Under the patronage of HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Katara’s Third Traditional Dhow Festival will be held from 19 to 23 November 2013.

As part of the festival, Fath El Kheir journey, one of the festival’s most prominent events, will start on November 22. The festival is held in cooperation with the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) as the leading maritime heritage festival in the GCC region and the world. It aims to revive ancestral heritage in traveling and navigation through sailing and preserving local heritage and Qatar’s maritime legacy.

Katara General Manager, Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, said:

We are extremely honoured to host this event for the third time in Qatar and proud to teach our younger generation how to travel using Dhows, and educating them about our Qatari history. Katara is committed to preserving Qatari culture and providing a strong platform for arts and culture to our community.’

This unique festival is the only of its kind in the region and will exhibit more than 100 vessels from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar. Owners and crews of these traditional sea vessels will be present to greet visitors, and share their secrets of the maritime trade in an effort to showcase Qatari culture.

Along the Katara beach, exhibitors will display dhows from Gulf countries while visitors will get the chance to experience daily cruises, attend dhow maintenance workshops and cultural sessions, and listen to live traditional music by performers from across the Gulf.

There will also be a sailing competition on Wednesday 20 November 2013, and a pearl diving competition and a rowing competition on Thursday 21 November 2013. Call the following numbers for participation and registration:

  • Sailing: 6656 1313
  • Rowing: 7710 0151
  • Pearl diving: 6656 1313

Ahmed Al Hitmi, Dhow Festival Committee Manager, said:

We are confident that the Third Dhow Festival will be a great success, similar to the past two years. We are very pleased to see the number of brave men who have registered for the Fath El Kheir GCC-wide trip as well as the rest of the competitions. We are proud of our Qatari culture, and through this event we hope to contribute to Katara’s vision of educating, entertaining, and demonstrating the importance of traditional Arab cultures.’

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  • The opening ceremony for the festival will be 3:30 pm on Tuesday 19 November 2013
  • It will be open to the public daily from 9 am – 10 pm except on Thursdays and Fridays when it will close at 11 pm
  • On Friday, 22 November 2013, the event will open at 3 pm
  • Public schools can visit the festival from Wednesday 20 November 2013 anytime from 9 am till 12 noon
  • Winners of the various competitions will be announced at an award ceremony at 6 pm on Saturday 23 November 2013