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Katara welcomes back Annual Dhow Festival

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Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, The Emir of Qatar, The Cultural Village Foundation-Katara announced the Sixth Annual Dhow Festival that will open on 13th November and run until 19th November.

​Registration is also open from 31 October until 10 November for all interested in the festival’s traditional competitions which reflect the country’s rich maritime heritage.

The 6th Katara Dhow Festival's most prominent events will include 7 traditional tournaments: weaving, diving, Al-Lufah, bringing down ship loaders, Al-Nahmah and rowing. The festival's organizing committee vowed to keep opportunity of taking part in this event open for all the GCC nationals and applications to register in the competitions will be received at Katara's beach management building at the Cultural Village Foundation from 9am-3pm.

Commenting on the announcement, the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-katara, HE Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, said:"The previous editions of the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival have seen significant participations from Qatar and the GCC states as we have registered nearly 110 dhows and over 300 participants. This unique festival is one of its kind in the region and it attracts a huge public turn out from inside Qatar and abroad. It displays the rich maritime legacy of our forefathers and seeks to promote awareness amongst younger generation by establishing a link between them and their past and offers residents a unique glimpse into old Qatari life which was full of dhows, pearl-divers and fishermen".

The Katara chief added: "The festival is witnessing a refurbishment program with every new edition and we have re-designed the traditional village on the Katara beach and made some changes regarding the exhibitors, their handcrafts, displayed loaders and the number of competitions as we have added two new ones: the Nahmah and downing the loader. Other sporting, environment, traditional and cultural tournaments are also waiting for our participants and visitors to revive ancestral heritage of sailing in the hearts and minds of the youth and to preserve local heritage and Qatar's maritime legacy".

The sidelines of the 5th Katara Dhow Festival have witnessed several events such as the gold and pearl markets. Other competitions included naming the most beautiful dhow loader, best participants and teams in rowing, diving and "Gheis, who bagged grand prizes at the end of the festival.

The 5th edition of the festival has also celebrated the return of "Fath El-Kheir-2" dhow from its 45-day epic journey inspired by a known pearl-diving journey made by the forefathers in old-time Qatar.​


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