Dubai Creek Marina welcomed thousands of guests to the 8th Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show this month, with nine boats sold over the three-day event despite a slowdown in the Dubai market.

According to the organisers, a record number of visitors – more than 7,000 – made their way to the show from November 9-11, marking the most attendees in the event’s eight-year history.

Sponsored by insurance company Noor Takaful and hosted at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, the 2017 edition was one of the most successful yet. More than 60 vessels were on sale from 25 exhibitors – including Gulf Craft, Bush and Noble, Art Marine, Princess Yachts and SF Yachts – all displaying pre-owned boats. Over the three-day period, nine boats were sold with a combined value of AED 32.6m, the organisers said.

Abdulla Ali Al Noon, club manager at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, said: “This year’s event certainly lived up to its aim of being bigger and better than ever. We had a record number of attendees and boating enthusiasts were spoilt for choice with some fine vessels on display."

Dubai Creek Marina is one of the first marinas developed in Dubai and offers facilities at the heart of Dubai’s waterfront with berthing, on-site chandlery, a fully equipped workshop and boat repair yard facilities available.

The leisure marine industry in Dubai is facing some difficult challenges. Many in the industry cite that the home market is suffering from issues such as regional security concerns, over regulation of leisure boating, rising labour costs and a general downturn in the local economy.

The forthcoming implementation of VAT in the UAE later this year and the relocation of the Dubai International Boat Show next February to a new venue are additional issues that the industry faces.