The International Superyacht Summit is coming to Dubai this year from 8-9th December 2021. It’s an important event for the superyacht industry, but what does it involve, and what happens there? Read on to find out everything there is to know about the event.

What is the International Superyacht Summit?

The International Superyacht Summit, which started in 2018 was initially dedicated to the development of the UAE as a preferred winter destination for superyachts.

However, organisers are now looking to cast a wider net and address other global topics by introducing two new themes: The first theme addresses how superyacht marina developments empower lifestyle and tourism. Also, it looks to discuss the role of the upscale yachting industry in new and consolidated tourist destinations. The second theme concerns emerging trends in superyacht ownership.

It asks how builders can cater to the needs of a younger generation of owners and charterers. This trend brings an increased awareness of environmental issues and a generation of buyers who will not accept unsustainable practices.

Where is it taking place?

This year, the Summit is taking place on the prestigious Queen Elizabeth 2, in Mina Rashid Marina in Dubai. The Queen Elizabeth 2 reopened its doors in April 2018 as one of Dubai’s most iconic hotels. She has a rich history spanning more than 50 years and is saturated with British heritage. Today, she continues her legacy as a 13-deck hotel, dining, entertainment and events destination.

What happens at the event?

The summit, which is primarily a place for networking and making connections, includes many conferences and presentations. Top industry figures such as Farouk Nefzi of Feadship and Jan Timmerman of Royal Huisman will be of those speaking. A host of topics will facilitate thought-provoking ideas and discussions. Topics such as ‘building the perfect superyacht destination’, and ‘next-generation customer experience’ are on the agenda.

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