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Hadaq: Traditional fishing contest for kids

Hadaq: Traditional fishing contest for kids

Tribune News Network
AS part of the ongoing Senyar Festival, the Katara beach witnessed a traditional fishing competition (Hadaq) for children, on Sunday. The contest was introduced this year.
Thirty children aged between 10 and 13 years took part in the competition held at the Katara beach in the presence of a large number of people, including families. The event started at 4pm and continued until sunset.
The organising committee said that the purpose of the competition was to familiarise children with Qatar's maritime heritage and strengthen their bond with the traditions of their fathers and forefathers.
Moreover, the Hadaq for elders, which was part of the Senyar Festival, concluded at Katara beach on Saturday evening with a grand ceremony (Ghaffal) that drew a huge crowd.
Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti gave away prizes to winners.
The first prize went to the team Al Falah led by Mohammed Abdullah al Khulaifi, with the largest catch weighing 258.4kg. Team Al Qassar won the second prize with 196.8 kg of fish. It was led by Hassan Khalf al Kubaisi. The third prize went to Sharao team, led by Ahmed Abdul Rahman al Darwish, with184.8 kg of fish.
The team Haql Al Shamal won a special prize for catching the biggest fish weighing 15.5kg.
The first-prize winning team was awarded a cash prize worth QR400,000, while winners of the second and third positions got cash prizes worth QR300,000 and QR200,000, respectively.
The competition began early on Thursday morning when 64 teams comprising 832 people set sail in wooden boats. They spent two days and nights in the sea fishing from early morning until sunset. The competition concluded on Saturday noon after which they returned to the Katara beach with the catch.
A number of families gathered at the Katara beach on Saturday to receive the participating teams.
Jihad al Jaida, a member of the organising committee said that the traditional fishing competition over the years has gained tremendous popularity, reflecting the traditional affinity of the people in Qatar with the sea.


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