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News: 2nd Abu Dhabi Yacht Show Moves To Yas Marina

December 17, 2009 by Superyacht News
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In a recent press release it has been announced that the 2nd edition of the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (ADYS), the Middle East’s only annual exhibition devoted to the superyacht and megayacht sectors, is to be staged at the spectacular Yas Marina, which was the glittering backdrop to this year’s inaugural Formula 1™Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

With only few months remaining until the second Abu Dhabi Yacht Show, news that this elite event will move to the magnificent Yas Marina, on Yas Island, will allow showcasing of the truly world-class leisure marine infrastructure developed by emirate. Ideally suited to accommodate super and mega yachts, Yas Marina likewise boasts striking aesthetics, first rate support services and a luxurious cosmopolitan vibe surrounding the bigger Yas Island. Yas Island is an apt host for the show as it will eventually house multiple marinas.

The move to Yas Marina, which has deep berthing facilities and significant available berthing slots, was prompted by a need for a vastly expanded dockside venue that can accommodate a bigger edition of the ADYS. Moreover, the Luxury yacht owners who came to watch the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix recently could attest to the world-class berthing facilities of Yas Marina; and thus it is also expected that the first-time exhibitors and guests will also be impressed. The organizers also believe that the new venue is more than adequately equipped to cope with the increased number of exhibitors and yacht entries for the 2010 show, which will take place from February 25-27. In addition, having considerably enhanced the show’s programme, the organizers believe that Yas Marina’s first-class amenities and facilities will create an inspirational atmosphere to promote meetings, negotiations and overall interaction between exhibition guests, exhibitors, visitors and potential buyers.

ADYS 2010 is expected to further cement Abu Dhabi’s burgeoning reputation as a world-class yachting destination. Also, many around the world are now familiar with Yas Marina from the breathtaking television shots and stills photography which circulated globally during the highly successful inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The images of fabulous yachts, from which owners, charterers and their guests enjoyed the race action, left lasting, and emphatic impressions and did much to assist the emirate’s SuperYacht hub aspirations. The fleet of the world’s best SuperYachts expected to attend the yacht show will no doubt realize an equally inspiring vista and again provide a visual image of an international maritime destination in the making.

Yas Island is one of the most highly-prized projects within the portfolio of Aldar Properties, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading developers. Located strategically off the city of Abu Dhabi, Yas Island is within driving distance of the capital and nearby Dubai, and will feature numerous leisure and recreation attractions, such as a racing circuit, signature hotels, theme parks, marinas, and a golf course, among other world-class facilities. Covering 115,000 square metres, Yas Marina has 143 berths and can house vessels from 15 metres to 75 metres. Even larger boats – those upwards of 130metres – can be berthed in facilities alongside Yas Yacht Club, outside the Marina.

Yas Marina welcomed its first vessel – the Royal Yacht, MY Rabdan – in October, which dropped anchor a few weeks prior to the first Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The marina hosted an impressive flotilla of superyachts at the start of November during the motor racing extravaganza and received an exceptionally positive response to its outstanding facilities.

This year, the show’s layout has also been modified to ensure all exhibitors to have a waterfront presence, a format that will put the spotlight even more on the true stars of the show – the stunning super and megayachts that will be anchored at Yas Marina exclusively for the event

The Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (ADYS) is a show with a specific focus on superyachts and megayachts. With this unique, first-to-market formula, the ADYS sets a new standard in the world of yachting industry events and provide a world-class superyacht and megayacht show distinguishing it from other yacht and boat shows across the globe.

The inaugural show in March 2009 opened to an enthusiastic reception and went onto impress exhibitors, industry experts, press and visitors alike over a course of three days. By general consensus, it provided a wealth of first-class business opportunities and catered to the highest industry requirements for quality, exclusivity and style. ADYS 2009 saw sales of vessels in excess of US$100 million (AED 370 million), confirming the growing importance of Abu Dhabi as a leading superyacht and megayacht destination, and establishing ADYS as the premiere event in the Middle East region for viewing the world’s largest and most exclusive private yachts.

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