Next year’s event will take place from March 11-12

Under the patronage of Dubai Ports World subsidiary P&O Marinas, the third edition of the International Superyacht Summit is to take place in Dubai next year from March 11-12.

Speaking to IBI in Dubai on Sunday, a P&O Marinas representative said: “The event will discuss local and international issues related to superyachting, including the development of the UAE and region as a superyacht friendly destination. We will also highlight new themes including how superyacht marina developments empower lifestyle and the role of yachting in new tourist destinations.

“During the summit the delegates will discuss the emerging trends in superyacht ownership and how builders can accommodate the needs of a younger generation of owners and charterers. Central to this trend is also the growing environmental awareness of these younger generations and the higher intolerance of unsustainable practices globally.”

Speaking how the summit has developed, the representative said: “Since its inception in 2018, the International Superyacht Summit has established itself as the only event specifically dedicated to the superyacht industry in the region. For the third edition we decided to change the name of the event from the ‘Dubai International Superyacht Summit’ to the ‘International Superyacht Summit’ in order to represent the more regional spread of the summit throughout the Middle East region, not just Dubai. The summit will include involvement from Saudi Arabia developers who are keen on developing maritime tourism in the Red Sea as well as speakers from the Mediterranean established destinations, such as Venice.”

Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and managing director, DP World, UAE region, said: “We’re pleased that the annual International Superyacht Summit in Dubai is on course, supporting the UAE’s ambition to establish itself as a preferred superyacht winter destination. We welcome the summit’s focus on environmental awareness, an essential part of developing a sustainable superyacht sector.”

Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Mannaei, CEO - P&O Marinas executive director Mina Rashid, said: “The International Superyacht Summit is a showcase opportunity for a region known for its deep interest in yachting and all maritime affairs. P&O Marinas and Fabulous Yachts are committed to building on the success of the past two summits in exploring the best way forward to continue to promote the region as a superyacht and luxury tourist destination.”

As in previous editions, the summit will take place over two days with each day offering two sessions. There will be two workshops and numerous opportunities to network with local operatives, VIPs, speakers and sponsors.