Timeframe: Dubai Boat Show drops anchor for another year

The show started off in the very dry surroundings of Dubai World Trade Centre way back in 1992

Indian workers watch the openning of Dubai's international boat show from the 50th floor of the tower which is beign constructed behind the Dubai International Marine Club, 14 March 2006. The governor of the UAE central bank sharply criticised yesterday the US Congress opposition to the acquisition of six US ports by Dubai Ports World (DPW) and called for a reassessment of US trade links. AFP PHOTO/ NASSER YOUNES / AFP PHOTO / NASSER YOUNES
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It’s March 2006 and the Dubai International Boat Show has dropped anchor for another year.

These men are standing on the floor of a tower that’s being constructed behind the show precinct. We do not know the name of the tower, but today a cluster of skyscrapers, including the twisting Cayan Tower, sits within that site.

In the background, we can see the west crescent of Palm Jumeirah. It was relatively sparse then, but things have changed. In the years since, hotels such as Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and One & Only The Palm have opened in that area. The boat show started at the very dry Dubai World Trade Centre in 1992 before moving in 2004 to the location we see in this photograph – the Dubai International Marine Club at Mina Seyahi. You can catch this year's show at its new location on Dubai Canal until Saturday.


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