Dubai Boat Show launches ‘recognition awards’
Dubai, March 18, 2012
The Dubai International Boat Show (Dibs) has launched the World of Yachts Recognition Awards, recognising individuals, companies, and government agencies for decades-long excellence in service to the leisure marine industry.
The event which was held recently at the Royal Mirage Hotel marks the show’s 20th anniversary and underlines its position as a vital marine industry arbiter.
Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, presented the awards to the government partners for their continued support to the marine industry in the Middle East.
Organised by the Arab Marine Industries Association and in partnership with Officine Panerai, the awards were co-hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre and the World of Yachts and Boats magazine.
It comprises six diverse categories: government support awards, industry support awards, international awards, lifetime achievement awards, marina & seafront development awards, and recognition awards, the statement said.
Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), said: “The Dubai International Boat Show has become one of the world’s most influential marine events and a vital gateway to the global boating market. We are proud to co-host these awards to recognise some of the figureheads and innovators that have not only helped us grow in stature, but also made a marked and lasting impact on the industry at large.”
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Saeed Hareb for his support and dedication to the marine industry across the Middle East, particularly within the UAE. Hareb was also presented with the Industry Support Award for his commitment and work achievement at Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC).
Notable Recognition Awards for yacht and boat-building business achievement went to Mohamed Al Shaali of Gulf Craft for 30 years of excellence in the industry.
Al Shaali Marine’s Sultan Al Shaali was also rewarded for 20 years of excellence in the Middle Eastern marine sector, it said.
Government Support Awards were presented to Dubai Police and the Road and Transport Authority for 20 years of continued support to the Middle East’s marine and transport industry.
The International Award for Outstanding contribution to the Gulf super yacht industry went to Dr Mohammed Al Barwani, chairman of Oceanco.
Home to 430 yachts and 33 premiers – including 9 world launches and 24 regional premieres – Dubai International Boat Show is one of the top five international boat shows, as well as the Middle East’s number one destination for leisure marine trade.
The event which came to a close yesterday attracted 186 new companies from 46 countries. – TradeArabia News Service