Strategic Planning Senior Manager, Lusail Real Estate Development Company, Abdulaziz Al Zeyara (third left) and General Manager of Mourjan Marinas, Wayne Shepherd (left) with other officials at the media briefing yesterday. Salim Matramkot
DOHA: The first Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) 2013 is set to be launched in winter promising to uplift the luxury marine industry in the country.
The international event aims to provide an industry networking platform, generating solid opportunities for the promotion of new boats and services and creating a luxury market for affluent Middle Eastern and Asian buyers.
QIBS 2013 will showcase a promising display of yachts, boats and marine accessories at the Lusail Marina located within Lusail City between November 12 and 16, officials said at a press conference at the Lusail City yesterday.
The event is set to become an ideal marketing and networking platform for leading industry players in the boating and maritime sector in Qatar with around 100 international and local exhibitors attending, 150 boats on display, five global and regional launches and an estimated 15,000 visitors.
“We have already signed with some of the biggest marine and leisure supply companies and distributors who seek to capitalise on Qatar’s booming economy and the upcoming marine industry,” said Faysal Mikati, Vice President of Snow Comms – the event’s organiser.
“The plan is to put Qatar on the map in terms of the international boat show circuits by becoming one of the main destinations for regional yacht and boat companies, as well as international companies involved in leisure and water sports, seeking investment opportunities in the GCC markets, estimated at around QR750m,” he added.
QIBS will host a variety of motorboats, cruisers, yachts, fishing boats, speedboats, recreational family boats up to 30m in size, and leisure marine products.
Dedicated areas will also be available, offering information and advice on boat servicing, insurance, accessories, water sports, navigation equipment, engines, fixtures and fittings as well as fishing products.
Strategic Planning Senior Manager, Lusail Real Estate Development Company, Abdulaziz Al Zeyara, said: ‘’Lusail Marina aims to become the number one destination for the yachting circuit in Qatar and Lusail City is proud to be hosting the first edition of the Qatar International Boat Show as we are confident it will be a huge success.’’
Lusail Marina is a flagship yachting destination and the premier marina facility in the Middle East located along the coast just north of Doha in the Lusail City development. It features 93 modern floating berths that can host yachts of 10m to 40m in length.