The 10th edition of the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival opens this week at the esplanade of the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara, under the patronage of HH The Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

This year’s festival will run until 5 December with participation of Qatar, Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, Republic of Iraq, and Zanzibar (Tanzania). The festival follows all health and safety precautions mandated by the Ministry of Public Health against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Similar to previous editions, the festival features a number of competitions and marine shows, alongside a variety of cultural events and activities that reflect ancestral heritage and sheds light on the country’s ancient maritime history.

There will be an exhibition showcasing the maritime heritage collections of various participating countries, special pavilions of traditional handicrafts, workshops showcasing the ship-building process and ancient craft, in addition to marine competitions.

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

The Katara Traditional Dhow Festival will see the Katara beachfront come alive with dhow boats, ancient maritime market place, traditional sea fishing methods, and authentic traditional festivities accompanied by food and music. Having grown over the years, the festival occupies a valuable stature as a prominent destination for culture and heritage, attracting visitors of all nationalities.

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Katara 10th Traditional Dhow Festival