Details of Al Gaffal Dhow Race 2019
Date: 27th April 2019
Venue: Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh Road
The 29th Al Gaffal Dhow Race will kick start at the small desolate island of Sir Bu Nair, advances towards the east for 50 seafaring miles to the Moon Island before terminating at the iconic Burj Al Arab. Over 100 traditional boats measuring 60 feet (18 meters) each will partake in the long-distance sailing contest organized by DIMC.
The Emiratis take great pride in participating in this Dhow Race as it reminds them of the days when pearl diving was a key occupation. By partaking in the race, younger generations are making a commendable contribution in keeping the skills & traditions alive whilst extolling their forefathers.
The perk is this vivacious race is free to watch. You can cherish the enthralling view of white sails crowding the Persian Gulf from the shore or by booking a seat on exclusively chartered Dubai Ferri rides. Get your seats reserved in advance to avoid any potential hassles at the last moment.
Though the race is scheduled to kick start at 5:30 a.m., the schedule may vary according to the weather conditions. You may keep yourself updated with the event details by referring to Dubai Tourism Information given on trusted sites.
Enthralling facts about the iconic Al Gaffal Dhow Race
1. This iconic boat race is reserved exclusively for the locals. In a city that is home to over 200 nationalities; it is rare to find an event whose crew members will only be Emiratis.
2. The race is supported by royalty. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Finance Minister is the principal financer of the event.
3. The traditional Dhow race holds its origin from the days of pearl diving which was once a key occupation in the Arabian Gulf.
4. The Route followed by the race show offs some of the magnificent parts of Dubai coastline. The race starts at the desolate Sir Bu Nair Island, heads east for 23 maritime miles to an important check-point at Moon Island, before terminating at the spectacular Burj Al Arab hotel.