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Katara Traditional Dhow Festival extended until Tuesday

  • 15 December 2019
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Katara Traditional Dhow Festival extended until Tuesday
The 9th Katara Traditional Dhow Festival, which began at the beachfront esplanade of The Cultural Village – Katara on December 3 and was to conclude on December 16, has now been extended by a day till December 17 owing to its large popularity and big public response.
The festival is held from 9am to 12noon, and from 3pm to 10pm every day.
Culturally unique and for the first time being held for over a fortnight, the festival has been bustling with activities of dhow boat competitions, sea cruises, period maritime market place, traditional sea fishing methods, modern gadgetry, and pristine traditional festivities accompanied by food, dance and music.
Having grown exponentially over the years, the dhow festival - where traditions are revived and renewed - has been witnessing a large turn out of people.
Inspired by Qatar's rich maritime heritage, this year’s festival has over ten countries including Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Zanzibar participating having built culturally attractive ‘tents’.
The fair hits a busy note right since the mornings with dhow boats making the waters come alive with their charm and attraction.
And in the evenings, as the sun sets over the Doha skyline, the traditional fishermen making the festival come alive with customary depiction of sea-farers going home, and with lights and music leading to stage story-telling and marine tradition shows.
This year, the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival has coincided with FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 and is seeing a lot of football fans from all over the world as first time visitors. 
The best of maritime history through museums and memoirs are on display at the various national pavilions have found a large and deep interest from visitors of all nationalities.
The Katara Traditional Dhow Festival enjoys a distinguished and distinct identity and highlights authentic maritime traditions inspired by Qatar’s ancestral past.

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