Italy is Making Waves at the Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai, UAE, 27 February 2019: Yesterday evening, guests and VIPs celebrated the official opening of the Italian pavilion at the 27th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, which is taking place until Saturday 2 March at the Dubai Canal, Jumeirah.

The pavilion was opened by Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy in Dubai and Gianpaolo Bruno, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan yesterday afternoon and was followed by a cocktail reception at the exhibition’s Blaze bar.

Gianpaolo Bruno, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan said, “In 2018, Italy exported Euro 34 million worth of superyachts, boats, motorboats, ships, rowing boats and canoes to the UAE, making it the largest exporter of marine products to the UAE. This is an increase of over 111 per cent compared to 2017, when Italy exported around Euro 16 million worth of marine products to the UAE, and shows how the industry in the Emirates is flourishing.

“In 2018, the UAE’s marine industry was valued at around Euro 58 billion (USD 66 billion), with the leisure boating sector making up around Euro 1.3 billion (USD 1.5 billion) of this figure. The UAE boating sector is still an emerging market and it can offer great business opportunities to Italian companies who excel in design and technology, whilst offering high-quality products and services at competitive prices.”

The pavilion features the following 12 Italian specialised marine equipment suppliers and service providers who are being supported by the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) in cooperation with the Italian Marine Industry Association (UCINA) during the event:

  1. Ascom
  2. Boat Lift
  3. Boero Yachtcoatings
  4. Fratelli Zucchini – Sealants and Adhesives
  5. GFN Marine Equipment
  6. IMET Wave Marine
  7. Ingemar
  8. Luxury Wood Italy
  9. Marinedi
  10. PMP
  11. Creazioni Nautiche by Valeo
  12. Vapsint Gas Springs and Dampers

The Italian pavilion is located at Stands E-145, part of the Equipment Supplies & Services area. The Italian Marine Industry Association, UCINA, is also located at the Italian pavilion.

Italian Trade Agency -ITA

The Italian Trade Agency is the Government agency which promotes the globalization of Italian firms, under the aegis of the Ministry of Economic Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ITA helps to develop, facilitate and promote Italian economic and trade relations with foreign countries, focusing on the needs of SMEs, their associations and partnerships. ITA sustains Italian firms in their internationalisation process, promoting the marketing of Italian goods and services as well as the image of “Made in Italy” products around the world, while facilitating outward Italian investments and encouraging FDI attraction into Italy. ITA provides information, support and consultancy services to Italian companies on foreign markets, in order to foster exports and economic cooperation in all sectors, with the objective of increasing the effectiveness of their presence on international markets. ITA works closely with the Italian Regions, the network of Italian Chambers of Commerce, business organisations and other public and private entities. ITA’s headquarters are based in Rome and it works through a large network of offices around the world which are acknowledged as “Trade Promotion Offices or Sections” of Italy’s Embassies or Consulates.


UCINA CONFINDUSTRIA NAUTICA – THE ITALIAN MARINE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION is the boating sector’s Association in Italy and member of the General Confederation of Italian Industry, institutionally representing the entire sector since 1967, from shipyards to components, from services to tourism. UCINA represents more than 82% of Italian industries and operates with the expansion of the boating sector as their number one priority, be this through legislative proposals, the collection and dissemination of market data, encouraging marine culture or developing boating tourism. UCINA acts as an institutional voice for the industry in dialogue with political, social and governmental forces, and is also a member of the General Confederation of Italian Industry, the Tourism Federation, the Marine Federation, the Fairs and Industry Committee, the Edison Foundation, sharing in their values and actions.

On the international stage, UCINA plays an active role in the Governing Bodies of the global and European associations ICOMIA and EBI and organises delegations of Italian businesses which take part in industry-leading shows and events worldwide. In line with their goals to promote the boating industry, UCINA is the main organiser, through the company I Saloni Nautici, of the Genoa International Boat Show, a world-leading event and global showcase for Made in Italy excellence.

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