From March 1-3, the judges of the World Superyacht Awards 2018 gathered in Abu Dhabi to decide the worthy winners of this year's awards. Along with the crucial judges' meeting, the judges and their partners were treated to a weekend of cultural delights offering them the chance to sample some of the best the UAE has to offer. Boat International Media would like to thank the Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel and event partners Netjets and Puiforcat for their support. Click through to see highlights from the weekend...
Pictured: The Majlis Terrace at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel played host to a welcome dinner set against the stunning backdrop of the Abu Dhabi skyline on the first evening.
While the judges' meeting took place on day two, the judges' partners were entertained with a full programme taking in a host of key Emirati experiences. First the group headed to the Jumeirah Observation Deck at the Etihad Towers, the city's highest vantage point offering unbeatable views, before taking the historic Pearl Journey (pictured above). Guests took in the mangrove forests on a peaceful boat ride while discovering the secrets to pearl diving before ending with lunch at the Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa.
Kathleen Brown, Helen Porter and June Lean-Vercoe.
After a long day making some tough choices, the World Superyacht Award judges were rewarded with an elegant dinner at the Emirates Palace, one of Abu Dhabi's most iconic landmarks, held in association with Puiforcat.
Michael Graham, senior vice president of NetJets.
Barry Houghton and Sophie Bonvin.
Aline Matsika and Marco Vögele.
The World Superyacht Awards judging weekend ended on a high note with a special desert safari full of unique Emirati experiences including sand dune bashing, falconry, camel riding and henna painting.
Marco Vögele and Franziska Rickenbach commemorate the weekend with a photo.