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Dubai show exhibitors report sales gains

The 23rd Dubai International Boat Show is reporting increased interest in boats of all kinds.

United Arab Emirates-based Al Shaali Marine said it expected to sell at least three superyachts and seven medium-size boats at the show, which ended Saturday.

“Not only are we expecting to sell superyachts and boats, but we’ve also inked three dealership agreements — one regionally and two in Europe — to supply our high-quality, UAE-manufactured luxury yachts to even more buyers,” Al Shaali Group CEO Sultan Al Shaali told Gulf News.

ART Marine reported the sale of the luxury Italian-made Fiart 47, which is worth 3.2 million dirhams, or about $871,328.

San Lorenzo Middle East, represented by ACE Marine, confirmed the sale of its 26.45-meter SL 86, worth 5.6 million euros — nearly $6.09 million — in the first three days of the show, with serious prospects expected to convert to sales in coming days.

Gulf News reported that regional specialist Delma Marine has recorded total sales of 12 million dirhams, or $3.27 million, across its unique Mercury engines, amphibious Quadski and Boston Whaler line of sportboats, including a Cabo yacht.

Returning exhibitor MTM Powersports, a distributor of Sea-Doo watercraft and Can-Am vehicles in the region, has sold more than 12 Sea-Doos, as well as two of the only Middle East-built jetboats, with total sales currently about 840,000 dirhams, or $228,723, according to commercial manager Bassem Wazafi.

“Watersports are becoming more and more popular in the region, and we’ve seen this reflected in the sales of jet skis and jetboats every year,” Wazafi said.

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