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The 2019 Dubai International Boat Show opens its doors

By Katia Damborsky   26 February 2019

For the next five days, the 2019 Dubai International Boat Show will be showcasing a selection of yachts, water toys and luxury products from its prime location along the Dubai Canal on Jumeirah Street.

The UAE’s premiere boating event has returned to Dubai, bringing with it more than 400 vessels and roughly 30,000 visitors from 120 countries.

Running between 26 February and 2 March, show-goers will have the chance to peruse the yachts, trial water toys, attend social events and browse a vast spectrum of luxury lifestyle offerings.

Split between the marina and an on-land exhibition, the 400-strong fleet of boats are sure to be the stand-out attraction of the show.  From superyachts and tenders to fishing boats and state-of-the-art amphibious vessels, this year’s edition boasts an enormous variety.

Holding the title for largest on the line-up is Heesen’s 49m/163ft superyacht ROCKET. Having recently announced that she will be joining the charter fleet in the Mediterranean, she is now turning heads with her distinctive, sinuous exterior at stand MD 190 at the show.

The 400-strong fleet of boats are sure to be the stand-out attraction of the show.

Another recent addition to the charter fleet is the 28m/91ft motor yacht HANAA, a Dominator-built yacht which is part of the popular Ilumen series. Those considering a superyacht charter should pay HANAA a visit at stand MD 71, for the chance to step on board and tour her contemporary interiors.

In addition, show-goers have the chance to see ISA Yacht’s 2006 build AQUAMARINA, a yacht measuring 47m, or 156ft. Standing proud at stand MD 25, she will be easily recognisable thanks to her sky blue hull. Nearby, Custom Line’s 38m/126ft motor yacht O will also available to admire at stand MD 20.

As ever, top shipyards will be exhibiting at the show. Among them are Azimut, Riva and Sunseeker and UAE-based yard Gulf Craft, who have plenty of their yachts on the show's line-up. Meanwhile, world-class brands including Feadship, Oceanco, CRN and Heesen, will be on hand to supply information about their latest projects. 

Alongside the fleet, the Dubai International Boat Show is presenting a selection of the latest cutting-edge water accessories. Underwater drones, a transparent kayak and a snowboard-style Fliteboard will all be showcased for those interested in purchasing toys and gadgets to enhance their water fun.

Show-attendees are even able to trial some of these toys for themselves, at the dedicated Watersports Village. In a safe and controlled environment, visitors are able to try out the kayaks, paddleboards and underwater scooters.

Show-attendees are able to trial some of these toys for themselves at the dedicated Watersports Village.

On top of this, there are a number of water toy contests taking place to inject some friendly competition into the show. Friday sees a hotly-anticipated winner-takes-all Flyboard Championship at 6.30pm, followed by a Jet-Ski freestyle competition, where show-goers will be able to see some crazy stunts being performed

Meanwhile, there will also be an adrenaline-charged International Aquabike Championship on Saturday, and the grand finale of the Dubai Fishing Championship taking place on Friday and Saturday.

Away from the yachts and the water toys, the show's retail village is playing host to plenty of marine-related equipment and luxury goods, including a supercar showcase.

Bringing its signature brand of luxury hospitality to the Gulf, Nikki Beach is also back at the Dubai International Boat Show by popular demand. Promising laid-back party vibes with live DJ sets and flavour-filled refreshments, the pop-up venue is a must-visit for those at the show.

The Dubai International Boat will be open from 3pm to 9.30pm, from today until Saturday.

For more details on any charter yachts in attendance, please get in touch with your preferred charter broker.

Alternatively, view all luxury yachts for charter in Dubai.


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