Dubai has a rich maritime heritage and over the years has created an extensive ecosystem and a sophisticated hub to nurture some of the greatest boat designers and manufacturers in the world.
2023 Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) is welcoming 30,000 visitors to the Dubai Waterfront from March 1-5th.
Dubai International Boat Show is getting ready to welcome more than 30,000 visitors to the seafront district Dubai Harbour, when the region’s largest, and most established marine and lifestyle event in the Middle East will get underway from 1-5 March.
More than 175 yachts and watercraft from globally renowned shipyards such as Azimut, Ferretti, Gulf Craft, Princess, San Lorenzo, Sunreef, and Sunseeker Gulf will sail into the shores of Dubai to put on an incredible display over the five days of the show’s 29th edition.
With more than 12% of the world’s superyachts in the MENA region, it’s no surprise that Dubai has become one the top-10 nautical hubs of the world within the marine industry – home to several world-class waterfront property developments and many exquisite marinas. Such infrastructure has made DIBS the perfect platform for the more than 1,000 global brands to showcase their wares and launch their latest innovations this year.
Alongside over 50 global and regional launches to be announced at the show, DIBS23 will feature a stunning lineup of yachts, with more than 10 new brands on display including Abeking & Rasmussen, Boutique Yachts, Finnmaster, Greenline Yachts, Nordhavn, SAY Carbon Yachts, Sirena Yachts, and Tecnomar. And that’s not all – for those that enjoy life on the waves and who are looking for a luxury vessel for their next adventure; due to be unveiled at the 2023 edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, is Gulfcraft’s the Majesty 111 – described as ‘anything but an average superyacht’ and will set a design precedent, offering more than ever before in terms of its design, engineering, architecture, and technical features.
Ocean lovers can also explore the ocean with Sunseeker Gulf at its debut as the new regional distributor of Sunseeker Yachts across the GCC; known for exceptional yacht designs and innovative technology, Sunseeker Gulf is poised to impress everyone with its latest offerings.
Explore the latest technology and design within the Equipment, Supplies and Services area, where there is plenty to discover; Elcome, will introduce the Starlink internet connection service, the revolutionary high speed service from Space X, available worldwide, which enables boat owners to connect from the most remote waters across the world to enhance experience and productivity.
On the water make sure to stop by Silent-Yachts, the premier ocean-going production yachts in the world which are powered solely by clean energy, with solar panels and batteries feeding electric motors, which will be showcasing a partnership with EV Labs and demonstrating sustainable energy at sea to recharge boats entirely through the sun’s rays.
Premiering in Dubai, and hosted at DIBS, is the world’s second edition of the Experiential Yachting Forum from 2 to 3 March, bringing investors into the yachting world and exploring alternative uses of superyachts.
In the year of sustainability and in the approach to COP28 DIBS pushes forward with their sustainability promise and 2023 will see the launch of the DIBS S.E.A. (Sustainable Environmental Action) Mission to support Dubai’s marine life. The show features a programme of initiatives to promote sustainability of our oceans – combining community, creativity, and a love for the marine world. Event partners include Dubai Can, Dubai Harbour, trust your Water, GEMS Schools, Ethical Yacht Wear, and the Arabian Ocean Rowing Team, who in January completed the record-breaking Atlantic Row Mission, raising awareness about ocean pollution – look out for the S.E.A logo around the show for more sustainable initiatives and exhibitors.
The Dubai International Boat Show is about bringing the community together, because everyone’s world is around the ocean, so even those who like to keep their feet dry should call in for some family fun.
The Leisure Marine Authority, which aims to increase recreational boat ownership in the region, will be at DIBS to give a series of informal coffee talks on budget boat owning, safe and sustainable use of water crafts, and more.
SAY Carbon Yachts
SAY Carbon Yachts is the sustainably advanced manufacturer of carbon luxury day boats, engineered and manufactured in Germany. Say Carbon Yachts’ product range comprises the SAY 29, the Say 42 and launching later this year, the SAY 52.
All SAY yachts offer high performance yachting with low emissions and 50% less fuel consumption compared to its peer group. The yachts are based on a light weight carbon monocoque structure, which decreases the total weight by more than half and achieves outstanding acceleration rates and incredible maneuverability.
The iconic designs and eye-catching hull lines create a distinctive appearance which complements these ‘supercars on water.’
To guarantee highest standards of quality the company keeps as much as possible in-house. From Engineering, to construction of hull & deck, painting and assembly – SAY Carbon yachts takes pride in mastering every step of the way in their very own production line. In recent years SAY Carbon Yachts has managed to advance from Newcomer to an international, well established manufacturer for luxury motor boats.
The man behind the shipyard is Karl Wagner, one of the most experienced carbon specialists in Europe. His previous company Carbo Tech was was one of the largest producers of Carbon Fiber Reinforced components for the automotive industry with clients such as Aston Martin, McLaren and Porsche. Karl has worked with major names in the racing industry, including Formula 1 and light weight, high performance vehicles / vessels are in his DNA.
Solar-powered catamaran “NOVA” by Tridnet
Manufacturers like Trident fully believe in a sustainable solution to the future of the marine industry across the board.
“When we were introduced to project Nova our passion and joint beliefs aligned to support this project. We specialises in the construction of small commercial vessels and we know the need for better more sustainable solutions.”
Crossing the Pacific and Indian Oceans aboard the solar-powered catamaran «NOVA»
Between 2023 and 2024 Fedor Konyuknov plans to attempt the first solo crossing of the Pacific and Indian Oceans aboard a solar-powered catamaran NOVA. Part of project NOVA is the construction of an 11m ocean-class catamaran equipped with electric motors and heterojunction type solar modules.
The first stage, taking place in 2023, will see Fedor cross the Pacific Ocean along this route from continent to continent: Chile (Valparaiso) – Australia (Brisbane), with a distance of around 9,000 miles and taking up to 3 months.
The second stage taking place in 2024 from Australia (Brisbane) across Indian ocean to Dubai (UAE). It will take skipper around 2 months to cover the distance of 5 000 miles.
The unique catamaran is being designed by British designer Phil Morrison, who has previously designed all three of Fedor Konyukhov’s ocean rowboats (the “Uralaz”, “Turgoyak”, and “Akros”). Measuring devices will be installed aboard the NOVA catamaran, in order to monitor the work of the solar modules and on-board batteries.
During ocean crossings, Fedor Konyukhov will run ecological observations of the ocean surfaces on a daily basis observing the presence of plastic waste in the ocean. The catamaran equipped with filtration system to collect micro plastic debris on daily basis for later study on shore by specialist from major oceanographic institutes.
The catamaran’s the only power source are 66 m2 of solar panels with capacity to generate 37-kilowatt hours (kWh) per day.
The total surface area of the solar modules, horizontally laid on deck, is 51.2 m2 with a peak output of 9 kilowatts and the average capacity to generate 37-kilowatt hours (kWh) per day.
The surface area of the solar modules installed on the hulls is 15 m2. This additional surface allows for an extra yield of 4 kilowatts per hour per day.
The daily energy consumption of two electric motors is 36 kilowatts per hour, with a maximum engine power of 3 kilowatts and battery capacity of 60 kilowatts. This is enough for the motors to operate continuously for 48 hours, which will alleviate the negative impact of cloudy weather and cloud cover.
The main power plant consists of two Lynch electric motors with a maximum power of 3 kW, which operate on drives with fully immersed fixed -pitch screws (props).
The boat average speed is 5-7knots.
NOVA solar powered catamaran is a prototype vessel for next goal – to built 100 ft (30 meters) solar powered catamaran for Round the world non-stop sailing in 80 days.