The sixth annual Dhow Festival was held to a resounding success within Katara Cultural Village. The festival offers a marvellous insight to the wonders of life in the past when pearl diving, fishing and sailing the wooden dhows were part of life in Qatar.
Dhows on Display
Over a 125 dhows graced the anchor point of beautiful Katara Beach. Thousands of spectators turned up to observe the fascinating display that took one back on a nostalgic journey of the past. While most of the vessels were Qatar-based others arrived from Bahrain and Oman.
Pearl Boats and Oysters
Another fascinating aspect of the exhibition was the presence of smaller fishing vessels; these serving as fisher boats for pearl divers had fishermen on board shucking the oysters in search of pearls, quite a fine display that enlightened many on the ancient art that was Qatar’s main income for many years. These vessels were owned by pearl divers, Arab traders and fishermen who sailed in from nations such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Qatar. Katara Cultural Village which is close to most top hotels in Doha Qatar was a hive of activity as tourist eagerly watched the fascinating displays of tradition and culture.
Other Exhibits of Interest
Apart for exhibits centred on the dhows and pearl diving, there were displays of basket weaving, jewellery making and a variety of other artisans turning out traditional crafts. Of course, dazzling Souq Waqif a traditional Arabic market located around Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels is ideal for souvenir and holiday shopping. Bound to satisfy all hardcore shopaholics this market is a must visit for more products and culture as displayed at Katara Cultural Village.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+