x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Traditional dhow race included in upcoming Al Gharbia Watersports Festival

Ten-day festival will see prize money of Dh3.5 million up for grabs.

There will be some welcome additions at Al Gharbia Watersports Festival. Mike Young / The National
There will be some welcome additions at Al Gharbia Watersports Festival. Mike Young / The National

ABU DHABI // The seventh and penultimate round of the Emirates Sailing Championship and the 60-foot dhow race have been included in the fifth Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, a 10-day event in the western region of Abu Dhabi from April 18 to 27.

The 60-foot dhow requires 20 to 25 men on-board and has already attracted nearly 100 boats from all over the country.

It is also the grand finale of the 10-day festival with the highest prize money of Dh3.5 million up for grabs.

"More than 2,000 men will be involved in the traditional dhow race," said Majed Al Muhairi, the chief executive of the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club. "It is appropriate they are rewarded with the top 70 boats to cross the finishing line to share the slice of the prize money. It ... will be one of the biggest draws in the festival."

There will be a further Dh1m at stake for the various sports including kiteboarding, ski kayaks, canoeing, regatta, beach football, and beach volleyball.

"The events are open to everyone who want to participate individually or as a team," said Saif Obaid Al Mazrouei, the head of the organising committee. "The theme this year is to make it more family entertainment by providing more musical shows, camping and family games ..."

Those who wish to participate can register at www.agharbiafestivals.com/watersports.

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