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Azimut Yachts presents its brand strategy in Dubai: luxury, latest generation Made in Italy combined with the most innovative technology

The Middle East confirms its central importance as a market, where the success of Azimut Yachts is linked to the competence of the distribution network and design flexibility

At the Dubai International Boat Show 2018, Azimut Yachts launches its new La Dolce Vita 3.0 brand strategy in the UAE important market. Drawing on one of the masterpieces of Italian neorealist film, La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, Azimut Yachts presents a contemporary take on a lifestyle where luxury and joie de vivre, combined with the Made in Italy ethos, represent the non plus ultra of fine design and technological research. Every creation by Azimut Yachts is a concentration of innovation, care over comfort and unmistakably Italian style, the distinctive features that have made yachts built at the shipyard famous the world over.

For years now, Dubai, and the Middle East in general have been an important market for Azimut Yachts: owners in the area are particularly fond of the Grande Collection, with 30% of the yachts in this line sold in the Middle East, where the brand’s turnover has tripled in the last five years. One demonstration of this is that the first hulls built of the new products announced for 2018, Grande 27 Metri and Grande 35 Metri, have been delivered to Middle Eastern customers. Another factor is that the first unit of the Grande 32 Metri, model year 2019, which will be presented at the Cannes Boat Festival September 2018 and has been bought by its owner on paper, demonstrating his confidence in the brand, will be delivered to the same area. Azimut’s commercial success is also confirmed by the short term delivery plan, according to which one yacht a month is scheduled to arrive in the Middle East in the second half of the year.

“We are delighted to participate to Dubai International Boat Show, because we consider UAE a region with an extraordinary potential for growth – said Azimut Yachts CEO, Marco Valle. I had the chance to be a panellist in the International Superyacht Summit, organized in Dubai during the Boat Show, – continued Valle – and I am definitively convinced that the UAE have the perfect conditions to became a new superyacht hub: here people understand and appreciate luxury goods which entail innovation, craftsmanship and attention to details, almost tailor made, exactly as our yachts are.”

There are two main reasons for this success. It is driven by profitable collaboration with the Gulf area dealer Seas & Deserts, which offers customers an extensive and competent network of sales offices and technical assistance centers. On the other it is the result of Azimut Yachts’ ability to offer boats with that unmistakable Made in Italy allure, but adapted to satisfy the special needs of local customers in terms of their decor and in part of their layout, drawing on design and construction flexibility that is hard to find elsewhere on the market.

Showcasing new five models at the show  

The Grande 27 Metri, winner of the “Most Achieved Trophy” in the 80 to 125-foot category at the World Yacht Trophies and designed by Stefano Righini, is a widebody superyacht with a unique concept that perfectly harmonises the exterior lines with peerless interior volumes. The decor is the work of Achille Salvagni and stands out for its contrasting colours and materials, as well as for the unique pieces of furniture made to measure by expert craftsmen. The two 1,900 hp MAN V12 engines drive the yacht to a top speed of 27 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots.

Azimut Verve 40, the second premiere in Dubai, is the first all-Italian Weekender, which combines all the typical features of the traditional American walkaround and day cruiser, but adds to them the peerless elegance and sophistication of Italian style. Its main features include the steering console with modern styling inspired by automotive design and the spacious underdeck area, offering relaxing and comfortable accommodation. The interior decor is extremely sophisticated. Three 350 hp Mercury Verado engines drive the yacht to a top speed of 44 knots and a cruising speed of 37 knots.

The third and final premiere is the Azimut 60, an 18-meter yacht designed once again by Stefano Righini, whose exteriors are characterised by the the vertical bow and big pilothouse windows, which are full-height on the starboard side, offering a spectacular view of the sea thanks to the cutaway gunwales next to the lounge area. The interior and exterior decor, dominated by flowing lines, is the work of Achille Salvagni, who has chosen extremely rich materials and lavished consummate care on the details and finishings. The two 800 mHP ip MAN, or alternatively two 900 mHP Volvo D13 engines, drive the yacht to a top speed of 31 knots. The other boats on show will be Azimut Magellano 76 and Azimut 77S.

Azimut Yachts, is part of Azimut|Benetti Group, which placed first in the Global Order Book 2018, ranking one of the world’s leading builders of luxury yachts over 24 meters for the 18th year running.

The brand is well known all over the world for its pioneering approach, as proven by several product innovation milestone and the ability to create new product segments, not to mention the attitude to develop original technology innovation such as the extensive use of carbon fibre.

Another key factor is the support of a team of architects who have different styles and approaches, with whose help we are successfully bringing to market products with strong personalities, each addressed to a specific target

The 2018 pipeline entails 4 new launches: Atlantis 51 and Flybridge 55, recently presented at the Dusseldorf Boat Show, while Azimut Grande 32 METRI and Azimut S6 will debut at Cannes next September.



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Italian expertise celebrated in the nautical industry


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As the Dubai International Boat Show 2018 comes to an end this week, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) along with UCINA Confindustria Nautica, the Italian Marine Industry Association, hosted an evening reception to celebrate the country’s thriving boating sector and flourishing relations with the UAE.

Held at the Italian pavilion inside the tent, the event was attended by institutional bodies represented by Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy to Dubai; Gianpaolo Bruno, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan; and Carla Demaria, President of UCINA – Confindustria Nautica – Italian Marine Industry Association; along with a collective of companies operating in the nautical sector that are exhibiting to showcase Italian innovations and solutions at the five-day show.

Presenting a global boating industry overview based on a survey by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, Demaria said: “The last three years have been the fastest growing years for Italy with two-digit growth. Leasing, which grew 70% in value, was the biggest booster and resulted in 26% increase in the number of contracts.” While sharing the newly-approved Italian nautical code, she commented: “We are delighted that the new codes which will benefit the maritime industry have been finally approved by the Authorities. These will simplify processes in boat registrations and licensing, and very economical as well.”

The Italian pavilion is located at Stands E18 – E19, part of the Equipment Supplies & Services area. Taking place at the Dubai Canal until March 3, 2018, the show opens at 3pm and ends at 9:30pm. For more information on ITA’s participation, please visit:;


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New VLCC ‘Qamran’ lifts Bahri’s fleet of multipurpose vessels to 91


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Maintaining its positive run in 2018, Bahri, a global leader in transportation and logistics, accepted the delivery of ‘Qamran’, a Very Large Crude-oil Carrier (VLCC), to further strengthen its market-leading position in crude oil transportation and enhance its maritime offering.

The 300,000-DWT carrier is the third VLCC to join Bahri’s fleet this year, following the delivery of ‘Kassab’ in January and ‘Lawhah’ in February, bringing the total number of Bahri’s fleet to 91 vessels including 44 VLCCs. The new vessel has reinforced the company’s position as the largest VLCC owner and operator worldwide. Built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), the world’s largest shipbuilding company based in South Korea, the new VLCC features a length of 330 meters and a width of 60 meters.

Bahri took the delivery of ‘Qamran’ at a ceremony held at the HSHI’s Mokpo shipyard in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, on February 28, 2018. The carrier is part of the 10 VLCCs Bahri signed with the South Korean company in May 2015 in line with the Saudi conglomerate’s strategic long-term maritime growth and expansion plan.

“The addition of ‘Qamran’ to our already strong fleet is a new milestone in our growth journey and a true testament to the robustness of Bahri’s long-term expansion plans. In addition to providing a significant boost to our efforts to deliver unprecedented growth and productivity in 2018, the new vessel will further enhance our maritime offering and enable us to expand our customer base by catering to the increased demand for crude-oil transportation across local and international markets. Further, ‘Qamran’ has solidified our position as a leader in the global maritime sector,” said Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri.


“Qamran has renewed our resolve to revolutionize the maritime industry through diversified and innovative solutions designed to meet various needs in the market. More importantly, it has further bolstered Bahri’s capability to continue our support to the Kingdom’s ambitious initiatives such as the Saudi Vision 2030, and contribute to the country’s efforts to reinforce its pre-eminent position as a strategic regional hub and logistics gateway across continents,” added Aldubaikhi.


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A Versatile Beauty


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The Sunreef Supreme 68 Power ATHENA

Sunreef always puts a smile on our face at Dubai Boat Show with their new announcements and this year it was no different. We got introduced to an ultramodern motor catamaran,the Sunreef Supreme 68 Power ATHENA who takes her name from the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, mathematics and arts.

The DNA of the yacht draws a lot of inspiration from her patroness’s versatility. The boat’s sublime design, cutting edge technology and pioneering character all reflect her universal spirit. The architecture of this yacht model revisits the way catamarans have been built so far. Her radical design allowed to create an immense saloon surrounded with floor to ceiling glass – a space opening wide both onto the cockpit and passageways.

The  large 65m2 interior deck is big enough to place a beamy master cabin in the bow with access to the front terrace – a layout solution that gained Athena’s Owner’s attention. The master cabin occupying the whole front part of the deckhouse is fitted with a king-size bed and offers a panoramic view. The Owner’s realm also features a large desk, ample storage, a dressing room and a master bathroom with a magic glass wall.

The living space or Athena’s saloon was given a soothing and elegant design, combining shades of light oak with glossy white and embossed leather finishing. Placed amidships is a vast lounge with a U- shaped sofa facing a 65’’ TV. This central seating area is surrounded with an onyx-clad bar to portside and a coffee table to starboard.

The portside hull houses the comfortable crew quarters and mess neighboring Athena’s well equipped galley, pantry and storage rooms. The galley is fitted with a food elevator, serving both the saloon and flybridge. One of the yacht’s ample forepeaks provides room an additional bed and bathroom for Athena’s crew. The bow section of the port hull is occupied by a guest cabin with twin beds and a spacious bathroom. The layout of the starboard hull features another guest cabin as well as a luxurious VIP cabin with a double bed, a sofa, a vast bathroom and dressing area.

Athena features an immense flybridge topped with an elegant bimini. This scenic area is fitted with a mist sprayer, a bar, a barbecue, a large table for eight and mattresses to obtain a vast dining and lounging space of 65m2. The yacht’s big front terrace is a prime place to relax on the large sun pads or to enjoy a bath in the Jacuzzi.

Equipped with an aft garage, the Sunreef Supreme 68 allows to conveniently store the 445 Williams tender, a kayak, a diving compressor, lockers and additional freezers. The garage door, when lowered, creates an aft platform ideal for water sports.

The main navigation station on Athena is placed on the flybridge. The yacht features a powerful Volvo IPS system for a maximum of maneuverability and optimized performance. An additional joystick and aft cameras are installed to ease the mooring in crowded marinas. With 7000L of fuel capacity, Athena enjoys all the autonomy she needs.


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Dubai International Boat Show delivers action and adventure


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Thrills galore: Extreme water sports, power boats and high-tech submarines on show at event, taking place until March 3rd.

Fun-seekers are experiencing thrills this week at the Dubai International Boat Show, currently taking place at its temporary home at the mouth of the Dubai Canal near Dubai Ladies Club until March 3rd, with adrenaline-pumping action on show both above and in the water.

The 26th edition of the show includes some of the most extreme water sports and exciting toys on offer from leading international and locally-based companies.

Appearing alongside a fleet of luxurious superyachts at the mouth of Dubai Canal, are the latest jetskis, flyboards, speedboats and a collaboration between a submarine maker and a world-famous supercar marque.

Bitcoins for boats; ‘flying’ yachts

Cryptocurrency is making its debut at the Dubai International Boat Show, with Burgess Yachts accepting payment in Bitcoin for its 37-metre Nordic Star, built by Italian company CRM. This classic yacht has played host to some of the greatest celebrities including Frank Sinatra during its time.

UAE company Enata is unveiling its new Foiler boat. Built in the Emirates, the yacht ‘flies’ up to 1.5 metres above the water using hydrofoil technology to create a smooth and exhilarating ride at speeds of up to 40 knots.

Exciting celebrity athletes

Live demonstrations by professional flyboard and water sports athletes are taking place with visitors also taking part in speedboat time trials and sailing experiences.

World champion Dutch flyboard star Bo Krook is performing a host of thrilling stunts and tricks. Krook’s mastery of the flyboard has made him famous in his native Holland and he has been competing in competitions around the world since 2013.

Representing the UAE is Emirati athlete Manea Al Marzooqi who competes for Dubai-based extreme water sports team XDubai. Brought to you by Seabreacher, Al Marzooqi is a popular figure on the region’s flyboard scene and has been taking part in competitions for two years and was the DIMC UAE National Champion. 

Performing daring stunts is World Champion Red Bull Pro athlete slackline walker Alex Mason. The American has taken his sport to new heights, quite literally, by walking across a slackline strung between cliffs outside of Beirut and through the jungles of Hawaii, to name a few of his recent feats.

UAE’s own powerboat racing team

High-octane adventure is high on the agenda this year thanks to Victory Team, the UAE’s premier offshore powerboat racing team, which is displaying some of its super-fast boats.

Not for the faint hearted, these boats can reach a top speed of 220kmph while still being able to manoeuvre around the tightest of courses.

“Powerboat racing is one of the most exhilarating sports for the teams who take part and the spectators who watch the action from dry land,” said Huraiz Almur Bin Huraiz, Chairman of Victory Team, which competes in the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.

“The Dubai International Boat Show is one of the most important events of the year for marine sports in the UAE and Middle East and a great opportunity for new fans to discover powerboat racing and cheer on a world-class Emirati team.

“We are delighted to return for the third year and to showcase the cutting-edge technology used by Victory Team to achieve our victories. And this year we are launching a new racing pleasure craft for the big boys to toy around in.  If you have nerves of steel, this is for you.”

High-tech submersibles

 Elsewhere, Florida-based Triton Submarines is showcasing its yacht-based high-tech manned submersibles.

Designed to offer maximum visibility, simple operation and outstanding safety, Triton’s submarines, which were used in the making of the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 series, are attracting a lot of attention from budding explorers.

“This year Triton will showcase our best-selling model, the 3300/3 MKII submarine, which are currently undertaking trips, scientific research and documentary film missions around the world,” said Patrick Lahey, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Triton Submarines.

“The versatility of our submersibles means the profile of Triton owners range from individuals seeking to dramatically extend their yachting experience with unique adventures, through to organisations conducting oceanographic research.

“Triton supports only a select number of international yacht shows. In this regard the Dubai International Boat Show stands out as the primary show in the region.”

Triton is also showcasing Project Neptune, its collaboration with famed automobile marque Aston Martin.

Project Neptune marries Triton’s diving expertise with Aston Martin’s design and craftsmanship to create a truly unique, three-man submarine made to the highest standards of luxury and sophistication usually reserved for supercars.

Personal watercraft

Offering more in the way of deep sea adventure, German company CAYAGO AG is displaying its SEABOB personal water craft.

Lightweight, powerful, and easy to use, the SEABOB can be used on or below the water, but it truly comes into its own when used as part of a snorkelling, freediving or scuba diving trip with users able to explore the seabed at depths of up to 40 metres with ease.

Thrilling demonstrations

Dubai-based extreme sports company Seabreacher UAE is also thrilling visitors with stunt shows and demonstrations of its most famous water craft, the metal shark-like Seabreacher submarine.

Mohammed Salah, Operations Manager at Seabreacher UAE, said: “This will be our third time exhibiting at the Dubai International Boat Show. It is a great event that allows us to show the new and different water sport equipment that is available.

“This year we will give a live demonstration of what the Seabreacher can do, which we are sure will be very popular with visitors. There will also be a flyboard stunt show that will be lit up by LED-lights in the evening, which will be special to see.

“There is a lot of interest in these kinds of water sports in the UAE among expatriates and Emiratis, and demand is growing all the time. They are exciting to watch and to take part in and we always have lots of people asking where they can buy or rent the equipment.”

Speedboat time trials

Visitors to the Dubai International Boat show can also experience the thrill of speedboat time trial racing with the SeaKart Time Attack Experience.

An experienced SeaKart skipper will give two passengers a ride they won’t forget down the Dubai Canal with the powerful boat twisting and turning around a track of seven buoys as fast as possible.

Each boat’s finishing time is noted to find out who has the fastest lap of the day, and of the show overall.

The 26th Dubai International Boat Show at the Dubai Canal is open to trade visitors and the public from 3pm – 9:30pm daily from February 27th to March 3rd, 2018. Tickets will be available at the gates priced at AED 65 each. Family tickets are available at AED 160 (two adults and two children over 12) while government employees can attend the show for AED 50 per ticket.


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Cloud 9_running shot.jpgFollowing the launch of the new Latona super yacht 50 m, CRN returns to the Middle East as a nautical Bespoke Atelier

CRN, Ferretti Group’s brand specialising in the construction of super and mega yachts, will be taking part in the Dubai International Boat Show 2018, to be held from February 27 to March 3. The Shipyard will be present at the Boat Show with a stand in the SYBAss – Superyacht Avenue area, where the world’s leading superyacht manufacturers will be displaying their products.

Now in its 26th edition, the Boat Show held in the United Arab Emirates is one of the most prestigious international yachting events – an exceptional showcase where CRN will be able to tell about its values and ability to create iconic yachts characterized by a unique design for careful and demanding shipowners.

The presence of the historic Italian brand at the Dubai International Boat Show 2018 confirms the key role the Middle East plays in CRN’s strategy. Indeed, this ever-growing market keeps showing great interest in Made-in-Italy production, allowing CRN to be fully appreciated for its outstanding design skills and unique craftsmanship.

“CRN is participating in the Dubai International Boat Show as one of the leading superyacht builders in the world” – commented Alberto Galassi, CRN’s Chairman and Ferretti Group’s CEO. “We are delighted to be present once more at the most important Boat Show in the Middle East, which, together with Europe, represents one of the most strategic markets for CRN. Our clients who live in this region are among the most sophisticated and attentive Owners in the world – for them, CRN is the ideal partner to develop bespoke yachts, in which every single detail reflects the Owner’s taste and personality”.


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Dubai’s luxury, technology and ultra-modern design blends perfectly with the avant-garde design and innovative aesthetics of Ferretti Group. As a natural consequence the Group will moor his wonderful fleet at the Dubai International Boat Show, one of the most prestigious yachting events of the Middle East, which will be held from the 27th of February until the 3rd of March at the Dubai Canal, Jumeirah.

Five boats will be on display: 88’ Domino Super, Ferretti Yachts 550 and the three “Gulf premières”, Riva 100’ Corsaro, Ferretti Yachts 780 and Pershing 70, all docking for the very first time in the United Arab Emirates

Ferretti Group will participate at the 26th edition of DIBS with an important fleet that will be be presented in a magnificent setting around the floating stand, offering visitors a spectacular panorama of sparkling beauty.

Over 29,000 visitors are expected for the Emirate show, an appointment that is increasingly appreciated by the international jet set and by the demanding owners all over the five continents. It is not to be missed for those who, like Ferretti Group, have chosen to surf a wave ahead of everyone.


Riva 100' Corsaro Gulf Première


The natural heir to previous legendary models and the first model of the new flybridge generation, 100’ Corsaro offers the perfect combination of comfort, performance, style and safety. With majestic dimensions arranged harmoniously with the athleticism of the design, 100’ Corsaro is characterized by a sharp profile, which evokes the shape of an arrow with metallic colors in dark tones and large glass surfaces. The wonderful wide body suite occupies the entire area at the bow of the main deck.


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This flybridge of 24 meters is a perfect blend of comfort, style, seaworthiness and safety. This yacht is the magnificent result of an intelligent evolution, the boat where you wish to be when you dream of a modern and rewarding sailing experience. Its aerodynamic design is manifested in sleek lines and clean shapes, accentuated by the choice to resize the height of the hull’s topsides, to the benefit of the yacht’s overall sporty character.

Pershing 70 Gulf Prèmiere


Pershing 70 surprises for its futuristic and imposing shapes, increasingly dynamic lines, and innovative design solutions. Further enhanced by two large side wings, a real “fighter aircraft” became a vessel, immediately recognizable for aerodynamics, style and performance. Even the interiors are unique, with an unusual layout and distinguished, contrasting design aesthetics that characterize the rooms, both on the main deck and below deck, the kitchen and the three guest cabins.


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The Riva 66’ Ribelle, Custom Line 106’ and Pershing 170 concepts  score a huge success at the “Miami Yacht Show 2018” 

As well as providing the backdrop for the three exclusive America debuts of Riva 56’ Rivale, Ferretti Yachts 920 and Custom Line Navetta 33 (already a winner at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards), the leading US boat show staged on Collins Avenue also crowned the three new projects from Ferretti Group as the top novelties of the 2018 yacht season.

Promising beauty, design and top performance, their names are Riva 66’ Ribelle, Custom Line 106’ and Pershing 170. They were presented to journalists and the trades during the Ferretti Group press conference at the Miami Yacht Show, arousing both interest and curiosity, as well as beginning the countdown until their debut.

It is no coincidence that these three new projects were announced in Miami, a unique city where beauty and the avant-garde are everywhere you look. Riva 66′ Ribelle, Custom Line 106′ and Pershing 170 bear witness to Ferretti Group’s ongoing commitment to innovation and close eye for detail.

The launch of these new concepts also represents further confirmation for Ferretti Group of the effectiveness of its commercial strategy and the value of a business plan that has seen the launch of 25 new models over the last three years.

Miami and the US market as a whole, where strong growth and numerous negotiations make this a strategic area for the Group, is demonstrated by its Fort Lauderdale headquarters, which manages brand sales and marketing throughout the region.


Riva 66’ Ribelle 

66’ Ribelle is the new model in the Riva fleet and will be making its debut in 2018. A product of collaboration between Officina Italiana Design, the Strategic Product Committee and Ferretti Group Engineering Department, it will be built at the storied Sarnico shipyard. Unprecedented novelties will join the brand’s distinctive features in a boat whose very name demonstrates the desire to break the mold.

Custom Line 106’ 

Custom Line 106’ is the new jewel in the planing series. Following suite with the Custom Line 120’, it is the second model designed by Milan-based naval architect Francesco Paszkowski, working in close collaboration with the Strategic Product Committee and Ferretti Group Engineering Department. Custom Line 106’ is the extraordinary result of a creative Italian approach that transfers the languages and styles expressed by eclectic and complementary design universes to the maritime environment.

Pershing 170 

Pershing 170 will be the brand’s new, high performance flagship and is the result of collaboration between architect Fulvio De Simoni, the Strategic Product Committee and Ferretti Group Engineering Department. The new 170- footer will be built at the Group’s Ancona production facilities, which specializes in the construction of steel and aluminum super and mega yachts over 40 meters. The construction of this new flagship projects Pershing into the new era of cutting edge design and construction introduced with the Pershing 140.


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The Delfino 95’ “Christella II”, the first yacht to be built in the Class displacement product line, has been delivered to its owner. An exterior design featuring flowing lines and extensive glazed surfaces is matched by remarkably spacious and liveable interiors.

At a ceremony held in Viareggio, the owner from the Czech Republic received the Delfino 95’ “Christella II”, a yacht with voluminous interiors and exterior lines designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta.

Benetti General Manager Christos Ramnialis expressed his satisfaction with this new delivery, commenting: “The Delfino 95’ follows on from a series of major successes for Benetti. It is a product that retains the winning features of previous models, adding to them unprecedented innovations and points of view.”

While the defining characteristic of the Delfino 95’ is without doubt its livability, other unusual design features are the transformation of all functional elements into decorative components and an original light design, drawing on the collaboration of UK-based design firm Aqualuce.

The interiors have warm colours and atmospheres: the main variety of wood used is canaletto walnut selected without flaming, interspersed with printed leather panels. The flooring in communal areas is parquet too, while carpet has been chosen for the cabins. The marble used is Eramosa.

The Lower Deck has four double cabins for guests, two with double beds and two with twin beds. Accommodation is provided for five crew members.

The Main Deck features classic shapes and settings. The owner’s cabin, almost 7 meters wide and 3.2 meters long, has a separate wardrobe and a bathroom with a spacious shower cubicle. The main lounge stands out for the two huge glazed surfaces that extend over its entire length, on either side, and the sliding door that connects it with the outdoor space.

The positioning of the entire command station on the top level allows the service area to be concentrated on a single deck, making it more practical for crew members to perform their work and providing more privacy. The Upper Deck contains a rest and relaxation area, a sun lounging area, the helm station and a dining area with opening roof and mood lighting, plus an open air living space in the stern. The Sun Deck, unprecedented on a boat this size, is furnished with two sofas.

The garage can accommodate a tender up to 4.40 meters in length and the yacht is fitted with two 1000hp Man V8 engines, driving it to a top speed of 14.5 knots.



Lunghezza f.t./ Length overall 28,95 m 95 ft
Larghezza max / Beam max 7,00 m 23 ft
Immersione massima / Draft max 1,80 m 5.11 ft
Scafo e Sovrastruttura / Hull and Superstructure Vetroresina e Fibra di Carbonio / GRP and Carbon Fiber
Dislocamento a pieno carico / Full Load Displacement 135 t
Capacità casse combustibile / Fuel tank capacity 20.000 l 4,399 US gals
Capacità cassa acqua / Fresh water capacity 2.500 l 660 US gals
Cabine armatore e ospiti / Owner & Guest cabins 5 cabins for 10 people
Cabine equipaggio / Crew cabins  3 cabins for 5 people
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Dubai top 10 in the world for super yacht production, 5th in the world for maritime competitiveness and attractiveness[1]

Dubai marine tourism booming, will welcome 1 million cruise tourists to by 2021[2]

Dubai International Boat Show set to impress, hosting over 40 global and regional launches at iconic Dubai Canal

 The Dubai International Boat Show will return for its 26th year, with an exciting new location at Dubai Canal, next to Dubai Ladies Club, and just minutes from some of the latest new leisure, shopping and marine developments in Dubai, including City Walk, Box Park and La Mer. This prominent canal-side location in the Jumeirah neighbourhood will be the venue for Dubai International Boat Show from February 27 to March 3, and remain its base until its new home at the Dubai Harbour is completed in 2020.

With an all-new venue comes all-new action with thrilling activities including top American slackline athlete Alex Mason, innovative marine technology and solutions from around the world, and watercraft to fit every lifestyle and budget. Visitors to Dubai International Boat Show will be treated to insanely cool water rides, electric catamarans and sailing trips. The Marine Art Gallery will display pieces from renowned artists from the Czech Republic, KSA and UAE worth over AED 10 million, and the UAE Inspired Pavilion will show a selection of small-to-medium sized boats that proves that boat ownership is affordable and accessible.

This year, the show will see a host of eye-catching yachts, including the one of the largest yachts on the charter market, the 86 metre long Chakra by Scheepswerf Gebr. V, one of the worlds’ most sought after yachts, 72-metre long Serenity from top builder Austal as well as an impressive 43 global and regional launches, from the likes of Ferretti Yachts, Riva, and Pirelli.

The three trillions dollar ocean

With the global ocean industry value-add to hit 3 trillion dollars by 2030, and over a quarter of that value underpinned by marine and coastal tourism[3], the demand for unique ocean adventures is growing. Dubai welcomed 15.8M tourists to the emirate in 2017, and as tourists flock to Dubai from around the world, access to marine activities has never been easier. According to Dubai Cruise Tourism, Dubai will welcome 1 million cruise tourists to by 2021 and the city is well prepared to host water enthusiasts from all parts of the globe.

For resident water enthusiasts, the news is also positive. As berth supply climbs, and projects like the Dubai Harbour, Marinas at Mina Rashid, and the Dubai Canal create new destinations for yacht owners, for the first time in nearly ten years supply of space is on track to meet growing demand[4]. With new berths along Dubai Canal itself, the venue will give seafaring visitors a new, unique view of the city that is now one of the most important maritime hubs in the world.

The show will see 43 global and regional boat launches this year and has attracted 845 companies and brands from 61 nations, including new participating countries Belarus, Djibouti, Indonesia and Scotland.

In terms of the luxury marine sector, the UAE is placed 9th[5] in the world superyachts in production in 2018, with 14 new builds with a combined length of 611 metres being manufactured in the Emirates5. The 2018 edition of Dubai International Boat Show will see over AED 1.5 billion in boats showcased, including the Austal’s stunning 72-metre Serenity and the 50-metre Heesen Rocket. This year, the show will host 20 exquisite superyachts from top builders Sunseeker, Fairline, Riva and more.

“Dubai’s standing as a capital for the global marine industry is reflected in the ongoing success of the Dubai International Boat Show,” said H.E. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, and Senior Advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show.

“Now in its 26th year, the event has continued to grow and develop to embrace all segments of this expansive and important industry that reaches every corner of the world.

“Dubai has a long history of seafaring going back generations to the days when the city the centre for the pearl industry. This connection with the seas remains today, with new harbours, marinas and waterfront developments at the heart of Dubai’s plans for the future.”

Leading companies and brands

The 2018 edition of the Dubai International Boat Show will see members of the Superyacht Builders Association’s (SYBAss), including Baglietto, Benetti, CRN, Fincantieri Yachts, Feadship, Lürssen, Oceanco, Sanlorenzo and Heesen. Twelve new companies will be joining Dubai International Boat Show this year, including Soverign Seas from Greece, Highfield boats from France, Quad Marine from the USA and the UAE’s own Enata.

Innovation has long been the cornerstone of industry in Dubai, and for Dubai International Boat Show, Dubai Maritime City Authority, has announced that it will showcase the latest developments in the maritime sector including Smart Customer, Dubai Maritime Intelligence, Sea Dubai and Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster. Elsewhere, the Italian Trade Agency will bring together 9 specialised marine equipment suppliers and service providers to demonstrate their capacity to develop and innovate state-of-the-art technology solutions.
The largest superyacht project in the Emirates is UAE-based Gulf Craft’s Majesty 175. One of the largest exhibitors at Dubai International Boat Show, the manufacturer of luxury boats and yachts will bring a selection of 13 of its vessels to Dubai International Boat Show 2018.


Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft, said: “The Dubai International Boat Show is an opportunity for UAE-based companies to showcase their products to a global audience and to network with key players from the maritime industry who recognise Dubai, the Emirates and the region as an important market.


“We are proud to have appeared in every edition of this show since it began in 1992. Each year the event grows in international recognition and increases the number of exhibitors and products on show to the public, marine enthusiasts and companies who cater to every segment of the industry.


“The new location on the banks of Dubai’s newest marine landmark helps to reinforce not only Dubai’s but also the show’s standing as a major international event and a must-attend for everyone interested in the yachting market and lifestyle.”


Art Marine, the UAE-based market leader in yacht sales, after sales service, marina management, yacht valet service and marine products will again be exhibiting at Dubai International Boat Show this year. Visitors to Dubai International Boat Show will see three regional launches this year from Art Marine’s top brands Riva, Ferretti and Pershing.


Art Marine’s, CEO, Greg Stinner, said: “The Dubai International Boat Show is the most important annual event and venue for Art Marine, – and ranks highest in our Nautical Agenda. The Dubai Int’l Boat Show offers exhibitors to connect with clients and the press, as well as other business from across the region and beyond, – showcasing their range of new products and models while exchanging new ideas and opportunities. An ideal platform to promote new models and this year around we are launching three new debuts for three major brands of the FERRETTI Group who we represent in five territories. Visitors from the GCC and the MENA Region can for the first time enjoy the all New RIVA Cosaro 100’, the high-performance PERSHING 70’ and no less the brand-new FERRETTI Yacht 780.


“New waterfront developments and a steady increase of new marinas, adding a number of additional berth in new locations, inject new life into the Dubai’s luxury marine industry. With the addition of hundreds of berths, particularly those along the Dubai Water Canal, created new destinations and routes to enjoy the city’s ever expanding skyline, making it more-and-more accessible to boating enthusiasts, – may these have smaller day cruisers and/or those who have larger fly-bridge yachts. The water canal allows yachts up to 6.5-meter air-draft to pass all the beautifully designed bridges and the unique “water fall” which is a “one-of-a-kind” experience.


The Dubai International Boat Show, like the mesmerizing city of Dubai itself, has a global reach that attracts the biggest and best the industry has to offer, – giving us all a perfect stage on which to showcase our products. DIBS 2018 will be held this time in a new location at the entrance of the Dubai Water Canal and we are very excited to make this show one of the most successful ever”.


Also representing the UAE at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show will be Al Shaali Marine. Established in 1979, Al Shaali Marine produces a wide range of luxury flybridge yachts for the domestic and worldwide markets.


Sultan Al Shaali, Member of the Board of Directors, Al Shaali Marine, said: “Al Shaali Marine has a long and proud tradition of boatbuilding here in the UAE.


“From our factory complex in the UAE we are able to build yachts and leisure craft to the exact specifications of clients from all over the world.


“As the leading regional event of its kind, the Dubai International Boat Show plays a pivotal role in putting UAE-based companies such as Al Shaali Marine in the spotlight by helping us to grow our network of clients and partners throughout Europe, North America, Asia and beyond. Al Shaali Marine considers Dubai International Boat Show as the main platform for regional and international launches.


“As Dubai’s maritime industry continues to flourish and grow, Al Shaali Marine is proud to play its part in supporting the development of this important sector and helping to export the UAE’s seafaring heritage to new customers all around the globe.”


Go where you feel free

Offering the complete marine lifestyle experience, the Dubai International Boat Show expertly caters to all sectors of the industry. Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX), which has been running for 11 years, and has been part of the Dubai International Boat Show for the last 10 years, caters to a growing community of seasoned divers as well as newcomers to the sport. Showcasing the latest in diving innovation, DMEX is a must-attend event for all divers in the region.

Top exhibitors AMIT, Al Boom Diving and Divers Down will join the show floor again this year, and newcomers Dolphin Excursions Djibouti, Desert Knight Fishing & Trip Equipment Trade, Alcan International, and Sovereign Djibouti will showcase for the first time.

“DMEX is the ideal platform for us to educate both seasoned divers and the general public how on we can continue to explore and enjoy the UAE’s waters, while protecting and maintaining the marine life for future generations to enjoy,” said the Chairman of Emirates Diving Association, Essa Abdulla Al Ghurair.


Dubai International Boat Show will offer a range of exciting activities that encompass the entire marine lifestyle. Visitors can jump in a racing SeaKart manned with an experienced skipper and try their luck at the SeaKart track. A leaderboard will be in place and every participant will see instantly where they stand compared to the other best times of the day or of the show.


Dubai International Boat Show have also partnered with Nikki Beach who will be hosting a beautiful lounge experience from 3pm until 10pm to Celebrate Life with signature music and entertainment in a plush ambiance. There’s never been a better opportunity to sample a delicious menu filled with flavorful food selected from Nikki Beach locations around the world.


Throughout the venue, visitors can enjoy water sports stunt shows – flyboard, hoverboard is provided by Seabreacher and taster sessions including kitesurfing, sailing, SUP, kayaking are provided by Watercooled, free sailing experiences with Eden Yachting, the DXB paddle race by Seayou, the Build a Boat Challenge by Art Marine, Music Festival by Redbull and more.


Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibition and Events Management of Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Dubai is changing the face of the leisure marine industry with innovative waterfront projects that have elevated our city and shaped our coast into a must-visit destination for the world. Dubai International Boat Show is proud to be a part of a transformation that is only beginning.


“The taste for the marine lifestyle is only growing across the globe, and potential buyers are realising that boat ownership is both affordable and accessible. In fact, 85 percent of our visitors last year attended the event primarily to purchase boats and yachts.


“From the most glamourous yachts in the world, to the most exciting stunts and water sports, to the latest in diving technology, Dubai International Boat Show has grown alongside Dubai, creating a hub to serve the needs of the entire community, end to end.”


Dubai International Boat Show is made possible by the event’s sponsors, including Official Car Sponsor Gargash Enterprises Mercedes-Benz, Supporting Partner Feadship, Supporting Partner Panerai, VIP Lounge Sponsor Sobha Realty, and Official Transport Partner RTA. The event’s move to Dubai Canal has been made possible with the support of key partners DIMC, Meydan, Meraas and RTA – Marine Division and Dubai Maritime City Authority.


Visitors to the show’s temporary location at Dubai Canal will have easy access to free parking while the site also has superb public transport links with water taxi, RTA ferry and bus stations nearby. The central location provides excellent connectivity for visitors coming from all parts of the city. Along with ample parking for visitors who choose to drive to the show, the canal-side site also features great transportation links with bus, metro and water taxi stations all close by, which all means that visiting Dubai International Boat Show has never been easier.


The 26th Dubai International Boat Show at the Dubai Canal is open to trade visitors and the public from 3pm – 9.30pm daily from Feb 27th to March 3rd, 2017. Tickets will be available at the gates priced at AED 65 each.

[1] Menon Economics – Leading Maritime Capitals of the World

[2] Dubai Cruise Tourism

[3] OECD 2016

[4] Art Marine analysis

[5] World Order Book 2018