The 10th edition of the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival is all set next week, from 1 to 5  December, with participation of Qatar and four other countries – Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Republic of Iraq, and Zanzibar (Tanzania). The event is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar.

Inspired by Qatar’s rich maritime heritage, the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival enjoys a distinguished and distinct identity highlighting authentic maritime traditions inspired by Qatar’s ancestral past.

The festival is characterised by a number of competitions and marine shows, besides a variety of cultural activities and events that reflect ancestral heritage and shed light on the ancient maritime history that aims to restore culture and preserve folk heritage.

The activities include exhibitions displaying maritime heritage collections from various participating countries, special pavilions of traditional handicrafts, and workshops showcasing ship-building process and ancient craft, in addition to marine competitions.

There will also be story-telling and traditional stage shows throughout the festival at Katara beachfront with Al Shoush, Al Haddaq and Al Tafris competitions. The Omani Folk Band will provide artistic performances in the mornings and evenings on all days of the festival.

According to Cultural Village Foundation – Katara General Manager HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, the 10th edition of the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival is being launched this year amidst continuing health and safety measures against COVID-19 as per the Ministry of Public Health protocols, to protect all members of society.

He said that the festival is the most important international cultural and heritage forum that restores maritime heritage in its original form and which follows arts and tradition, through activities that contribute in culturally enriching the younger generation.

The Katara Traditional Dhow Festival over the years has also been attracting the attention of researchers and those interested in the region and the world, for its heritage maritime paintings that reflect customs, traditions and the strong connection with sea life, and embody communication with the past, including its noble values and ancient traditions that extend to the present.

The festival is part of Katara’s continuous efforts to showcase culture and heritage, and to preserve the national identity.

The Katara Traditional Dhow Festival will see the Katara beachfront come alive with activities of dhow boats, ancient maritime market place, traditional sea fishing methods, modern gadgetry, and authentic traditional festivities accompanied by food and music.

Having grown exponentially over the years, the dhow festival – where traditions are revived and renewed – occupies a valuable stature as a prominent destination for heritage and culture for visitors of all nationalities. Follow the link below for more details.

Katara 10th Traditional Dhow Festival