(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The 21st edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, which closes today, saw high visitor turnout, with tens of thousands of people streaming through the gates over the first few days due to the international buzz surrounding the show.
In addition, significant boat sales have transpired during the show in its first days, highlighting the show's continued growth in its 21st year.
Visitors today will have the last chance to view the impressive range of superyachts and boats on display, as well as enjoy a range of family-friendly exhibitions, competitions, prize giveaways and entertainment options.
Premiering the innovative amphibious (land and sea) boat to the region at the show, Antoine Brugidou, CEO of France-based Iguana Yachts, commented on the receptiveness of innovation and technology in the UAE: "We've created an excellent boat that can reach up to 40 knots that is also capable of functioning as a land vehicle. With the vast wide open spaces, deserts, and islands around the UAE and the Gulf, this kind of technology is being well-received by those looking to be on land and on sea comfortably."
With the largest boat on water at this year's show, industry leader Behnemar showcased the more than 160 foot 'Sapphire', a fully equipped, trans-atlantic ready mega yacht. "The Sapphire is an elegant, opulent yacht well-suited to the potential boat buyers in the region. We focus on high-end, personalised consultancy services to help clients buy the perfect product to make them happy; something that potential buyers at the Dubai International Boat Show are looking for," said Dr Rainer Behne, chairman of Behnemar Yachting.
One of the fastest boats on display this year for its size and launching regionally is the Mercedes-AMG Cigarette Racing black edition, a 50 foot speed craft capable of reaching up to nearly 108 knots. "Most boats at this size usually don't reach 50 knots, so the feedback for this special edition boat has been fantastic," said Hector Rodriguez, Operations Manager for Cigarette Racing in the United States.
"The Dubai International Boat Show is a highly anticipated and vital event for the international marine industry and we are extremely pleased with the visitor and buyer turnout, business activity and high-level networking that has taken place so far," said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice-President of Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the show.