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NEWS/Beirut Boat Baroque Sailing On The Seaside This Month

The ninth annual International Beirut and Super Yacht Show will be hosted in a new location this year: the Port of Beirut, Pier 1. The grand boat show will be organized by the International Fairs and Promotions (IPF) Messe Dusseldorf, a trade fair ground and organizer based in Germany, most notably known for their event “Boot Dusseldorf,” a title associated with one of the largest boat shows in the world.

Beginning on Wednesday May 14th and ending on Sunday May 18th hundreds of beautiful sailing vessels and luxury yachts filled up every open parking space on the rolling waters of Pier 1 from 5pm to 10pm.

A one-of-a-kind exhibit, distinct to Beirut’s Mediterranean climate and inviting waters, the Beirut Boat show allows investors and business people to network and make multi-million dollar business deals in a low-pressure atmosphere and this year, due to its relocation to Pier 1, the Boat Show will be hosting not only an impressive display of gaudy yachts and entrepreneurs, but merchants will also be showcasing luxury goods in the form of exclusive cars, furniture, and fashion in addition to hosting live performances from some of Beirut’s top musicians. Every year, diverse crowds gather and flock around the Beirut Boat show to gawk at a variety of different vessels but this year, it is anticipated that over 28,000 visitors will pass through due to the convenience of its location. The Port of Beirut is located near the heart of downtown Beirut and is one of the largest and busiest ports in the Eastern Mediterranean, no doubt giving the show much more attention from the media than it had in previous years

According to sources, due to the show’s success year after year, “...the show has scored a 15% growth in water surface in 2012 with international brand names registering to showcase their vessels. A significant increase in land surface was also registered as key players in up-scale real estate development, hospitality and luxury retail partook in the event, adding glamour and appeal to Beirut Boat.”

With such a wide variety of seaside happenings, sales and networking opportunities as well as family oriented activities, the Beirut and Super Yacht Show is something not to be missed, so mark your calendars and get ready for some fun near the sea.

by Jamil Richane


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