Dubai int’l boat show expands fishing segment as GCC interest in recreational fishing grows

DUBAI, 19th February 2015 (WAM) — With recreational fishing becoming increasingly popular in the GCC region, the Dubai International Boat Show is introducing a dedicated fishing section to bring together enthusiasts, suppliers, operators and people keen to learn more about the activity.

The tradition of fishing is deeply rooted in the UAE’s culture and history as sailors have fished the Arabian and Indian seas for centuries. There are over 350 commercial fish species in the fisheries of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Gulf and fishing’s popularity has soared in recent years in line with global interest in sports fishing.

“Dubai is very much a travel and business hub, with a strong local fishing market and other attractive fishing destinations close by. The sector has definitely developed a lot in the past few years as we see increasing interest in sports fishing activities in the region,” said Nick Bowles, partner at Ocean Active, the first dedicated fishing company that specialises in fishing charters, trips and products in the Middle East. “The Dubai International Boat Show is crucial to the development of the regional marine and leisure fishing industry because it allows people to come and see what is available on the market and gives suppliers and operators access to a wide range of customers.” The DIBS Fishing feature, which will be a dedicated section within the Outdoor Display area, is aimed at meeting the needs of keen fishermen, attendees looking to buy fishing boats or people interested in event fishing holidays. The interactive zone will allow exhibitors to demonstrate products and educate and interact with the region’s fishing community.

As well as featuring a huge range of equipment, including tackle and the latest rods, DIBS Fishing will feature casting demonstrations, competitions, and seminars from fishing experts and celebrities.

“Fishing is very much part of the fabric of the regional marine industry, and as the Dubai International Boat Show aims to grow in step with the regional industry, it’s a natural choice to add fishing to our area of coverage,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President of DWTC. “We look forward to growing and developing this segment of the event in future years in line with fishing’s growing popularity in the region.” Hakan Demiralp from regional fishing specialist company Emirates Fishing, a media partner for the Dubai International Boat Show, agrees with the rising popularity of recreational fishing: “The UAE is a fishing haven and commercial fishing was a major source of income not long ago. Recreational fishing has evolved significantly over the last 20 years and is still very popular in the region.” With an estimated 66% of UAE residents eating fish at least once a week, sustainability is an important issue for the development of the local fishing market and one that is at the heart of Emirates Fishing’s activity.

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SOURCE: Wam