WATCH: 10th Katara Traditional Dhow Festival

WATCH: 10th Katara Traditional Dhow Festival

By QLNews

Qatar has a deep-rooted history with the traditional sailing boats, also known as dhows. It was in these boats that Qataris went out to sea in search of pearls and fishes.

Even after the discovery of gas on its shores, Qatar has made it a point to continue its deep affection and love for dhows.

Ten years back, Qatar launched an event that celebrated the history of the boats. In its latest iteration; the 10th Katara Traditional Dhow Festival began at the Katara Cultural Village on December 1 and will run until December 5.

Katara

The opening ceremony was attended by HE the Minister of State and President of Qatar National Library Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, HE the Former Minister of Energy and Industry Dr. Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, General Manager of Katara Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti, and a number of ambassadors, dignitaries, and visitors.

They marked the opening by taking a traditional dhow ride, followed by a tour of various sections of the festival including activities that reflect on the heritage of Qatar and highlight their relationship with the sea.

 

Participating countries in this edition along with Qatar are Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, India, and Zanzibar.

Katara

The festival features exhibitions of the maritime heritage collections from the participating countries, special pavilions for traditional handicrafts, several workshops for making ships and ancient maritime crafts, and the heritage marine competitions at the Katara Beach (Shoush, Haddaq, and Tafrees).

There will also be story-telling sessions and traditional stage shows at the Katara beach.

Katara

This edition of the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival also features Omani Folk Band. Artistic performances by the band can be enjoyed by the visitors on all days of the festival.

“Katara Traditional Dhow Festival is considered a vital and important part of the cultural life of Qatar, and indeed the Arabian Gulf, and an important contribution to the world heritage," says HE Dr al-Kawari.

HE Dr al-Kawari praised the organizers for holding the festival for the 10th year in a row while also being keen to have new additions annually, making it not only a cultural event but also a social, artistic, and heritage event.

The festival is taking place from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and from 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm daily. On December 4, the festival will open to the visitors from 3:30 pm until 11:00 pm.

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content.

Instagram - @qatarliving

Twitter - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

YouTube qatarlivingofficial

Cover & Inline Image Source: Katara/ Twitter 
COVID-19 Banner
Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

MoPH explains procedure for COVID-19 vaccination at QNCC

MoPH explains procedure for COVID-19 vaccination at QNCC

In order to ensure the safety of society and an effective vaccination process, MoPH had explained that invitations for the vaccination will be sent in a gradual and phased manner.
Qatar's Almoez Ali appointed UNESCO ambassador

Qatar's Almoez Ali appointed UNESCO ambassador

Qatar's national team player and Al Duhail's forward, Almoez Ali, has recently been appointed a national ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to support football as a global heritage of humanity.
PHCC begins administering Moderna vaccine at three health centers

PHCC begins administering Moderna vaccine at three health centers

The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has begun administering Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in three of its health centers. These are Al Wajba, Lebaib, and Thumama.
QL Exclusive: An interview with the visual artist Mohammed Kamal Al Emadi

QL Exclusive: An interview with the visual artist Mohammed Kamal Al Emadi

Qatar Living speaks to visual artist, Mohammed Kamal Al Emadi, to learn more about his journey.
WATCH: QL Adventure Monster Bus tour in the desert

WATCH: QL Adventure Monster Bus tour in the desert

For this edition, QL Team took a ride through the mighty dunes in the exclusive off-road Monster Bus. This is an experience you would never want to miss, says the team.
WATCH: Qatar Living test drives Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac CT4

WATCH: Qatar Living test drives Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac CT4

Team Qatar Living took Cadillac’s stunning SUV, the XT5, and Cadillac’s equally captivating sedan, the CT4, for a test drive.
WATCH: Why is Toyota Land Cruiser so popular in Qatar?

WATCH: Why is Toyota Land Cruiser so popular in Qatar?

While there may be several other luxury and sports cars that catch your eye, you may wonder what it is about the Land Cruiser that makes it a popular pick by many in Qatar?
WATCH: QNB Stars League - Week 16 highlights

WATCH: QNB Stars League - Week 16 highlights

The 2020-21 season QNB Stars League’s Week 16 fixtures, held on Saturday and Sunday (February 13 and 14, 2021), witnessed hot action. A total of 11 goals were scored over six matches, all of which ended in victories.