The fourth cruise of Fath Al Khair set sail this week with 16 Qatari sailors on board. The group launched their cruise from Babik in Istanbul, set on visiting 11 different other harbours across Europe and North Africa.

Organised by Cultural Village Foundation – Katara, the cruise aims to raise awareness on Qatari heritage, especially the country’s maritime culture, noting that it is a significant part of the Qatari identity. The cruise also aims to promote Qatar’s hosting of FIFA World Cup 2022 and present the country’s preparations for the event. The sailors will distribute brochures and gifts to the public and reach-out to people of countries they will pass through.

Yousef Mohammed Al Sada, Captain of Fath Al Khair Dhow, said the cruise will be in two phases and their route in Phase 1 will include Greece, Albania and Croatia and  Italy. Al Sada also said that the cruise will include landing on the Greek island of Mykonos and Sicily in the Mediterranean.

The second phase of the Fath Al Khair cruise will set-off in June 2020 and will include harbours in France and Spain. The last phase will also pass through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

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