must-see marine attraction
again, the waves of glamour, luxury and adventure are to hit
Beirut’s shores this May when a lavish array of the latest
designs and innovations of mega and super yachts, and
leisure and sports boats produced by some of the most
renowned international, regional and local producers, line
up at the Marina Joseph Khoury in the Beirut’ suburb of
Dbayyeh to take part at the Beirut International Boat Show
2011, scheduled to take place from 18 – 22 May 2011.
its seventh edition, Beirut International Boat Show 2011
(BBS), will be the largest and most important event of its
kind in the Middle East region, attracting more than 120
companies from many countries around the world including
national pavilions from France, Germany and Holland.
show draws its importance from the unique geographical
position of Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea at the
crossroads between East and west and its 225 KM long of
coast line, the buoyancy of its marine market and popularity
as a tourist destination attracting an increasing number of
tourists who flock to the country to enjoy its moderate
weather and rich offerings and attractions.
Ghannam, the project manager of the Beirut boat Show tells
us what this year’s round of the exhibition is to bring to
marine traders and professionals, and sea enthusiasts.
First, can you tell us what is special about this year’s
edition of the show?
previous years, the 2011 Beirut Boats Show edition is the
must-see marine attraction, offering for boat buyers,
resellers, maritime equipment specialists and enthusiasts
the opportunity to explore the hundreds of yachts and boats
and associated equipment, accessories and services on
display. Again it will also enjoy exciting concurrent
events, including conferences related to the yachting
industry, a fashion show, a media boat party and live music
Building on last year’s success, this year’s show is
expected to break all previous records in all terms; the
exhibition’s space has doubled compared to last year, all of
our last year’s participants confirmed their presence, the
mooring area is full while a very limited space is still
available on the dry exhibiting area.
should the visitors of the show expect this year?
exhibition has something – or many things – to everyone. For
super and mega yachts fans, a lucrative array of the latest
designs and innovations designed to match their luxurious
lifestyle will be on display by some of the top names from
around the world. For leisure and sports boats, and jet skis
lovers, there will be a wide range that suite every
requirement and budget. For sea and beach lovers, it will be
the time to shop their summer wear and beach-sports
equipment and accessories. This in addition to many other
products and services such as components and equipments,
maintenance, finance and insurance services, and much more.
mentioned something about some renowned brands present in
this year’s edition, so whom do we expect to see during this
exhibition puts together some of the leading names from
around the world. Among the renowned brands taking part this
year; Ferretti, princess, Azimut, Sea Ray, Gulf Craft,
Sunseeker, Prestige, Westport, Emocean, Riva, marquis, are
few to mention.
benefits does such an event bring to Lebanon’s economy and
tourism sector in specific?
after year, Beirut Boat proves itself as a vital opportunity
that contributes to Lebanon’s economy in different ways
whether to the tourism sector by attracting a large number
of visitors to Lebanon, or to the Lebanon’s marine industry
as the exhibition is nowadays is well positioned as an
important annual meeting venue on the international marine
calendar of events.
the tourism aspect, it has been drawing an increasing
year-over-year number of participants and visitors from
around the region and many parts of the world, thus,
becoming an important opportunity that enhances public
awareness about Lebanon’s tourist attraction and offerings
as many of the guests visit the country for the first time
and go back to their countries to return back for holidays,
or tell their peers about their unforgettable experience in
does the event contribute in boosting Lebanon’s leisure
Event further positions Lebanon as “The Moor of the
Mediterranean” as more and more luxury yachts owners -
mainly wealthy individuals from all over the Arab countries,
and even Europe - are choosing Lebanon to dock their yachts
all around the year. Lebanon’s moderate weather and water
temperature, rather than cheaper docking and
maintenance costs compared to Europe and neighboring GCC
countries, makes it an ideal choice for them to keep their
yachts here, use it in their short or summer holidays to
enjoy sailing it around the country shores, or even sail it
to European marinas during summer season for those who spend
their summers there.
However, Lebanon is poised to play a bigger role in the
regional marine industry when more and more marinas
developments come into existence. Lebanon’s yachts and boats
trade is already a booming sector with a 20 % average growth
rate year over year.