According to UAE companies, the UAE is the first in the Gulf in the manufacture of boats and luxury yachts, pointing to the presence of important centers for the manufacture of boats in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The companies told Emirates Today on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2019, which was inaugurated by Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Chairman of Wajba Volunteer Society, yesterday evening, that they have manufactured and developed new boats characterized by high speed and efficiency In fuel consumption.
It is currently exporting its production to international and Arab markets, while considering the possibility of launching hybrid and electric boats in the future.
Khalifa Al Muhairi, Founder and Chairman of G Marine, said that the UAE is the first in the GCC to manufacture luxury boats and yachts, pointing to the presence of important centers for the manufacture of luxury boats and yachts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular.
He added that UAE companies have succeeded in consolidating their position and raising the level of the yacht industry to a high degree of quality in response to customer demands, pointing out that the competition is strong among the UAE companies in the market.
He said that the company started this year manufacturing new boats, and presented at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, two models of boats made using fiberglass material, adding that it will begin production of the boats on a commercial scale next year.
Al Muhairi said the company has a plan to expand outside the UAE and enter the GCC and US markets early next year.
Ali Ghanim Abdullah Al Falasi, Chairman of Al Falasi Marine, agreed with Al Muhairi that the UAE is the first in the Gulf to manufacture luxury boats and yachts.
He said that the company has developed new boats during the current year, and put models of them during the Boat Show, explaining that the new boats include a bottom listed for the first time, which increases the speed by between 10 to 15%, and raises fuel efficiency.
Falasi pointed out that the company is considering the possibility of launching hybrid and electric boats in the future, where there is a remarkable demand.
He added that the company is currently exporting to the markets of Kuwait and Oman, while soon planning to export to Lebanon and some other Arab markets.
Hamad Bin Abed, General Manager of High Pot Company, said that the company has developed many of its boats during the current year, and introduced several models during the current session of the exhibition, pointing out that the developed boats are characterized by faster and more able to cope with heavy waves .
He added that the company currently exports to Spain and Portugal, while considering expansion in several countries, led by the Egyptian market.
Chakib Bouayad, CEO of the Emirates Consortium, has revealed that its subsidiary Galbut will add hybrid and electric boats to its fleet before the end of 2019.
He pointed out that the company has expanded abroad in the year to carry out marine activities, where it began operating water transport activities in the Maldives, noting that the company will add to its fleet in the Maldives next month a solar powered boat to serve water transport activities.
Carter & White founder Marwan Al Serkal said that the company specializes in the manufacture of various supplies used in boats and luxury yachts through external partnerships such as furniture, clothing, bed sheets and others, pointing to the great demand for these products from yacht management companies And luxury ships in the state.
He added that the company exports its production to France, Italy, Singapore and Kuwait, pointing out that the company's products are manufactured from Egyptian luxury cotton in Italy.
Al Serkal stressed the importance of supporting national products and encouraging them to grow and expand, stressing that the UAE products enjoy high quality, which enables them to compete with international products.
The CEO of the Emirates Consortium, Chakib Bouayad, said that water transport activities across Abu Dhabi's water bodies have a great future once the strong infrastructure of these activities is completed, especially in terms of legislation, road planning, waterways and boat waiting areas.