The third edition of the Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) will this year showcase more than 120 brands and 85 boats, both on land and in water. The show will be held from the 10th to the 14th November at Mourjan Marinas in Lusail City, Qatar.
QIBS 2015 has already secured many international exhibitors, such as Azimut, Sea Ray, Princess, Ferreti, Riva, Gulf Craft, Sunseeker, Prestige, Itama, Benetti, Sunreef, Silver Yachts, Heesen Yachts and many more.
In addition, the Qatari maritime industry will showcase companies such as NDSQ (Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar), Halul Boats, Balhambar Boats and Al Udeid Boats.
Essa Al Mannai, chairman of QIBS board of directors commented, “The outstanding growth seen by QIBS adds to Qatar’s rich nautical history and is made possible by countless governmental authorities. Qataris make up a significant proportion of all Gulf state buyers of yachts, and maritime companies and investment opportunities are growing as a result. Ultimately, the mandate of QIBS is to play a pivotal role in promoting and fostering continued growth in the maritime industry in Qatar and throughout the region.”
Faysal Mikati, founder and CEO of Snow Comms and conceptualiser of QIBS said, “Last year’s edition of QIBS was extremely successful from a business perspective, with sales of more than 80 million Qatari riyals, and further prospective orders. The third edition will be no exception as we have expanded the shows’ international presence through promotions around the globe. We have every confidence that we will be able to create another show of the highest standard.
“Within the nation we have many Qataris signing deals with prominent yacht brands to be their agents in Qatar. For instance, Ventura, a British yacht charter company, has signed with a Mr Ali Misnad, who is a member of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce. The internationally renowned Blohm and Voss superyacht shipyard has signed up with Art Marine.’’
Pantelis Stathis, boat show director added, “The scope and focus of the boat show has grown to include awards ceremonies, nautical activities and exclusive gatherings for exhibitors. Now entering our third year allows us to expand the reach of the QIBS and become strong international player in the evolving marine industry.”
The event’s location at Mourjan Marinas was selected to give guests views of the Arabian Gulf while they explore its offerings and have their enquiries fielded by some of the industry’s experts.
The Qatar International Boat Show will be open weekdays from 2:30pm to 9:30pm, and on weekends 12:30pm to 9:30pm.