Australia at DIBS

Some of Australia’s strongest marine exports were showcased during the 2024 Dubai International Boat Show, courtesy of a delegation led by Australian Superyachts and AIMEX.

11 March 2024


The Dubai International Boat Show has recently concluded its 30th edition, welcoming a total of 400 new brands and companies along with exhibitors from more than 55 countries, including first-time exhibitor nations Austria, Finland, Sweden and the Republic of Korea.

The show, one of the most prestigious boat shows in the Middle East, hosted a showcase of Australian craftsmanship during its run from February 28 to March 3 at Dubai Harbour.

Brands representing the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia offered an array of products and services, including Anchors & Dove, Australian Superyachts, Dockpro, East Coast Marine Centre, Echo Yachts, GME, Maritimo, Nautical Solutions, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, and Savwinch.

The Dubai International Boat Show provided a platform for these Australian firms to exhibit their expertise, reinforcing Australia’s strengths as a global player in the marine industry.


AIMEX is the peak body for the marine export industry, developing and promoting Australia’s international competitiveness in the marine sector. Superyacht Australia focuses on boosting Australia’s international competitiveness as a destination for the global superyacht fleet.

Visitors to the event had the opportunity to explore and experience these Australian-made products and services firsthand, along with some valuable networking opportunities.

David Good, CEO of AIMEX, reveals that Australia and the United Arab Emirates are currently negotiating a bilateral free trade (comprehensive economic partnership) agreement.

“Australian marine exporters are poised to benefit [from this agreement] with the growth in the marine industry and the reputation Australian manufacturers have in the region,” says Good.

“The Dubai International Boat Show provided our exporters the perfect platform to take advantage of these increased opportunities”

The Australian delegation’s experience of the Dubai International Boat Show included a preshow factory tour of Gulf Craft, providing an insight into the design and construction techniques utilised by the superyacht manufacturers

Richard Morris, Australian Superyachts MD and Australia’s Gulf Craft supplier, led the tour, specifically focusing on Gulf Craft’s supply chain and how Australian manufacturers are an integral part of this.

“I was very pleased to again host a visit to the Gulf Craft factory for all the Australian exhibitors attending the Dubai International Boat Show,” says Morris.

“Australia is now the biggest emerging market for Majesty and Nomad Yachts, especially due to Gulf Craft’s core expertise in building AMSA Domestic Commercial Vessel (DCV) certified superyachts.

“Additionally, many suppliers of Gulf Craft new build components are Australian, and there is plenty of opportunity for more Australian companies to be considered as well. The new Australia-UAE comprehensive economic partnership agreement will facilitate this even further.”



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