Fath Al Khair sets sail this week
A 27-day long journey across the GCC
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Katara’s 3rd Traditional Dhow Festival, which is one of the largest festivals in the region and the world specialized in maritime heritage, will take place in Qatar next week.
To celebrate, the Fath Al Khair dhow will set sail on November 22 at Katara beach and embark on 27 day long journey travelling along the GCC shores passing through Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Dubai, and KSA.
Fath El Khair is a 45-metre-plus traditional sailboat built exclusively for the Emir of Qatar, Al Thani in 1983 by Amireya workshop in Qatar. Initially made to promote tourism trips for the Ministry of Information and Tourism, Fath El Khair is now part of the cultural and heritage initiatives of Qatar Museums Authority.
Hasan Al Kaabi, Dhow Captain, said: “I am very proud to lead this amazing journey and showcase Qatar’s heritage and history to the millions living in this region. The sea played a huge role in our past, it was the bridge of exchange between different cultures and societies in Qatar and the rest of the region, and we are here to bring this back to life once again with the support of our young generation.”
GCC citizens who have expertise in the field of sea navigation as well as Qatari youths who have a desire to learn about this kind of travel and adventure will have the opportunity to take part in this trip.
The Katara Festival runs November 19 – 23 this year in Qatar.