The tenth edition of Katara Traditional Dhow Festival will be held from 1st to 5th December involving the participation of Qatar and four other countries including Oman, Kuwait, Tanzania and Iraq.
Held under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the festival has a distinguished identity, which highlights authentic maritime traditions drawing inspiration from the rich heritage of Qatar.
Katara in a press statement mentioned that the festival includes several marine shows and competitions, apart from various cultural activities and events reflecting ancestral heritage. It also throws light on ancient maritime history, aimed at restoring culture and preserving folk heritage.
Among the activities would be exhibition display of maritime heritage collections from various countries, pavilions displaying traditional handicrafts, workshops showcasing ship-building process, ancient crafts, and other marine competitions.
The festival will also include a story-telling session, and traditional stage shows at the beach front, apart from other competitions like Al Shoush, Al Tafris, and Al Haddaq. The Omani Folk Band will provide artistic performances in the mornings and evenings on all days of the festival.
The Katara General Manager, Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti said, “The 10th edition of Katara Traditional Dhow Festival is being launched this year amidst continuing health and safety precautionary measures against Covid-19 as per Ministry of Public Health Protocols to protect all members of society.”
“The distinguished festival is based on the remarkable success it has achieved in the past decade as the most important international cultural and heritage forum that restores maritime heritage in its originality, arts and tradition, through activities that contribute in culturally enriching the younger generation. The festival is much awaited each year and has a special place in the hearts of its fans and visitors,” he said.
Over the years, the festival has been drawing wide attention of researchers, people in the region and, across the world, for its heritage maritime paintings which reflect customs, traditions and strong link with marine life, and an embodiment with the past, including its noble values and traditions that extend to the present.
“The festival is part of the continuous efforts by Katara to showcase culture and heritage, and in preserving the national identity,” Dr. Al-Sulaiti said.
The Katara Traditional Dhow Festival is culturally unique in many ways, wherein the Katara beachfront comes alive with activities of dhow boats, traditional sea fishing methods, ancient maritime market place, modern gadgetry and authentic traditional festivities, along with food and music.
The festival has grown exponentially in the years, with traditions being revived and renewed, and it holds a valuable stature as a leading destination for culture and heritage and attracts visitors of all nationalities.
The event will open doors to visitors from 9am to 12noon, and from 3.30pm to 10pm every day, and on 4th December from 3.30pm until 11pm.