The Middle East, namely the countries of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are services well out of North Europe and the Mediterranean for motorboat and sailing yacht shipping. There are bi weekly services on container lines, roll on roll off lines and also regular heavy lift services for much bigger boats. With the Middle East becoming more popular again and a strong push from the UAE to build marinas, there is now a growing interest to ship boats to the area.
This route also serves well for big and small yachts alike looking to avoid any problems with pirates through the Gulf of Aden when rounding the Horn of Africa. Complete Marine Freight as a boat shipping company will naturally always recommend to ship on most routes worldwide. Sometimes it does make more sense to go under your own power, however in the case of this route it is our strong recommendation to ship.
- If you have never shipped through the Suez Canal it is wise to apply for a Suez Canal Certificate before you ship to avoid any overcharging on the Suez canal taxes. Normally the Suez canal taxes are levied on the ship carrying the cargo. However in the case of yachts and boats the Egyptian authorities will charge the tax even if your yacht is aboard a ship. Please double check that the Suez Charges are included in any of your quotations you may have shipping.
- For those of you looking to ship down for the Dubai Boat Show, book early as there is not a huge amount of space on these vessels. Normally there is not a huge amount of yachts and boats shipping, so therefore there is usually space throughout the year. However, where a boat show is concerned it is essential to book well in advance to avoid any nasty surprises.
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The demand for second hand boats is very much on the rise for this area. In the past, the boats were purchased by Europeans or Westerners living in the UAE, however it seems that there are more and more locals buying boats. The yachting market in the Middle East, although slowly growing, is nothing like that of Europe or the USA. If you need to ship a boat to the Middle East, whether it be a 85m super yacht or a 40ft motor yacht we can provide regular sailings at great rates.
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