The only Dhow Festival in the region, this year the event at Katara will showcase over 100 dhows from across the Gulf. Starting on Tuesday 13 November, There will be 13 different types of dhows originating from Bahrain, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and Qatar. Owners and crews of these traditional sea vessels will be present to meet and greet visitors, sharing secrets of the trade in an effort to preserve Qatari culture.
In addition to the dhows on display, Katara will host a variety of events including dhow cruises, fireworks, traditional performers, live dhow building, a light show, a rowing competition, children’s workshops and museum displays from galleries across the Gulf. There will also be the Pearl Diving competition, beginning on Thursday 15 November at 4 pm, where 156 members of 12 teams embark upon a three day journey to collect as many pearls as possible using the traditional methods and tools of diving. To mark the end of the festival, an award ceremony announcing the winners of the various competitions will take place on Saturday 17 November at 6 pm.