The goal of the event is to steer discussions aimed at nurturing a more responsible and sustainable future for the marine and yachting sectors.
The 2024 GCC Smart Yachting Days event, arranged by Monaco Marina Management (M3), will be hosted at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina on the 28th and 29th of February (from 9am-3pm each day). This event aligns with the Dubai International Boat Show, drawing industry experts from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. During the two-day gathering, industry professionals will engage in significant discussions addressing the future of sustainability within the marine and yachting sectors.
The 2023 edition drew participation from over 70 influential figures in the yachting industry. This year, the event will include a schedule of workshops and discussions involving key industry stakeholders. The aim will be to spark interesting and vital conversations, as well as providing an opportunity to network and build connections. The topics covered will include regional debates around how GCC countries can promote sustainable economic growth, as well as more macro conversations around how to balance luxury with responsible practices and circular economy strategies for sustainable yachting.
Guiding the industry towards a sustainable future
As part of the event, 10 startups will have the opportunity to participate in an Innovation Competition, designed to acknowledge and reward those presenting the most groundbreaking solutions. Yachting Ventures, the global hub for startups & scaleups in the leisure marine industry, has been tasked with scouting for these 10 startups to participate in the Innovation Competition. The goal will be to secure 5 startups building new products to advance the sustainability of marinas and 5 startups building products and technologies for the future of sustainable yachts.
The competition is an exceptional opportunity for startups raising funding to pitch their solutions to an audience of esteemed industry professionals and investors. Gabbi Richardson, founder of Yachting Ventures commented, "Having worked with the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show in 2023, we recognise the significant potential for yachting in the region and the willingness of key stakeholders to invest into innovation. We hope that the GCC Smart Yachting Days will help catalyse investments into the startups within our network, and we look forward to building on collaboration with the M3 team.”
José Marco Casellini, CEO of M3 commented, "GCC Smart Yachting Days aims to bring together the industry's visionary minds to explore opportunities for expansion in a high-growth market while maintaining a strong commitment to sustainability. Let's collectively make sustainable resolutions to explore new territories, harmonizing technical innovation with environmental integrity, forging a responsible future for yachting in the GCC countries."