Burj Al Arab is the finish line of the 32nd edition race

Locksmith. He sings the song "Parents and Grandparents" at the end of the marine season

The Al Gaffal 60ft Dhow Race, sponsored and supported by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, is the oldest, oldest and largest heritage race in the region since its inception in 1991 as a great message from the wise leadership to successive generations, in order to revive the past of parents and grandparents whose lives were linked to the sea, the source of goodness and abundant livelihood.

The Supreme Organising Committee has approved the Burj Al Arab Hotel as the finish line for the Grand Race, which starts from Sir Bu Nair Island through Moon Island for more than 50 nautical miles to the finish line.

The organizing committee of the race, as part of its keenness to hold the race in the best conditions, has decided, based on meteorological reports and the expected state of the sea in the coming hours, to postpone the start of the race, which was scheduled from today, until a new date to be determined according to weather reports and sea data and conditions.

Founded by the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in 1991, the Al Qaffal became a heritage carnival and a maritime festival awaited by everyone as an annual date renewed every year and brings together more than 3000,50 people in the waters of the Arabian Gulf in a unique demonstration and a sports epic starting from Sir Bu Nair Island through the island of the Moon (Nioh bin Handhul) to the shores of Dubai, to travel ships more than <> nautical miles, raising their white sails (oud and pen) on the page The blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, renewing the memory of the homeland with trips back from the diving season.

What is meant by (Al-Qaffal) is the end of the diving season, which is the moment when the diving ships prepare to return home, parents and children from diving trips after suffering, fatigue and hard work in diving and searching in the depths of the sea for pearls, which extends from four months to six months sometimes, and the great sardal announces the moment and signal to return home and family, after which the diving ships begin the journey back home to the sounds of the Nahamin in a great and joyful procession in which divers sing songs and poems of happiness and joy When the diving ships reach the city and the coast, the parents, women and children, gather to greet their families.


During its career, which exceeded three consecutive decades, the Al Gaffal race has witnessed many paradoxes since the establishment of the event in 1991, as boats and ships recorded outstanding achievements that appeared in many stories and epics, including the repetition of winning two consecutive seasons, which is a common occurrence that we learn about in the following narrative:

Four bearings were achieved in the 60-foot domestic sailing ship category: Buraq 30 in 1994 and 1995, Serdal 83 in 1996 and 1997, Buraq 30 again in 2001 and 2002 and the earthquake 25 in 2016 and 2017.

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