Saturday, May 18, 2013


May 18, 2013 to May 18, 2013
04:00 PM 

, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The yearly race of traditional dhow boats across the Gulf.

Date: Saturday, 18th May 2013
Duration: 1 day
Timings: 4:00 PM
Audience: General Public
Category: Sports
Venue: Dubai International Marine Club (Mina Seyahi)
Admission: Free Admission
Telephone: + 971 4 399 5777

This long distance traditional 60ft dhow racing contest is the last event of the watersports season at Dubai International Marine Club.

The race, which was designed to commemorate pearl divers who were integral to the early trading port of Dubai, started at the small uninhabited island of Sur Bu Na'air, 50 nautical miles west of the UAE. Starting with 53 dhows that are each 43 feet long, at the time of the first competition in 1991, the race has grown into a major sporting event today featuring around 100 traditional boats (60 feet), and has challenged more than 3,000 participants sailing the waters of the Gulf.

The dhows today are in pristine conditions with beautifully polished hulls and crisp sails but still retain the traditions of the past with strict rules in place to maintain the heritage. Al Gaffal will start at Sur Bu Na'air Island at 7am and finish at Mina Seyahi.



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