During this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, from 28 September to 01 October, both Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism and Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, along with various key stakeholders including Al Seer Marine, Dubai Harbour, P&O Marinas, Gulf Craft and key government departments presented a unique united front at the renowned international yachting event, with a combined United Arab Emirates (UAE) stand – PP75.
In addition to establishing a visible presence, with a prominent stand at the show, the UAE team hosted a high level, social meeting with stakeholders, yacht managers, captains, brokers and media at the Yacht Club de Monaco, to present the future of the Gulf and how the region is investing in superyacht hospitality, visitation and infrastructure.
A moment of the press conference ” Super Yachts in the Gulf” held on September 29th at the Monaco Yachts Club
This was reinforced with a major announcement in the same week, by three industry leading partners, Al Seer Marine, P&O Marinas and MB’92, who have formed a partnership to invest and build the first dedicated superyacht refit and service shipyard in the Gulf.
Today, the Gulf provides owners, captains, crew and managers, world class marina infrastructure and unique cruising destinations and incredible luxury hospitality and experiences. However this new shipyard project will give the visiting yachts an opportunity to spend winters in the region and receive world class technical service and shipyard support.
For superyachts that choose to cruise, stay and operate in the United Arab Emirates, they now have the ideal conditions for long term migration. In addition to world class service and infrastructure, the Gulf provides something far more interesting than just five-star berthing and support, and offers unrivalled experiences and opportunities for guests and crew to be entertained at the highest level.
The UAE offers an “always on” experiential calendar, with global golf events like the DP World Tour, the unique Legends Team Cup-ATP Champions Tour, yacht racing with the high-octane Sail GP Dubai, horse racing with the phenomenal Dubai World Cup, and of course, the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. This world leading calendar provides an incredible opportunity for superyachts to migrate from the Eastern Mediterranean into the Gulf, to extend their season and enjoy the region’s exceptional service and hospitality culture.
With both Abu Dhabi and Dubai working closely together, harmonising their coastlines and cruising grounds, the UAE is embarking on an exciting journey to become a superyacht destination of choice, with excellent weather, incredible hospitality and owner and crew support and soon, a new service and refit yard of global standards.
This initiative showcased at the Monaco Yacht Show is a clear demonstration that the UAE and private sector establishments are well aligned and operating from a common platform, and with excellence at the heart of their mission, are ready and well-equipped to host the world’s superyachts.