The Dubai International Boat Show 2023 which held on the 1st – 5th March 2023 set a new standard for boating shows globally. The 29th International Show which took place in Dubai Harbor, showcased the consumer trends that have set new standards for the boating industry, revealing some exciting industry trends that reflect the changing preferences and expectations of the sector in 2023 and beyond. The event featured AED 2.5 billion worth of boats and yachts on display, with over 1,000 companies and brands from 60 countries, attracting visitors to explore a diverse range of boats, from small dinghies to luxurious superyachts, along with the latest maritime accessories and technologies.
On the first day of the Dubai International Boat Show, Oceanco revealed a revolutionary yacht design: Aeolus. Fully aligned with Oceanco’s NXT initiative, Aeolus is not only in tune with evolving perspectives on the environment but also with evolving lifestyle trends. This stunning yacht boasts a unique exterior design from Giles Taylor, renowned for his work with Rolls-Royce, complemented by interior design from Njord by Bergman Design House, known for its bespoke approach to luxury living. Aeolus heralds a new era for dwellings on water, demonstrating that the future of sustainable living is both beautiful and stylish, using not only cutting-edge technology but also sustainable materials.
With its clean lines and graceful curves, Aeolus is a true masterpiece that showcases the perfect blend of form and function. This 345-foot yacht is not only a symbol of luxury but also of innovation, offering a glimpse into the future of sustainable yacht design.
With Aeolus, Oceanco has set a new benchmark for luxury yachts, proving that sustainable living can be both chic and sophisticated. The design is a testimony to the company’s commitment to advancing the yacht building industry by incorporating the latest in sustainable materials and design, setting the bar high for other yacht builders to follow suit.
The Dubai International Boat Show 2023 reflected the industry’s transformation, with a fresh wave of new buyers, on average 15 years younger than they were 20 years ago, less likely to come from boat-owning families.
Innovation was another trend that dominated the event, with companies showcasing their latest advancements in technology. Several companies closed multiple deals, such as Sanlorenzo Yachts, which closed three deals for a total value of AED 390 million (EUR100 million). Gulf Craft reported a record number of visitors to its stand every day, with five more deals still under discussion. The event also highlighted innovations and features that promote sustainable yachting, with a growing demand for eco-friendly yachts.
Furthermore, the show exhibited the increasing trend towards alternative energy sources in the boating industry, with electric and hybrid boats from companies including Trident Marine Services and Silent Yachts. The event was a grand success that set a new benchmark for boating shows worldwide.