KUWAIT: The biggest and probably the most grandiose ‘Kuwait Yacht Show’ kicked off yesterday at the Marina Crescent under the patronage of HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah, represented by State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohamed Al- Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah. The value of the vessels in this fourth edition of the show totals more than $100 million.
The show is open daily till Thursday, Feb 4, from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm. “We started the annual yacht show in Kuwait in 2013. Last year, we were able to secure membership of the International Federation of Boat Shows Organizers. They have been very supportive and we have certain requirements and standards that we have to fulfill in order to be certified by the IFBSO, and we delivered that, so we got the membership. The IFBSO is monitoring our work – it is giving us advice, especially on the standards necessary for a boat show.
So you’ll see a biggest difference compared to year,” said Sara Mukadam, head organizer. “It has improved a lot, from registration to the display, and the entire environment is really world-class.” The Kuwait Yacht Show is a high-profile national event, and one that engages all the various entities of Kuwait’s society, from private to public, from companies to individuals, from marine to luxury lifestyle and across to the media sector and more. As such, the yacht show is giving back to Kuwait. The income from all tickets sold will be donated to the Dasman Diabetes Institute. “The ticket is at only KD 1, and you’ll see the boats, from the smallest to the biggest and expensive. There are displays of accessories too and equipment used for the boat,” Mukadam said. According to Mukadam, Kuwait is the best place for such a huge yacht show as its coastline is one of the longest in the GCC with a rich marine history and heritage.
“Kuwaitis are sea lovers. So they spent money on the best boat. They used to visit other countries to get the best boats, but now they are here and it is necessary to help them decide on the best options and variety for their convenience and benefit. We have more than 70 companies participating in the show, and have visitors from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain and UAE,” she said.
Tarek Aleryan, PR Director of the Dasman Diabetes Institute, said, “the institute, which was established by KFAS, believes in combining efforts for the advancement of research, health, science and humanity. We always appreciate when a private entity takes the initiative to get involved in a national cause. We commend the organizers for their efforts and look forward to seeing the yacht show grow year after year.” KYS has grown through the support of the marine sector, the governmental sector and the media. Adel Al-Sumait, Ahmad Al-Ameeri, Thunayan Al-Ghanim, Fahad Al-Ghareeb, Alain Mouarawi, Mohamad Karam, Talal Al-Sabih, Essam Al- Gharabally and many of those who exhibited from the first edition continue to be at the forefront and the backbone of KYS.
By Ben Garcia