Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) 2014 will be double the size of the first show, with more than 30 international exhibitors already confirmed, a huge number of repeat exhibitors and more boats in the water. As well as the marina display, an external area, shipyards, equipment accessories and services, there will also be a new section this year devoted to luxury products and services. These areas will be topped by a unique floating media centre and also one of the most atmospheric VIP areas of all boat shows worldwide.
The second edition of QIBS is to be held this November under the auspices of HE, the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani at Mourjan Marina in Lusail City. The show takes place from 11th to 15th November 2014.
A total of 60 boats will be on display at the Qatar International Boat Show 2014, including world acclaimed brands such as Azimut, Sea Ray, Princess, Ferreti, Riva, Gulf Craft, Sunseeker, Prestige, Itama, AS Marine, San Lorenzo, Benetti, Sunreef, Esen Yachts, Ares, Lagoon, Amer Yachts, Cranchi, Everglades and more.
Architect Fairoz Al Homaidi, business centre director of Lusail Real Estate Development company said, "We are absolutely pleased to once again be partnering with this world-class exhibition. It’s a great honour and we are extremely proud to be hosting Qatar’s International Boat Show for the second consecutive year at Lusail Marina".
The Lusail City development project is one of the largest and most elaborate developments being undertaken around the world, over a substantial area of 38 square kilometers with more than 200,000 residents.
Jan-Wim Dekker, managing director of Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar added, “As a global leader in shipbuilding, with our state-of-the-art facility for building ships in steel, aluminium or glass reinforced plastic up to 170 metres in length, we can see a strong need for Qatar to have its own international show, displaying to the world the capabilities of local enterprises in Qatar and the Gulf at large. QIBS is the ideal vehicle for this and we wish them all success.”
Sponsorship requests for the show have also risen, with strong support being shown from a number of high profile companies and government entities, including: Lusail City, Qatari Diar – the venue for QIBS; Mourjan Marinas IGY – a leading industry provider for marinas and management services; Qatar Airways – which is the official carrier for the show; ‘World of Yachts and Boats’ – the Show’s official magazine; ‘Sur La Terre’ – the Show’s lifestyle partner; and Ulysse Nardin – the official time keeper sponsor.
Wayne Shepherd, general manager of Mourjan Marinas Lusail City commented, “We are delighted to welcome back the Qatar International Boat Show as the official host venue of this showpiece event. Our role is to support the local boating industry and open it up to the wider community. Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, we believe that the Qatar International Boat Show plays a pivotal part in supporting the continued growth of the industry and boating culture in Qatar.”
Ahead of the Qatar International Boat Show, Mourjan Marinas Lusail City is expanding its capacity to allow a further 48 berths in time for the show. Lusail City It is also currently dredging the seabed by an additional 1.5m, which will allow superyachts of up-to 45m in length to enter the basin and take up berthing at the marina. Lastly, refuelling will soon be available at Mourjan Marinas-Lusail City, with a new, state-of-the-art re-fuelling station.
For more information visit Qatar International Boat Show.