The 9th Katara Traditional Dhow Festival already witnessed a huge turn out since it opened earlier this month at the Katara Cultural Village beach front. The festivity is set to mark a more exciting second phase starting this weekend.  

Inspired by Qatar’s rich maritime heritage, this year’s festival, ongoing until 16 December, offers more variety, more entertainment and more competitions. Over ten countries – including Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Zanzibar – are showcasing their best of sea tradition, culture, music and food.

More number of people are expected to attend, and the second weekend of the festival will see the presentation of sea sailing show Tafris. It will be followed by the Al Jinan and Barikha competitions, which have been extremely popular over the years. There will be two shows starting at 7 pm and 9 pm on Thursday and Friday. There will also be rowing, sailing and open swimming competitions later in the week, a storytelling onstage and marine tradition shows in the evenings. More renditions of traditional music were also lined up for the festival.

A number of dignitaries, including the President of the Republic of El Salvador and ambassadors of various nations, have already graced the festival. Many more are expected to visit in the coming days.

The best of maritime history through museums and memoirs are also on display at various national pavilions.

The 9th Katara Traditional Dhow Festival is open from 9 am to 12 pm, and from 3 pm to 10 pm on all days. Follow the link below to learn more details about the festival. More images available for viewing here: Katara Traditional Dhow Festival 2019 

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