Katara Traditional Dhow Book

Katara Cultural Village Foundation announced launching the book entitled, Traditional Dhow (Great Meaning Fatah al Khair Voyage to the Gulf Ports), in conjunction with start of the fourth edition of Senyar Championship 2015 for fishing and pearl diving.

The launch of the book was announced on Thursday 23 April 2015 during a press conference attended by Director General of Katara Cultural Village Foundation, HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, along with Ahmed Yousef Al Khulaifi, the president of board of directors of Qatar Society of Photography and Dr Nadia Al Mudahka, Director of Research and Studies in Katara.

HE Dr Khalid Al Sulaiti said:

We are really pleased to meet in this precious occasion, as we issue the book of Traditional Dhow (Great Meaning Fatah al Khaier Voyage to the Gulf Ports), that falls on the occasion of launching the fourth Senyar championship for fishing and Pearl diving. This important documentary book is sought to depict and revive the historical voyage of Fath al Khier dhow through words and photographs.’

The annual Senyar Championship for fishing and pearl diving is part of various festivals and events organised by Katara to revive ancestral heritage and highlight the traditions and customs associated with marine life of Qatari society. From 15 March to 1 April 2015, Katara received applications of those wishing to register for the championship, which is taking place from 22 to 25 April 2015.

The journey of Fath Al Khair to five ports of the Gulf States of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and the UAE, was launched under the auspices of HH, The Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The trip was documented in the ‘Great Meanings’ exhibition by the Qatari photographer and the President of Board of Directors of Qatar Society of Photography, Ahmed Yousef Al Khulaifi. He shed light on the difficult time they had endured during the voyage. Al Khulaifi said:

At one night of the Voyage, the ships master ordered everyone not to light up any kind of lamps including the phone, because the crew has to see all the light in the sea even if it was small to avoid collusion, except the green and red lighting.’

As the images have deep impact to memorise the event and its strong ability to consolidate it in minds and its potentials to transform moments to beautiful human arts.