and a wonderful success for the marine industry in the UAE. To hold the prestigious Dubai International Boat Show at this location is a very exciting prospect with a wealth of possibilities, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops DIBS into its next stage of growth.”

Erwin Bamps, CEO of UAE-based Gulf Craft, one of the shows major exhibitors, says: “Gulf Craft is delighted to welcome a new location for the region’s leading yacht and boat show. We’ve followed the development of the Dubai Canal very closely – it has created a new concept of waterfront living and waterfront enjoyment for residents and tourists alike. We are looking forward to bringing Gulf Craft’s selection of vessels to this exciting new venue next year. The location, at the very heart of Dubai and its newest, world-class landmark, perfectly reflects the event’s status on the global maritime calendar.”

The 2018 event will welcome two new areas: Future of Yachting and Luxury Boulevard, while the DIBS Outdoor Area will showcase local and international builders with boats up to 12m in length.

Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions and Events Management of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), says: “Now in its 26th year, the Dubai International Boat Show is a firm favourite with yacht owners and makers. Its new home will help to launch the region’s premier maritime event into its next period of growth.”