Your Burgess guide to Dubai International Boat Show 2024

Published 01 March 2024

The Dubai International Boat Show 2024 celebrates all things UAE relating to the superyacht lifestyle. Providing fine food, great networking for captains, owners and guests at the show’s marine VIP lounge, business innovations and leading yacht gadgets. It’s an indispensable event on the yachting calendar - and you can meet the Burgess team there...

When is the Dubai International Boat Show?

This year Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) takes place on 28 February to 3 March at Dubai Harbour in the United Arab Emirates. It coincides with the Middle East Yachting Conference, which gathers more than 100 industry leaders from across the globe to discuss design, sustainability and regulatory updates.

DIBS is the United Arab Emirates’ largest and most prestigious marine and luxury lifestyle experience. It showcases some of the best yachts from international builders and brokerage houses, as well as the latest in watersports entertainment, from tenders to flyboards.

Meet Burgess at DIBS 1-5 March 2023
Meet Burgess at DIBS 28 February to 3 March 2024

Where is the Dubai International Boat Show?

Dubai Harbour is UAE’s new purpose built seafront district, providing maritime luxuries with a side-helping of cosmopolitan life. Home to the largest marina in the region, Dubai Harbour and the surrounding district aims to rekindle Dubai’s deep and historical connection with the Arabian Sea, positioning the city as a leading global hub for maritime tourism and providing fascinating ways to explore Dubai by water.

Distinctive red carpets mark out the walkways at DIBS
Distinctive red carpets mark out the walkways at DIBS

Planning your trip to DIBS

A collection of renowned industry leaders is set to provide keynote talks throughout the five-day event, including Burgess’ Business Development Manager, Anastazja Kociolkowska. With over 400 boats set to exhibit – and with the Middle East now home to 12.6 percent of the world’s yachts – booking a tour on board your top selection of yachts is a must.


The MENA region hosts the second highest superyacht fleet to billionaire ratio, a statistic made evident by the AED 1.5bn total value of boats set to be on display at DIBS.

Over 400 yachts are set to exhibit at DIBS 2023
Over 400 yachts are set to exhibit at DIBS 2024


The Supercar Avenue at DIBS brings some of the world’s rarest super cars to the fore in an exclusive collection of exhibits. It offers an unusual opportunity to get up close to the automobiles of your dreams, as well as the chance to potentially spot a few big names in racing. 


The Dive MENA and Dive Pool unites world-famous professional divers, explorers and underwater photographers to learn about new techniques, technologies and experiences when cruising the big blue. Visitors can take part in dives, underwater games and even try their hand at free diving, as well as hear diving heroes speak about their own encounters.

Trade shows

Spanning two days on 28 and 29 February 2024, the second edition of the GCC Smart Yachting Days 2024 held at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, coinciding with the DIBS. Bringing together professionals from the marina and yachting spheres to explore sustainable approaches for the industry in GCC countries. 

This edition focuses on How can we make the GCC the most attractive, future-proofed marina and coastal real estate investment opportunity? Expect discussion topics to include circular economy strategies, investing in innovations for sustainable yachting, and sustainable practices in marina development.  

Our own Business Development Manager in Dubai, Anastazja Kociolkowska will be speaking at the GCC Smart Yachting Days on sustainability and ESG

'Elevating human potential through yachting' is the theme of the Experiential Yachting Forum 2023
Future-proofed marina and coastal real estate in the GCC is the theme of the GCC Smart Yachting Days 2024

Middle East Yachting Conference  

Taking place at the Mandarin Oriental, Jumeira, on 27 February 2024, the Middle East Yachting Conference is a one-day event designed to discuss rapid changes in yachting. It promises to bring impactful insights and diverse perspectives, driving change to grow and define the future of the global yachting and marine industry.

Our own Managing Director in Dubai, Jonathan Hind will be speaking at the conference on the Metamorphosis of the ultra high net worth mindset: Changing with the times.

Captains Night

This event celebrates the vital roles of captains and crews in the maritime community. It is an evening of celebration, and an essential networking event for industry leaders and maritime professionals. Held on 29 February 2024.


The dining experience at DIBS is as elite as the event itself. You will be delighted with exciting flavours, avant garde menus and mouthwatering dishes, set to music from top DJs and paired with wines and signature cocktails. 

The Emirates Golf Club has two legendary courses designed by Sir Nick Faldo
The Emirates Golf Club has two legendary courses designed by Sir Nick Faldo

Unmissable experiences to enjoy in Dubai 

Stroll along The Walk

The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is a popular waterfront promenade. Stretching along the stunning coastline of the Arabian Gulf, The Walk is a bustling outdoor destination that offers a unique blend of shopping, dining, entertainment, and leisure activities. 

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll with views of the sea, join in various watersports, or simply relax on the sandy beaches. The Walk at JBR is known for its ambiance, making it a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike to unwind and experience the dynamic lifestyle of Dubai.

Visit Bluewaters Island 

A man-made island located off the coast of JBR in Dubai, renowned for its iconic Ain Dubai, one of the world's largest observation wheels. The island features high-end hotels, and a diverse range of dining and shopping experiences. 

Play a round at the Emirates Golf Club 

The prestigious Emirates Golf Club was established in 1988, holding the distinction of being the first all-grass championship golf course in the Middle East. The club houses two internationally acclaimed courses: the Majlis Course, designed by Karl Litten and the Faldo Course, designed by golf legend Sir Nick Faldo. 

The Majlis Course, is a challenging round with stunning views of the Dubai Marina skyline, making it a favourite among gold enthusiasts. The Faldo Course provides a unique golfing experience with its strategic design, hosting several professional tournaments. 

Enjoy a deluxe fishing charter 

Embarking on a deluxe fishing charter in Dubai promises an unforgettable experience for anglers seeking high-adrenalin fishing opportunities. Dubai is well known for its deep-sea fishing, and a Burgess charter enhances the adventure with added comfort and seven-star service. 

Dubai stands where the desert meets the sea
Dubai stands where the desert meets the sea

Experience DIBS with Burgess

Few yacht shows take place on the edge of the desert. DIBS enables visitors to embrace the call of the sea at an exquisite waterfront destination nestled between the city’s most-loved landmarks, from the iconic Burj Al Arab to the bustling Dubai Creek.

Meet us at DIBS

Discover more about the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) and yachts being shown with Burgess. Get in touch with our brokers to book a tour of the yachts on display, discuss your investment, or any part of the Burgess 360 superyacht service.

To find out more about Burgess’ yachts for sale and yachts for charter, please contact a Burgess broker. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our offices directly: London, Monaco, New York, Miami, Singapore or all other locations.

Yachts, prices and availability are correct at the time of publication.

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