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9th Katara Traditional Dhow Festival begins
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9th Katara Traditional Dhow Festival begins

The 9th edition of Qatar’s Traditional Dhow Festival, which is held under the patronage of His Highness The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and organized by The Cultural Village Foundation – Katara, got off to a soulful start by the pristine Katara beach on Tuesday afternoon.
The festival, which is inspired by Qatar’s rich maritime heritage and celebrates history through cultural events, was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sualiti, General Manager of The Cultural Village Foundation – Katara, in the presence of Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, and Dr. Mohammed Saleh Abdullah Al Sada, Former Minister of Energy and Industry.
The festival which is over two weeks long with the participation of 11 countries -- Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Turkey, India, Greece, Italy, Spain, Iran, and Zanzibar – will attract audiences till December 16 from 9 AM to noon, and from 3 am to 10 pm.
“This is the first time that the Dhow Festival is being held over two weeks. It is also coinciding with the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup Football Tournament and the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019,” said H.E. Dr. Sulaiti soon after the opening.
“The Dhow Festival is the most distinguished among the traditional and cultural festivals and seeks to inspire the young generation to learn and follow from their forefathers’ cultural past.
“Katara Cultural Village has put in all efforts for people of all ages and from all walks of life to come and see this exciting and encouraging festival. We expect many more people this time and of all nationalities, and also fans of football who are and will be in Qatar through sport,” added Dr. Sulaiti.
Wearing a serene look and accompanied by sounds of traditional music and dance, the festival features a programme packed with activities, events and exhibitions, traditional art, in addition to competitions, cultural and recreational activities.
From traditional methods of fishing, market place, shipbuilding, ropes, sail, dredging machine, craftsmanship, trade, tools to classic dhow boats, traditional food and seafood, music, and even fancy footwear, the 9th edition has a lot on offer.
Maritime museums, on all days, narrate landmark periods in maritime history, while there are also folk band performances and art workshops for children.
The festival also includes a forum that will host the crew of Fath Al Khair 4, which completed a historic voyage in Europe promoting the 2022 FIFA World Cup last July.
Maritime competitions including rowing, sailing, Al Haddaq, free swimming, Al Brikha, Al Jinan, Shoush and Tafrees, in addition to Senyar competition, will also be held during the course of the two-week long festival.

Schoolchildren to present ‘Al Qumash’ over the weekend
The 9th edition of Qatar’s Traditional Dhow Festival will be brightened by the presentation of ‘Al Qumash’ – a storytelling presentation by schoolchildren dwelling in detail about Qatar’s rich pearl diving history, the glorious past sea history, and the change through the course of time to the present day – on Thursday (December 5) and Friday (December 6).
Primary school boys and girls will provide for a picturesque and absorbing presentation of the show twice from 7 pm, and later at 9 pm.

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