Despite the difficult and challenge political circumstances facing Qatar within the GCC region, the 5th edition of the Qatar International Boat Show(QIBS) has opened today (March 13). The event, which has relocated from Lusail Maria to the Pearl for 2018, will run until March 17.

QIBS 2018 is smaller than it has been in previous years but it is still reported to be fielding some 70 exhibitors and 90 boats and yachts. Some leading regional companies from places such as the UAE, are not participating as previously.

Some of the brands that signed up for QIBS 2018 include

- Gais Marine,

- Seas and Deserts Group,

- Alghais Marine Equipment,

- Balhambar,

- Halul Boats,

- Performance Marine,

- Al Dar Marine, Azimouthio,

- Aresteas Yachting,

- Potona Marine,

- Milaha,

- Dolphin Marine,

- Venice Yachts,

- Ghasham Marine Services,

- Ronautica,

- Blue Marine,

- MTU,

- Jalbout Marine,

- Royal Yacht,

- Qatar Marine Sports & Sailing Club,

QNB (Qatar National Bank) is the Official Sponsor of QIBS 5th Edition and Maserati is the Official Car of the Show. Al Mannai Plus Events, the organising company of QIBS 2018, arranged to relocate the show to The Pearl, which is the first tourist destination in Qatar, being an easier and more accessible event venue than Lusail.

The event is taking place under the auspices of H.E. the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Fadi Al Yousfi, Director of the 5th edition of QIBS, commented: “We have been able to set a record in attracting leading manufacturers and exhibitors who are specialized in the manufacturing and promotion of boats and luxury yachts. More than 70 exhibitors have been registered so far and going by the growing popularity the number is set to increase in the next three days.”

“We are anticipating,” he added, “an unprecedented turnout to this year’s edition of QIBS especially as it is located in an amazing and accessible area of the Pearl Island – Qatar. In order to offer a unique experience to our participating companies, we will be hosting various interesting activities such as marine tours, prizes, water activities, marine races and relevant seminars.”