on 20 Oct 2021
The third edition of Abu Dhabi International Boat Show was the region's first boat show of 2021, and attracted 353 exhibitors from 28 countries. UAE-based Gulf Craft was the largest exhibitor at the show with its display of six vessels
The third Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) has come to a successful close, after taking place October 13-16 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and ADNEC Marina.
ADIBS was the UAE’s first boat show of 2021, with displays on both water and land, and predominantly featured boats from local builders, with local companies making up 43% of exhibitors. Travel restrictions are still tight in Abu Dhabi, and so the show attracted a large number of local visitors, with relatively few visitors from overseas or other GCC nations.¬†
In total, ADIBS 2021 attracted 353 exhibitors and brands from 28 countries, an increase of 24% compared to the last show in 2019.
Saeed Al Mansoori, executive director of Capital Events, said: “ADIBS is an ideal platform to learn about the latest innovations in boating, fishing, marine sports and leisure industries. In addition, the exhibition is an ideal opportunity for maritime companies to conclude deals, discuss cooperation and find partners to help promote the development of this important industry.”
UAE-based Gulf Craft is the Middle East’s largest boat and yacht builder and was the largest exhibitor at the show. The builder had a display of five boats, in addition to its Nomad SUV 95′ expedition yacht.
Majesty 62 M – The Majesty 62 M is designed with the Maldivian market in mind, billed by the brand as a “Tropical Weekender”; offering a compact yet spacious luxury yacht.
Majesty 49 – Part of Gulf Craft’s flagship range of luxury yachts, the Majesty 49 showcases a styling concept very different from her predecessors, with impressive on-water performance and angular exterior styling.¬†
Nomad 95 – The Nomad 95 is a long-range adventure yacht perfect for families who enjoy exploring the high seas, with unique features such as an enclosed upper sky lounge and an uninterrupted 180-degree view of the ocean.
The Silvercraft 47 – The newest member of the Silvercraft family, the Silvercraft 47 sports the brand’s distinctive sleek styling and seaworthiness.¬†
Oryx 379 – The Oryx sport yachts combine power and performance with sporty styling. The Oryx 379 is robust, elegant and built for luxury and comfort.
Silvercat 40 Lux – With generous deck space, the Silvercat 40 Lux is perfect for families wishing to entertain large groups of guests. The Silvercat 40 Lux can also run its air conditioning using solar technologies, reducing noise created by a generator.¬†
Gulf Craft has grown from a manufacturer of small pleasure craft in 1982, to a yacht manufacturer in 1991 and a globally respected leading builder of superyachts since 2000. The company currently maintains three shipyards in the UAE and a facility in the Maldives.
In September, Gulf Craft announced its major expansion across Europe to meet growing demand from the continent alongside its focus on the USA and Australian markets. In the first half of 2021, Gulf Craft saw a 42% increase in new orders, and is exploring an expansion of its Umm al Quwain manufacturing facility to accommodate the growth.
Speaking at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, Gulf Craft’s chairman, Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, said. “We have made a significant investment in creating the world’s first fully integrated design and production facility for boats and yachts, with a first-class team developing world-class products.
“We are proud to be doing it in the UAE and contributing to our country’s economy. The Emirate’s manufacturing industry is on the rise, and we are very pleased to be part of that growth. Gulf Craft has been proudly making boats and yachts in the UAE for 40 years – upholding the centuries-old maritime heritage of the Arabian Gulf.”