The 9th edition of Qatar’s Traditional Dhow Festival, held under the patronage of HH The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and organised by the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara, got off to a good start at the pristine Katara Beach this week.


The festival, inspired by Qatar’s rich maritime heritage, was inaugurated by Katara General Manager, HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sualiti, in the presence of Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani and Dr Mohammed Saleh Abdullah Al Sada, Former Minister of Energy and Industry. The festival will be held for more than two weeks, until 16 December and participated by at least 11 countries – Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Turkey, India, Greece, Italy, Spain, Iran, and Zanzibar.

This is the first time that the Dhow Festival is held for more than two weeks. It also coincides with the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup Football Tournament and the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019.’

Dhow Festival

The Dhow Festival is the most distinguished among the traditional and cultural festivals and seeks to inspire the young generation to learn and follow from their forefathers’ cultural past.

Dr Sulaiti said that Katara Cultural Village has put in all efforts for people to come and see the exciting festival.

We expect more people this time – different nationalities and football fans – who are and will be in Qatar because of the tournaments.’

Packed Programme 

Wearing a serene look and accompanied by sounds of traditional music and dance, the festival features a programme packed with events and exhibitions, traditional art, competitions and cultural activities.

Featuring traditional methods of fishing – shipbuilding, ropes, sail, dredging machine, classic dhows – to a marketplace with traditional dishes and seafood, music, and even fancy footwear, the 9th edition has a lot to offer. A Maritime Museum is open on all days, to narrate landmark periods in Qatar’s maritime history. There are also folk band performances and art workshops for children, and a forum featuring the crew of Fath Al Khair 4, which has recently completed a historic voyage in Europe to promote the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

There will also be maritime competitions for rowing, sailing, Al Haddaq, free swimming, Al Brikha, Al Jinan, Shoush and Tafrees, in addition to the Senyar competition, which will also be held during the festival.

Al Qumash Presentation / 5-6 December

The 9th edition of the Traditional Dhow Festival will be brightened by ‘Al Qumash’ – a storytelling presentation by schoolchildren, giving details of Qatar’s rich pearl diving history, its glorious maritime history and the changes over time to the present day. Primary school boys and girls will provide a picturesque and absorbing presentation in two shows – at 7 pm and at 9 pm.


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