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Hamdan bin Rashid receives delegation from Dubai International Marine Club, Supreme Organising Committee of Al Gaffal Race

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, yesterday received a delegation from the Dubai International Marine Club and the Supreme Organising Committee of the 28th Al Gaffal Race for traditional 60-foot racing dhows, which began at Seer BuNaeer Island and ended at the tourism port in Dubai, and was organised by the club and held on 14th May. The race’s organizing committee and participants thanked Sheikh Hamdan for his support. During the meeting, which was attended by Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, and Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director-General of the Health Authority in Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan was briefed about a report presented by Ahmed Saeed bin Mishar Al Muhairi on the media coverage of the race. He was also briefed by the committee, as well as by participating mariners and sailors, about the events they witnessed during the race. Sheikh Hamdan praised the success of the race’s 28th edition in terms of its number of participants, as well as the interaction between the entire community, and the coverage of local and international media outlets. He also congratulated the race’s participants and winners and praised the efforts of government departments, national institutions and the race’s organising committee, especially for its decision to postpone the launch of the race from Saturday, 12th May to Monday, 14th May, which contributed to the race’s success. Al Muhairi said that the directives of Sheikh Hamdan, who is the race’s sponsor, contributed to its successful planning. Sheikh Hamdan received a special shield from Al Qatami, on behalf of the Dubai International Marine Club, its members and the race’s participants. Mohammad Abdulla Harib, Member of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Club, said that the shield presented to Sheikh Hamdan is painted in gold and contains the UAE map and Al Gaffal logo. The race saw the victory of the ship "Ghazi 103," which is owned by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, and was led by Shipmaster Ahmed Saeed Al Rumaithi, while second place went to "Buraq 33," which is owned by Ahmed Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi and led by his son, Shipmaster Rashid. The ship, "Altaf 9," which is owned by Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi and led by Shipmaster Khalifa Thani Abed Al Marri, came in third place.

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Al Gaffal Dhow Race

Since 1991, the Al Gaffal Race has been a highlight of Dubai's watersports calendar. Harking back to the days of pearl fishing,this dhow race for 60ft (18m) ships is a source of great pride for all those who take part. The finale of the 2018-2019 watersports racing season organised by Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the Emirati-only race is supported by His Royal Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin RashidAl Maktoum, UAE Finance Minister and Deputy Ruler of Dubai. ManyEmirati families trace their ancestry to the pearl trade. The race was established in honour of these brave Emirati divers, who played a key role in the development of Dubai as an international trading port. By taking part in the race, younger generations are helping keep the skills and traditions alive while paying homage to their forefathers. The race begins at 5:30am, with a lengthy route which takes in some of the most iconic features of Dubai's coastline. You can watch the race from the coastline, or take advantage of one of the specially-chartered ferries that take to the water to view the action up close.

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