Everything you need to know about the Dubai International Boat Show
From March 1 to 5, the most prestigious showcase of luxury yachts comes to Dubai: all the program and events not to be missed
Every year, Dubai becomes the world capital of sailing during the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), of which this year Dubai Italia Experiences is a media partner.
It has been considered for nearly 30 years, the most prestigious luxury boat show and one of the largest and most highly attended leisure time, seaside and lifestyle events of the Middle East and Asia; not to mention its strategic role in the promotion of yachting across the Emirates where the number of marinas has been significantly increasing lately and where today, there is a very high concentration of owners of the world’s largest yachts.
The event, which this year takes place over the first five days of March, keeps the whole Dubai Harbour area- the super modern marina which since last year has been the extraordinary location of the event, with 1,100 boat berths and capable of mooring superyachts up to 160 meters (525 feet) in length- awake around the clock. A location fit for an event dotted with breathtaking boats.
Whether you’re looking for a new superyacht or you’re simply interested in learning about the newest trends in the sailing community, DIBS is the must-see show for a complete overview of the latest developments in the high-end yachting market: from the most sumptuous superyachts to the newest jet skis, from water sports innovations to scuba diving equipment, including the latest developments in underwater watchmaking and in the real estate field. With over 30,000 visitors, the event showcases 800 brands, the work of 55 shipyards and 150 superyachts in all shapes, style and genres. The main attraction is, no doubt, the Superyacht Avenue, the exclusive area which gathers the greatest and most impressive yachts on show and is always buzzing with activity. It is a huge opportunity to see what’s new in the superyacht world.
The show is also a great chance for diving lovers. The Dive MENA Expo includes a series of conferences and practical sessions for scuba diving fans, and the water sports arena is the perfect place for having a go at activities such as kayak and paddle boarding. Amateur fishermen can also take part in the Dubai Fishing Competition, which takes place at the same time as the boat show.
DIBS is synonymous with luxury, from sea-inspired art to luxury watches, on show at the many premium shops. And for those who love cars as much as yachts, the show hosts a parade of wonderful supercars.
Every day, the boat show’s program includes a number of different social and lifestyle events, such as DJ Sets, evening parties and relaxing pop-up events. The boat show is divided into different areas, including Marina Display, that is, the exhibition area where world-leading and local shipbuilders and brands introduce their luxury yachts and boats and within which is found the Superyacht Avenue; Outdoor Zone is the entire outdoor area which gathers the manufacturers of small and medium-sized boats (motor, fishing and sailing boats) and the navies; Equipment, Supplies and Services (ESS) is the area that gathers the exhibitors specialising in a wide range of equipment, accessories, products and services in the yachting field. In addition to introducing an exclusive selection of yachts, this year, the DIBS houses also a gallery of ocean-inspired works of art and an exhibition called Proudly UAE, which celebrates all things concerning the UAE, such as local companies and innovations.
This year, gourmands will be delighted by the exciting addition of the exclusive Nikki Beach entertainment destination, which brings its famous culinary pop-up event from the Cannes International Film Festival and the Italian Porto Cervo town to Dubai’s picturesque seaside neighborhood. A unique and delicious experience for foodies with F&B offerings that suit all palates, from high-end to casual contemporary restaurants and food trucks for family fun, including sustainable and meatless options. Known for its live DJ and musician performances, its bubbly atmosphere and Mediterranean menu, the Nikki Beach’s DIBS offers a number of interactive culinary experiences, based on the area’s freshest ingredients and an uninterrupted and energising day-to-night transition.