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Sanctioned Russians Spark Worries of Industry Crisis at Dubai Yacht Show

  • Escalating penalties are souring the mood after a banner year
  • Exhibitors wonder how ‘the situation’ will affect business
The Dubai International Boat Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 9.
The Dubai International Boat Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 9.Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg

Superyachts, the ultimate symbol of excess, have long had a whiff of the sordid amid all the splendor.

At this year’s Dubai International Boat Show, there are other S-words hanging in the air -- sanctions, seizures.