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Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2023

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show sees record participation

ABU DHABI, November 10, 2023

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2023 which is underway at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Marina and Canal Hall, is one of the largest since its inception in 2018 with the number of exhibitors and participating brands increasing to 711, an increase of 30% compared to the previous edition.

The fifth edition, which runs until November 12, is witnessing record participation from major international companies specialised in the manufacturing of yachts, boats, fishing equipment and water sports, said the even organisers Adnec Group.

The number of participating countries also increased to 50 countries compared to 41 countries in the previous session, with an increase of 17%, as well as the participation of 10 new countries – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Norway, Belgium, Lithuania, Indonesia, Cyprus, Maldives, Sri Lanka in addition to Hong Kong.

Additionally, the total area of the exhibition increased to reach 65,000 sqm, an increase of 55% compared to the same period, while the number of national companies participating in the current session increased to reach 70%, which represents more than 91% of the international brands participating in the exhibition.

The number of new yachts and boats launched for the first time in the Middle East will also increase by 40% to 15 boats from 13 countries around the world.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO of Adnec Group, said: "Since its inception, the Abu Dhabi International boat show has reaffirmed its position as one of the leading yacht, boat, fishing and marine sports industry events in the region, which contributes significantly to strengthening Abu Dhabi's position as a leading tourist destination in the region.

He added: "We are pleased with the large participation witnessed in the activities of the current session, which attracts major companies specialised in the sector. The secret to the success of the exhibition is the generous patronage it enjoys from the wise leadership of UAE, and the keenness of Adnec Group to translate its aspirations on the ground by identifying the needs of exhibitors and visitors alike, and then developing solutions and plans that would exceed their expectations and are according to the highest international specifications and standards.

“Additionally, the group has launched several initiatives and accompanying events in this edition for the first time in its history, which we believe will provide a unique experience for all in attendance."

Darren Johnson, CEO of Capital Events, a subsidiary of Adnec Group and organiser of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, said: "We are proud of the development witnessed by the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, where all indicators recorded positive growth rates in terms of the volume of participation, exhibition spaces and the new accompanying events that are launched successively in this edition.

He added: "We have a clear vision and roadmap to enhance the competitiveness of this exhibition, as well as its ability to attract leading industries and organizations who specialize in economic and knowledge sectors over the next five years." 

Among these initiatives is the launch of 12 events for families and all segments of society, ranging from entertainment events to cultural and educational competitions.

Coinciding with the Year of Sustainability, the accompanying events include the launch of the Sustainability Platform for the first time at the exhibition, which will witness the participation of 28 specialised international organisations and companies from 14 countries.

In addition to displaying new environmentally friendly engines and equipment for the first time, six international companies from four countries will display the latest technologies specialised in the world of sustainability and environmental preservation.

The show will witness the launch of the Innovation Platform, in which the latest innovations and technologies in the boating and navigation sector will be presented with the participation of 20 international companies from 11 countries, providing a platform for dialogues and discussions that includes 12 panel discussions over the four days, in which 35 speakers and experts will discuss a number of issues in sustainability and environmental conservation.

The exhibition will also feature several distinctive events, the most important of which is the announcement of the Abu Dhabi Marine Awards during the exhibition and the setting of a new Guinness World Record for the largest boat in the world built with three-dimensional printing technology. – TradeArabia News Service


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