Dubai International Marine Club hosts traditional dhow racing season opener

The eight-month long championship kicks off with a 22ft dhow sail race

What better way to take advantage of Dubai’s extended coastline than at a good ol’ fashioned dhow race?

Taking place on Friday September 14, Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) will be kicking off its 2018-19 season of traditional and new water sport racing with a dhow sailing race.

During the eight-month championship season, with the big finale being in April 2019, races will consist of three rounds each for 22ft, 43ft and 60ft dhow boats. There will be four rounds of the 30ft rowing championships.

Races will take place throughout the year, with the next round being the 43ft Dubai traditional dhow sailing race taking place on Saturday October 6.

The event is free to watch, and is the perfect way to see just how fast these boats can go as they fill the Arabian gulf with their white sails. Previous years has seen around 100 boats enter the championship, making it a spectacle to watch.

Founded in 1988, DIMC is an organisation that runs around 150 events a year. It first organised the racing event to encourage marine sports and to show off traditional dhow boats in all their glory.

Meanwhile, you like life on the water, you can spend this Eid aboard the QE2 from Dhs699.
Free. Fri Sep 14. Dubai International Marine Club, Al Sofouh Road, Mina Seyahi, dimc.ae (04 399 5777).

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