Gulf Craft has taken the recently concluded Dubai International Boat Show 2017 by storm with its new superyacht. Measuring 32m, the Majesty 100 comes with a semi-convertible flybridge, built from a GRP hull and superstructure to RINA classification.


In a statement, Gulf Craft CEO Erwin Bamps said that the launch was a very thrilling time for them as yacht builders. He noted that with the recently announced Dubai Harbour project and the Dubai Canal, to the Deira Islands and the Port Rashid Marina, ambitious yacht owners would soon be spoiled for choice when it comes to how and where they intend to use their craft. “Combined, these ambitious waterfront projects will pave the way to a thriving yachting community that will largely be comprised of younger boaters.”

Bamps added that because of the Majesty 100’s practical, yet powerful attributes in both engineering and design, it is perfect for entry-level superyacht owners, whether they are searching for a waterfront retreat or an oceangoing adventure.

The Majesty 100 is the first-ever yacht in Gulf Craft’s fleet to feature a partially enclosed flybridge, enabling guests to sit within its spacious lounge area. With an interior, exterior, and naval architecture and design courtesy of Gulf Craft’s in-house Design Studio, the vessel’s complete layout is based on the principles of maximizing space and stretching the outdoor experience through to the interior. The raised wheelhouse is distinguished by its 270-degree vertical glass panels.

At the main deck, the floor-to-ceiling windows enable natural light to flow through the cabin. There are also two hydraulic extendable balconies fixed on both ends of the back-seating area to provide passengers with an al fresco experience. White oak flooring and marble countertops have been used in the yacht’s main cabin and 5 en suite bathrooms, which can accommodate up to 12 guests.

Moving to the inner workings, the Majesty 100 is powered by two 1,900hp MAN engines, which enable the yacht to travel at a maximum speed of 23 knots. It also deploys a V-drive propulsion system, and thus houses the engines within the rear side of the craft, which enables for improved onboard comfort and space.

Founded in 1982, Gulf Craft is the leading shipyard based in the UAE. At the Dubai International Boat Show, the company has brought 16 yachts worth a combined AED 300 million (€77 million), which amounts to more than 20 percent of the total value of boats at the show.



Just a few months away, the Middle East will once again be gripped by extreme summer temperatures. In a quest to ensure that occupants and vehicles will be able to endure the hot season in a safe and trouble-free manner, Infiniti Middle East and RoadSafetyUAE have recently released complimentary car maintenance guidelines.


Tire Safety

One of the parts of the vehicle that typically bears the brunt of high temperatures is the tire. Poor wheel balance and alignment as well as improper inflation pressures take a huge toll on tire life and safety. By following these tips, you can rest assured to have a safe summer travel:

  1. Ensure to use branded and certified tires. Never fit tires which may be substandard and thus, potentially unsafe.
  2. Ensure to use the right tire type and dimension for your car. Refer to the owner’s manual or ask experts for advice, if not sure.
  3. At least once a month, check the tire pressures using a calibrated gauge. The recommended pressures are indicated in the owner’s manual or on a sticker typically attached to a fuel cover or door frame. Ensure that the pressures are checked when the tires are driven less than 3km prior to the check.
  4. To prolong pressure stability, inflate tires with nitrogen instead of air.
  5. Never exceed the load and speed capabilities of the tires fitted to the vehicle.
  6. Don’t drive over or near hazardous objects such as potholes, glass and rocks that could damage the tires and make them unsafe or unfit for service.

Vehicle Fires

The soaring temperatures in the region increase the likelihood of vehicle fires. Follow the tips below to prevent a potentially dangerous situation.

  1. Regular vehicle maintenance and inspection is critical to prevent vehicle fires.
  2. Check for cracked or blistered hoses, fluid leaks under vehicles, or wiring that is loose, has cracked insulation or has exposed metal.
  3. Don’t throw cigarette butts anywhere.
  4. When you’re driving, be observant of the changes in the way your vehicle sounds when running, or to a visible exhaust plume coming from the tailpipe. If you notice that there’s a backfiring exhaust, the exhaust tone is louder than usual and smoke is coming from the tailpipe, these could indicate issues or damage to the emissions control system and high-temperature exhaust on the vehicle.

Vehicle Maintenance

The high temperatures and sandy conditions in the region make driving in summer a real challenge. To prevent accidents of breakdowns, vehicle checks must be conducted on a regular basis. The following tips will help ensure the best of health for your vehicle:

  1. Entrust your vehicle only to experts.
  2. Ensure to use genuine spare parts as they are manufactured to the highest quality and specifications to withstand the pressures of the internal engine environment. Using cheaper sub-standard parts can wreak havoc to the vehicle as well as its passengers.
  3. Take your car to a reliable and reputable service center to check your brake system.
  4. Make sure that the gas levels in the AC compressor and the filters are cleaned on a regular basis.
  5. Ensure that other essential fluids are at the right levels.


Drivers are being urged to take extra care, grip the steering wheel firmly, leave enough distance between cars, and be wary when passing high-sided vehicles when driving in high winds.

Gusty conditions, which have hit the country in recent weeks, are a usually overlooked danger to drivers with even the most skilled and experienced motorists caught off guard by strong winds.

approved_1According to Dr. Salaheddine Bendak, associate professor at the University of Sharjah, driving at normal speeds as if there is no wind or rain is a common mistake. He says that strong winds decrease the friction between the tires and the road surface, which makes controlling and steering the vehicle more difficult.

Robert Hodges, a driver education and road safety expert and former chief operating officer at Emirates Driving Institute in Dubai, urges drivers to hold the steering wheel more firmly than usual, especially when overtaking high-sided vehicles. He notes that driving a lower speed than normal is imperative as the wind can get under the vehicle, create an evident lightness and reduce the grip of the tires on the road.

A 4×4 vehicle is likely to become more unstable, and has a tendency to skid or roll than a smaller, lighter sedan type of car.

Hodges adds that drivers should scan ahead better and attempt to see potential dangers earlier. “In urban areas, rubble or building materials on the road might be hidden from one’s view just around the corner, while traffic signs or lighting cables are wildly swaying around.”

In agreement to Hodges, Phil Clarke, principal safety consultant at Transport Research Laboratory, says: “Concentrate on your driving fully and look well ahead, try to anticipate if debris is likely to blow into the road, and give yourself plenty of time or room to react. Avoid distraction, including using mobile phones, which detract from the ability to focus on the road and traffic ahead.”

The comments of the experts follow the strong winds and blowing sand in the first week of the month that wreaked havoc across the country. In Abu Dhabi, fierce gusts caused the trees to fall, while signboards were blown on to the roads.

Abu Dhabi Police’s central operations room got 4,000 calls from drivers in the capital, Al Ain and the western region. However, there were no major traffic accidents reported.

In Dubai, strong winds overturned a crane on Sheikh Zayed Road, injuring one person, damaging a hotel and a number of vehicles.

In accordance with Thomas Edelmann, founder of Road Safety UAE, high-sided vehicles are gravely affected by blustery weather, and the motorist has to be aware of directional changes caused by gusts of wind. He says that the same applies to motorbikes as they are more unstable than cars.

Hodges also advises motorists to beware of extremely high speeds coming off the sea if driving on a road close to the Gulf, adding that wind speed is typically very high and can be quite intense when it first touches dry land. He claims that open stretches of road and higher elevations in the mountainous regions in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah are likely to experience sudden gusts.

Hodges concludes that extreme sideways wind force can also be felt when going past tall sand dunes and wadis which block the side wind for a few seconds. “When you leave the ‘shelter’ of these areas, your vehicle can easily be pushed by the wind into the next road lane, or even into the path of oncoming vehicles.”


A number of breathtaking innovations in the marine industry will reportedly capture the fascination of visitors to the highly anticipated Dubai International Boat Show, which will take place from February 28 to March 4. All-new water jet technology and a pioneering mode of underwater travel based on a World War II design from Britain’s Naval Service will be among the many advances to be showcased at the gigantic event. dag

Hydroflight sports’ popularity is rising as fast as the water jet propulsion that powers the high-flying technology, and Dubai International Marine Club will become a showground for the latest advancements in the field.

Among the unparalleled line-up of suppliers and manufacturers making an appearance at the 25th edition of the show is Dubai-based Hydro Water Sports, founded in 2015 by experienced water sports and diving instructor Captain Karim El-Gendy.

He claims that water jet technology has created the latest generation of water sports, and hydro sports activities such as Jetpack, Flyboard, Hoverboard and Jetovator provide enthusiasts with the ultimate experience in learning to fly.

“We’ve served 4,000 customers over the last two years and look forward to attending the Dubai International Boat Show again to meet marine industry experts from around the world who can help us grow our business,” noted El-Gendy.

While hydroflight aficionados are flying high in the air, underwater submersibles are reaching new depths of the ocean up to 95 meters. The Dubai International Boat Show will offer the ideal regional debut platform for an array of submersibles capable of enabling researchers, filmmakers, offshore and surveying firms and other sub-marine explorers to work at extreme depths.

Dutch manufacturer Ortega was behind the development of the new three-seater, electric-powered Mk.1C, which can function both above and underwater. It was originally inspired by the “Sleeping Beauty,” a submarine that enables British World War II marines to perform clandestine reconnaissance as well as attacks against enemy vessels.

Utilizing the latest in naval technology, these sleek and futuristic submersible boats are powered by specially developed batteries based on Tesla Motors technology, providing them with a range of 80 nautical miles or 11 hours of full throttle operation.

According to Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, the mission of the Dubai International Boat Show is to offer a holistic experience that appeals to a wide variety of visitors, demonstrating the latest developments in the marine industry.

She adds that the show will feature a wide selection of outdoor adventures ideal for anyone who loves to be near or on the water. “Our program of live music at The Beach entertainment area is expected to be especially popular this year and the show will give visitors the opportunity to try out various water sports such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and windsurfing.”

Dubai International Boat Show has been the region’s leading stage for visitors to meet and interact with the marine sport. In line with the event’s goal to open visitors’ eyes to a new array of activities on the water, another attraction anticipated to wow visitors will be the Seabreacher Z, a dolphin-shaped watercraft which enables riders to explore the ocean above and below the waves.

The Seabreacher series of hand-built watercrafts, which are designed to push the limits of what people can do in the water, are developed over a decade of engineering and testing by New Zealander Rob Innes and his American partner Dan Piazza, founders of the Innerspace.

The great thing about each Seabreacher is that it is an exceptional creation, enabling customers to choose from an array of individualized options. At the Dubai International Boat Show, visitors will witness the debut of the dolphin-shaped Seabreacher Z featuring a fully retractable snorkel, which enables the pilot and a passenger to experience the thrill of high speed 360 degree barrel rolls, and jump 90° out of the water.

Apart from their submersibles, Seabreacher will also present their extensive line of watersport toys with displays of their daredevil machines: the Jetovator, Flyboard, Shred Sled, and the Freedom flyer.

A new class of boat is slated to impress show visitors, providing customers an exclusive mode of water transport.

Kormaran, an Austria-based manufacturer established by husband and wife Oliver and Jutta Kormann, will showcase their K7 First Edition for the very first time in the region, and is supported by over US$10mn of research and development.

With an exceptional design and world-first patented transformation technology, the Kormaran K7 can seamlessly transform between catamaran, trimaran and hydrofoil configurations without compromising comfort, a first for the small-mid range luxury boat segment.

Seabreacher, Ortega, Hydro Water Sports, Kormaran and a number of other marine industry exhibitors will showcase their latest innovations in Dubai along with the globe’s premier luxury superyacht manufacturers as well as an international assembly of more affordable leisure and fishing boat makers, and leading suppliers to the Middle East’s growing marina collection.