Eighty companies from 13 countries participated in the first international Boat Show, which was held in Jeddah during the period October 14-17, 2009 at the Jeddah Equestrian Yacht Club.
The event was organized by Dubai World Trade Center, in collaboration with Al Ahlam for Marine Tourism Group, and supported by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA). Included at the event were several activities, a conference on Saudi Marine Navigation, a scuba diving village, fishing competitions, and Jet Ski races, in addition to exhibiting the latest luxury yachts, fishing boats, and speed boats, as well as the most modern technologies and equipment in this field.
His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Amir of Makkah inaugurated the event and expressed his delight for holding this event for the first time in Saudi Arabia, adding that it does, in itself, carry many prospects for this cosmopolitan city on all levels, including tourism. On the other hand, HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the president of SCTA said that Jeddah has a long tourism history, and this exhibition is a testament of the expansion of its tourism activity.
Jeddah is located on the coast of the Red Sea and is the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia. It is the largest city in Makkah Province, the largest sea port on the Red Sea and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital city, Riyadh. Jeddah is famous for offering a unique diving experience in its rich marine life and spectacular corals.