Curtains went up recently for the sixth edition of the ‘Senyar Championship’, a pearl-diving and fishing competition held at the Katara beachfront, and is scheduled to last until 22 April.
The annual marine competition stems from Katara’s efforts to preserve authentic Qatari culture and heritage, specifically the values and practices associated with the life of Qatari pearl divers and fisher folks. The popular championship attracted at least 1,100 participants for the pearl-diving and fishing competition.
The opening of the competition saw traditional dhows of 11 teams set out from Katara beach on Thursday afternoon. The teams competed against each other over three days, from 13–15 April. Following the pearl diving competition is the hand-line fishing competition called the Haddaq, which has already attracted 76 teams. The fishing competition is scheduled to run for five days, from 18–22 April. A grand closing ceremony, Al Gaffal, to be held at Katara beach on 22 April, will bring an end to the sixth edition of the popular festival.
This year’s pearl-diving competition is led by Pearl-Diving Leader, Abdulah Jassim Al Tamimi, awarded the first position in the pearl-diving competition in previous championship. The hand-line fishing team will be led by Lead Fisherman, Mohamed Jawher Al Sulaiti who was placed first in the hand-line fishing competition last year.
The championship targets participants of Qatari nationality as well as other contestants from the GCC countries.
For more information on the ongoing Senyar Championship, visit katara.net.