Boats and Maritime Traditions Mark Successful Dhow Festival in Katara
Visitors swarmed to the 10th Katara Traditional Dhow Festival over the weekend and watched the authentic cultural shows and music presented by participating nations by the beach of the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara.
The strict precautionary measures against coronavirus were well in place as people maintained social distancing and patiently waited for their turn to be allowed entry.
Small and large traditional dhow boats sailed into the sea along the bay. These ancient-styled boats have been in existence for generations and come in different shapes, designs and names.
They were also used for different purposes – for fishing, pearl diving and sea transportation. The ‘Al Boom’ was one of the most famous types of vessels intended for the transportation of goods through the Gulf ports, from the Arabian Sea into the Indian Ocean and in far African countries.
The ‘Sanbok’ was used to cross oceans and seas to reach India and Zanzibar in Tanzania. The ‘Al Bateel’ was used for pearl diving purposes while ‘Jalbot’ loader in addition to the ‘owls’ was among the oldest sailing vessels for distance voyages in maritime transport of the past. They carried horses and dates among other commodities. The Baggara and Shu’i were also used for the such voyages.
The boats and the sea-related marketplace and beautiful paintings along the Katara beach brought to light the cultural magnificence of the country’s historic past, confirming the heritage stature of the Dhow Festival – informative and entertaining at the same time.
The Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
The Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum also contributed a great presence to the festival for the last ten years.
Qatar’s glorious maritime history was traced through various eras depicted in books, paintings, boats, and materials used for voyages in the past.
This year, the museum has displayed rare pictures of ancient sea-diving and of large lanterns used as navigational tools, like the modern radar or GPS. The lanterns come in different sizes and well preserved.
The museum is also displaying some other engine gadgets from Europe that were previously used in the region and preserved for rarity and historic and cultural importance.
There are also displays of tools used for pearl diving, boats, and equipment, used by divers and made from goat horns, accompanied by old documentary pictures of pearl diving trips, a vivid picture of an authentic past featuring the Qatari forefathers.
The 10th Katara Traditional Festival successfully concluded on Saturday with a large turn-out. For more information about the festival, visit katara.net.