GULF CRAFT was the king of this year’s 25th Dubai International Boat Show as the UAE yard hosted its biggest-ever display, presenting a stunning collection of 16 luxury yachts and boats featuring six superyachts and three global debuts including the Majesty 100.
The latest edition of the 47m flagship Majesty 155 was the star of the five-day show, making its first appearance in the region and standing as the largest yacht on display at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi.
The Gulf Craft fleet was collectively worth well over AED300 million (US$82 million) and accounted for more than 20 per cent of the total value of the leisure craft on display. The yard also reported an opening- day sale of a Majesty 135, scheduled for delivery in spring 2018.
Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft, said: “Our coral anniversary comes at a very exciting time for the industry, one characterised by an increased worldwide demand for exclusive luxury cruising.
“In the last 35 years, we have manufactured almost 10,000 yachts and boats, delivered them to clients all around the world, and invested more than AED500 million in research and development, and across our facilities.
“Our selection in Dubai represented all the different experiences boat owners can have on water, and we will continue to invest heavily in research and development, product innovation, and aftercare solutions to enhance onboard comfort and deliver a seamless ownership experience to our customers.”
Leading international brands also had a strong presence. British builder Princess Yachts showcased recent models including the Sport 348, 43 Flybridge and 49 Flybridge.
Salim Tayssoun, Managing Partner for Princess Yachts, said:
“Princess Yachts International was delighted to be back at the Dubai International Boat Show. Year on year we see increased sales and market share through our partners.
“Interest in the Princess range has been the best yet at this year’s show with confirmed orders from both existing customers upgrading their yachts and new customers alike.”
Italian giant Azimut Yachts displayed five models, fellow Italian yard Monte Carlo Yachts exhibited its MCY 86, while Polish catamaran builder Sunreef presented the projects of the 150 Sunreef Power, Supreme 88 and the 88 Double Deck sailing yacht currently in production.
One of the show highlights was the live demonstration of the Seabreacher, a dolphin-shaped watercraft with a fully retractable snorkel, which sent pilots and passengers into 360-degree barrel rolls and had them leaping from the water.