Merijn de Waard commented, “Following the success of the 2022 edition, I am excited to announce that the Gulf Superyacht Summit will be returning to Dubai in November 2023. I would like to thank P&O Marinas for once again supporting the event as patron.”
SYT announces dates for the 2023 Gulf Superyacht Summit27th Feb 2023
SuperYacht Times is pleased to announce the dates for the Gulf Superyacht Summit. The two-day event will take place on the 22 and 23 November 2023 in Dubai.
The annual two-day summit informs, assists and advises yachting clients and related interested parties, with the goal to develop the Gulf as a leading winter superyacht destination. First launched in 2018, the Gulf Superyacht Summit was acquired by SuperYacht Times in May 2022.
Some of the industry’s biggest names took to the stage during the event, including Peter Lürssen, CEO and Managing Partner of Lürssen, who delivered the keynote interview alongside Merijn de Waard, Founder and Director of SuperYacht Times. Guido Krass, Founder of SilverYachts and owner of Bold, was also among the long list of speakers at the event, which included speakers from leading companies such as MB92, Sunreef Yachts, Oceanco, Amels, Gulf Craft, Burgess, Camper and Nicholsons, Sanlorenzo and many more.
Hamza Mustafa, COO, P&O Marinas, a DP World company, said: “P&O Marinas is pleased to be the patron of the Gulf Superyacht Summit for the 5th consecutive year. Owing to its growing prominence and influence across the industry, the city of Dubai remains the ideal location to host the summit and leading industry professionals to tackle existing challenges and find innovative solutions.”
Mustafa continued “The superyacht industry is rapidly growing and evolving as a relevant market in the region. More than 12.6% of the world’s superyachts are in the Middle East, and Dubai will continue to play a critical role in catering to these luxury yachts with its state-of-the-art marinas and unmatched tourism opportunities and offerings. We look forward to enabling path-breaking ideas and fostering new partnerships for a sustainable future of the regional yachting industry.”
The confirmed sponsors so far for 2023 are: P&O Marinas, Lürssen, Al Seer Marine, Camper & Nicholsons, MB92, YachtEye, Oceanco, Gulf Craft, Sunreef Yachts, One Melachi and Fichte & Co.
The event and its impressive response are reflective of the Gulf region’s growing importance in the superyacht industry, which is attracting a growing number of the global superyacht fleet. Dubai is currently seeing some of the world’s biggest marina developments and is emerging as a prime superyacht destination. Southwest of Dubai, Abu Dhabi has gained traction for hosting the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Additionally, a growing number of yachts pass through the region en route to further-afield destinations in Asia, such as Seychelles, the Maldives and Indonesia.
The Gulf region is not only gaining a reputation as a superyacht hub, but in the wider sphere. For example, Dubai aspires to become the crypto capital of the world in the coming years. With wealth and interest rapidly growing in this sector of the market, the region is of increasing importance to yacht builders and brokers seeking engagement with new clients.
Attendees to the Gulf Superyacht Summit 2022 were presented with SuperYacht Times’ first Gulf Superyacht Market Report. For this report, our Intelligence team took a deep dive into the superyacht movements in the Arabian Gulf region, as well as the market dynamics in the region. The Gulf Superyacht Market Report is available as a free download.