A sustainable future: Highlights from the successful 2023 Dubai International Boat Show
CharterWorld was delighted to be a partner for this year’s prestigious Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) which was held at the Dubai Harbour marina from 1st – 5th March, 2023.
The sun was shining as thousands of visitors gathered for the spectacular showcase of international yachting with events aimed at industry professionals, investors and luxury yacht enthusiasts alike. The atmosphere, entertainment and most of all the stunning yachts did not disappoint. Here we bring you news of a few of the latest yacht designs that were unveiled at the event with an emphasis on innovative, sustainable design and construction.
131m (43’) super yacht AEOLUS from Oceanco
Oceanco revealed their newest super yacht AEOLUS, named after the Greek god of the wind, as part of the Oceanco NXT initiative; their commitment to aligning the future of yachting with the sustainability and preservation of the oceans.
Oceanco’s CEO Marcel Onkenhout commented “To build the yachts of tomorrow, we need to leave behind the preconceptions of yesterday. With Aeolus, I think we have achieved that.”
Her interior introduce fully sustainable and traceable materials while maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship and luxury.
“We work with some of the world’s most innovative artisans in biomaterials and sustainable development such as Desserto, a premium vegan leather alternative that is made from climate-positive cactus plants and Oliveri Homes, which exclusively works with Global Organic Textile Standard cottons and uses non-toxic processes and dyes to create its materials,” said Njord interior design co-founder Sarah Colbon.
New Sinot BEACH range: Three 77m+ yachts
Three new concept yachts from Sinot Yacht Architecture and Design present as a 77m, 88m and 99m model who all share a common aesthetic, vertical bow, four decks and terraced beach club with glass fronted pool.
“We named our new design concept BEACH, reflecting the clear connection with outdoor living and the idea of being close to the water in perfect harmony with the aquatic environment,” explained designer Sander Sinot
The interiors have subtle seafaring references, with sandy tones, driftwood inspired furnishings and hints of nautical blue. The layouts are flexible and can be customised to the owner’s specifications, but the overall architecture is open plan with vast windows to allow light to flood the spaces.
Sanlorenzo shows its most acclaimed model, the SX88 crossover
As with many yacht designers and builders, Sanlorenzo has aligned its future vision and values with sustainability and innovation. With this in mind, they have developed the SX88 crossover as part of their ‘Road to 2030’ strategy which aims to deliver ambitious sustainability goals over the next decade while partnering with some of the world’s energy sector big hitters.
In revealing their future plans at yacht shows, these yacht builders, have demonstrated the industry’s clear commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency & diversity and environmental protection. The requirement for transparent processes and practices continues to put the yacht industry in the spotlight like never before, so we applaud the progress and hope to see these innovative yachts in production soon.
Back to the show and The Experiential Yachting Forum, held at the Port of Call stage, also focussed on innovation in the industry from a slightly different standpoint, posing the question of potential alternative uses for superyachts, as well as how to bring diverse investment into the industry.
Away from the serious business, there was also lots of fun to be had including watersports and diving demonstrations, fishing competitions, art galleries and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. On board a super yacht guests are likely to be just as thrilled by the water toys as they are by their host yacht, so the show of jet ski and e-foil acrobatics drew big crowds as the riders demonstrated their skills with the latest models and gadgets.
Live music, delicious food and flowing drinks added to the overall atmosphere as the sun set on this unique city and this year’s Boat Show.