Dubai Extreme Sports Expo 2018 Provides a Thrilling Sports Outlook

Dubai Extreme Sports Expo 2018 Provides a Thrilling Sports Outlook

Outdoor adventure sports and sports entertainment companies alike descended on the day long Dubai Extreme Sports Expo held at Dubai World Trade Center. With almost $1.7 billion total expenditure related to sports in Dubai, the sector is fast coming up as a vital sector to Dubai’s GDP. The residents of Dubai, spend a considerable amount on these sports events (Dh 631 million annually). The sponsorship for these sports events in Dubai on the other hand are estimated around Dh 367 million.

The recently concluded 3rd edition of Extreme Sports Expo Dubai was an exhilarating event and provided a glimpse of several extreme and adventurous sports outlook in Dubai. The amount of action witnessed on the event was amplified significantly with three other events that were co-located with the Dubai Extreme Sports Expo. These were the Dubai Motorbike Festival, Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition, and One Breath Dive Expo. The event turned out to be a huge success, attracting over 330 exhibitors and more than 10,000 extreme sports fans from around the globe. The event was occupied with a flurry of interesting and breath-taking activities and exhibitions.

Extreme Sports Expo – Key Highlights

The show was organized to have a strong customer connect in the business event. The profile of participants, exhibitors, and visitors include B2B visitors, extreme sports enthusiasts, royal family members, adventure sports equipment companies, extreme sports companies, and the general public. Some of the categories in the extreme sports participant companies are listed below.

                   Air                            Sea                                     Land
  • Gyrocopters
  • RC planes
  • Helicopters
  • Paragliding
  • Paramotors
  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Underwater photography
  • Fishing equipment companies
  • Kite surfing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Off road trucks
  • Adventure tour companies
  • Skateboarding
  • Mountain climbing
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Trailers (both boats and trucks)
  • Rally
  • Drift
  • Paintball

The extreme sport exhibition also had a unique land action sports village. It held the gathering of the region’s most active innovators, sports companies, participants, and general public. It allows international manufacturers to bring in cutting edge tech and innovations in land action sports. Some of the key sports include slack lining, skateboarding, adventure tour agencies, personal mobility devices, radio controlled road sports, and off-road trucks and vehicles.

 Extreme Sports Expo – Impact on Dubai Economy

UAE is becoming a sports haven because of the number of local and international sport events that are hosted in the country. There are more than 400 sports events that are being conducted in Dubai annually. Based on the total number of spectators at 2 million by 2017, the annual growth rate of the sports sector is estimated to be 16%. The number of local and international participants in these sports event from 2016 to 2017 was around 465,000. Extreme Sports Expo was one of the initiatives taken by the government to promote the sector in Dubai.

There were several sponsors and exhibitors from various sectors including automobile, retail, F&B, tourism for the event and it provided an excellent platform for companies to display their products. With Dubai being a favourable tourism destination, the success of the Extreme Sports Expo will continue to attract global investors to invest in Dubai.

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