Notes From The Editor

Editor's Note: A Spotlight on the UAE

From the sunny slice of London to an even sunnier city skyline; this week the Media Team headed to the Dubai Yacht Show for the opportunity to learn how industry businesses are shifting the spotlight to the ever-exciting UAE.

Having spent the week speaking with the biggest names within the superyacht industry, and their UAE representatives, it quickly became clear that this ever-enticing demographic has grown exponentially, and become a huge part of the yachting landscape for many. 

We began this week's special newsletter by shining a spotlight on the UAE and sitting down with Head of Sales at Burgess, Richard Lambert. Having invested in the region's market a number of years ago and with a thriving Asian office, the brokerage's comittment to their clients in the UAE spoke volumes. 

With European and American businesses focusing on a new set of lifestyle factors and demands, we spoke to Italian-shipyard, Dominator who confirmed this by shedding light on their latest launch; M/Y HANAA. Built by the European shipyard, they delivered an owner’s dream to a local Emirate who’s focus was deluxe indoor living, space and practicality at sea. With so much on the years agenda, Dominator Yachts remains a great example of catering to global tastes and desires, so successfully.

Continuing this dialogue further was Sunreef Yachts, who see the show as a reflection of just the kind of regional activity they have experienced. Their 40 Open Sunreef Power is one example of this; truly luxurious and an indication of how best to enjoy the local skyline.

Yas Marina, an equally enviable yachting hub close-by in Abu Dhabi, contributes to our understanding of the UAE as a global competitor, beyond simply a passive player in the yachting industry. As a leading superyacht marina, it plunges the region into the spotlight, and suggests this emerging market, has well and truly ‘arrived’.

Elsewhere, it was big news at Oceanco, as the yard launched it's latest (and extremely enticing) project, Esquel. The model, which was unveiled at DIBS, can be seen in all its glory in our Round Up article, alongside a large number of other exciting moments from the show.

Lastly but not least, the show's Director, Riju George described the ethos behind the show; "Dubai International Boat Show was formed through the people of the Emirates and their passion for the sea. The history of the UAE is built on pearl diving and we wanted to raise that to the new generation." A sentiment that has been shared throughout the show, and continues to inspire what will be tomorrow’s yachting landscape.