New activities at the Fifth Historic Dalma Race Festival

Mustafa Al Deeb (Abu Dhabi)

The fifth historic Dalma Race Festival for Dhows, 60-foot class, held under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the Al Dhafra region, and organized by the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, and cultural and heritage festivals and Program Management Committee in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council unveiled the activities. And new competitions are part of his agenda, which will be on the island of Dalma from 7 to 20 May.

The festival’s supreme committee announced the organization of the Dalma Heritage Rowing Race in collaboration with the Emirates Heritage Club. The race consists of four rounds, first and second qualification for each race, in addition to the thirty best in the four rounds, to the fifth and final round. The top 40 boats to take part in this race were selected from those who had participated in the Abu Dhabi Heritage Rowing Race 40 feet within the activities of the Maritime Heritage Festival organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism at the Abu Dhabi Corniche last March.
The total prizes for the race amount to about 2.3 million dirhams, distributed to the owners of the first to tenth positions. In the last fifth round, the champion receives 130 thousand dirhams, while the second place receives one hundred thousand dirhams, and the third receives 80 thousand dirhams, then the rest of the amount is distributed gradually.
The Emirates Heritage Club will also be presenting an exhibition featuring images of sea life and the history of the ancient island from the archives of the Sheikh Zayed Gallery, a children’s studio as well as a seminar on the history of Dalma Iceland and a poetry evening entitled “Dalma in Nabati Poetry “, in addition to an exhibition of Emirates Heritage Club publications focusing on the books It deals with maritime heritage, the most important of which is the” Naval Atlas of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi “on its Arabic and English versions, the book” The Sea in the Emirates “, and the book” Marine Chants in the State “, in addition to a special section of Heritage magazine published by the club, in addition to a photo exhibition on the history of Dalma from the archives. Inheritance Council “. On the other hand, the festival’s top committee revealed the organization of the Kingfisher Hunting Championship for men and women, and the tournament opens its doors to amateurs, residents and visitors of all nationalities.

  • Obaid Khalfan Al Mazrouei
    Obaid Khalfan Al Mazrouei

Al Mazrouei: “Kanaad Fishing” aims to maintain safety at sea and encourage “amateurs”
Obaid Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Director of Planning and Projects in the Committee for the Management of Festivals and Cultural and Cultural Heritage Programs, said: The Kanaad Hunting Championship comes within Dalma Historical Festival competitions and 30 prizes have been awarded for what is more than worth 510,000 dirhams, of which 15 prizes for the men’s category and 15 prizes for the women’s category, to encourage fishermen and fishing enthusiasts and to strengthen the competitive spirit among them.
He added: The tournament also aims to maintain safety at sea against overfishing in accordance with state laws, organize fishing for kingfish, preserve traditional cultural heritage competitions expressing the Emirates’ maritime heritage, expand participation and make the competition seasonal for fishing enthusiasts, and introduce coasts and islands in the Al Dhafra region and create an opportunity for amateurs to engage in traditional fishing and to activate and spread the fishing hobby.
Al-Mazrouei stressed that the “threading method” with the hook is the only permitted method. Fishing with all types of reels is not allowed, including Hayali, Prism, nylon, naval guns, al-Manshalah or Boyeh and all other means. Handline fishing is prohibited to maintain the safety of participants.
The list of events that accompany the fifth historic Dalma Race Festival includes 9 sports tournaments: Dalma Standing Board Rowing Race, Angling Competition, Swimming Championships (Juniors), Swimming Championships (Adults), Cycling, Running (amateurs), Running (amateur). ) Professional), beach soccer tournament, beach volleyball tournament.
The heritage competitions include 5 tournaments: the Karem Championship for men and women, the domino championship for men and women, the cooking competition, the competition for the most beautiful women’s costume and the artist competition (drawing about Dalma). The list of inheritance games. also contains 14 games: combination, horse games, tug of war, jute, chairs, games of throwing the ball in the basket, installation of facial features, wheels, questions, drawing competition, short story, ring thread, flour, water games.

  • Hamid Al Rumaithi
    Hamid Al Rumaithi

Humaid Al Rumaithi: An expression of the originality and civilization of the Emirates and its ancient heritage
Humaid Saeed Boulahej Al Rumaithi, Director General of the Emirates Heritage Club, expressed his deepest thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the Al Dhafra region, for his generous sponsorship of the activities of the Fifth Historic Dalma Race Festival for 60-foot Dhows, emphasizing that the festival represents a heritage, sport and cultural event. It reflects the originality and civilization of the Emirates.
Al Rumaithi praised the distinguished collaboration between the Emirates Heritage Club and each of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, the Committee for the Management of Festivals and Cultural and Heritage Programs, and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and noted the importance of a concerted effort between heritage and cultural heritage. cultural bodies in the country to achieve its common mission by highlighting the true and bright face of the UAE in the Arab world and internationally.
He added: “Surely the maritime culture, its sport and its diverse traditions have remained the UAE’s most prominent face historically and form a large part of the heritage, personality and identity of the emirate community.”
He continued: “Marine races achieve important national goals that are at the heart of the Emirates Heritage Club’s mission, as maritime heritage retains its historic position by keeping it alive through such festivals that enjoy follow-up and interest from different generations. learn about the culture of the sea and its skills inherited from father to grandfather. “
Al Rumaithi also pointed out the importance of the festival because it helps to preserve the sustainability of heritage and cultural work and allows for more civilized dialogue between peoples.

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