The Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) announced the launching of the 7th edition of the annual festival "Senyar" from 4-20 of April with a larger number of participants this season.
During a press conference at Katara today, Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaity said that there are 67 teams participating with their own wooden boats in the (Haddag) fishing championship and another 15 teams in the pearl diving championship. "The 1st of April will be dedicated to receive and prepare the participating traditional wooden boats at the Katara beach area", Sulaity added.
The festival has witnessed a significant development this year in terms of the duration of the festival which will be a month long instead of five days in the previous ones and the number of participating teams.
The championship aims to revive ancestral heritage whilst highlighting the traditions, customs and values associated with Qatari marine life. The experiences of arduous diving voyages of the past centuries included the admirable exertion of patience and persistence.
"The aim is to preserve culture and heritage from vanishing among this renaissance era, and Katara is taking responsibility to revive the culture of ancestors", Dr. Sulaity explained.
Jihad al Jaida, from the organising committee of the Senyar said that participants will be accompanied by their families and children and it is a good chance for the young ones to get direct exposure on Qatar's richest culture and heritage. "Katara's beach will be busy during the whole month and the participants will be residing there an even cooking their food as well near their boats as it was in the past and the Red Crescent will have a permanent presence throughout the period of the championship to ensure their safety", Jaida added.
Jaidah added that the they have expanded the fishing area, we there will be operation offices to monitor the championships and life-guard them.
The pearl diving championship will start on April 4, (Ghaffal) championship April 7 while (Haddag) championship will start on April 14.