Scope of marine industry associations, national or international, is to bring together different professionals, companies and maritime authorities, who share the same industry and clients. This association benefits in terms of knowledge, information, intelligence, education and simple human relationship, as typical in the nautical environment.
In the world, there are many recognised organisations in the recreational maritime industry, both profit and no profit, operating at national and international level. These organizations support, complement and compete with each other, with an overall beneficial effect on the marine community.
AMI - the Association of Marina Industries – is a US non-profit membership organization dedicated to serving the needs of the marina industry by providing business solutions, educational services, news and publications, and research results. IMI - the International Marina Institute - is a subsidiary of AMI dealing with training and certification for marina professionals, exclusively in the US, and by authorized franchise partners outside of the US.
MIA – the Marina Industries Association (MIA) - is the Australian association supporting marina industries through education, accreditation and research programs. MIA’s members are Owners, Managers and Operators of Marinas, and other marine Storage Facilities and Sailing and Cruising Boating Clubs.
BM - British Marine - is a UK membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, with 1,600+ members from a broad range of businesses including boat builders, chandlers, brokers, marinas, passenger boats and engines.
GMI - the Global Marina Institute - is a partnership British Marine and Marina Industries Association formed to deliver global marina training and certification with the aim of maintaining and increasing standards in Marinas across the world. The two organisations work together to maintain existing certifications and to develop new certification pathways and training courses to meet the needs of both existing marinas and Marinas developing around the world..
MIASF - the Marine Industries Association of South Florida - is the largest marine trade organization in the Southeast United States. Created in 1961, the not-for-profit trade group is focused on the sound growth of the marine industry in the South Florida Region to benefit its members, their customers, communities and the environment. The Association has over 500 members in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties and is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Emirati overview and opportunity
In the last few years, the nautical and marine industry in the United Arab Emirates has experienced significant growth, combined with the fact that many marina projects have been developed and are presently under construction. Furthermore, few important projects in the region are now including more and more berths for superyachts, which category is increasing in the Middle East.
As a consequence, there is an increasing interest from the nautical community - boats and yacht owners, captains and crews, marine authorities, marina operators, boat and yacht builders, shipyards and maintenance operators, suppliers of services and goods - to meet and share knowledge, information, problems and support each other’s business.
Although non-associated nautical lobbies already exist in the Country and have contributed to the development of the UAE maritime industry in the last 15 years, a formal unification of the nautical community under the same organization and/or association (EAMI - the Emirati Association of Marine Industry) would make the UAE nautical industry stronger and more compact. Furthermore, partnerships and collaborations with the most reputable international marine associations would support the existent know-how and would help in the development of the UAE yachting industry and community, at international level..
Dubai International Yachting Summit 2018
The First Edition of Dubai International Yachting Summit (DIYS) - THE EMIRATI RIVIERA: A NEW WORLD HUB FOR YACHTING – will take place early 2018 and will be held in Mina Rashid Development, Port Rashid - Dubai. The conference is organized by FABMAR Consultancy FZE and hosted by DP WORLD.