121 Boats Confirm Participation in the 33rd Al Gaffal Race

13 May 2024

The Higher Organizing Committee of the 33rd Al Gaffal 60ft Traditional Dhow Sailing Race, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, continues its technical preparations for the launch of the 33rd edition of the race

The great race was founded by the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and has been organized by the Dubai International Marine Club since 1991. It commences from Sir Bu Nair Island, passes through Moon Island, and concludes at the Dubai shore, covering a race distance of more than 50 nautical miles.

121 dhow boats have confirmed their participation in the event, wherein on Wednesday, they will retrace the footsteps of their forefathers, returning home from diving and fishing trips in search of abundant livelihoods.

The Higher Organizing Committee of the 33rd Al Gaffal Race, headed by Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Dubai International Marine Club, along with Saif Juma Al Suwaidi, Vice Chairman of the Committee, and board members Khalid Ali Al Balooshi and Mohammed Abdullah Harib, held a meeting yesterday to oversee the latest updates and preparations for the race.

The meeting took place at the Al Gaffal Village, located on the open beach in Umm Sequim 2, and was attended by the Chairman and members of the Higher Organizing Committee, along with Col. Ali Abdulla Al Naqbi, acting Deputy Director of the Ports Police Station, Mohammed Al Marri, Director of the Sports Affairs Department at DIMC, and some department heads.

During the meeting, the Higher Organizing Committee of the 33rd Al Gaffal Race discussed the latest weather forecast for the week and reports from the National Center of Meteorology (NCM) to ensure that the race will happen under the best possible conditions.

Ahmed Saeed bin Meshar, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of the 33rd Al Gaffal Race, emphasized the necessity of working towards a successful event, ensuring the race complies with security and safety standards, and facilitating the participants' travel to and from Sir Bu Nair Island on the day of the race.


In an effort to ensure the safety of the participants, the Higher Organizing Committee of the 33rd  Al Gaffal Race notified all boat owners, captains and sailors participating in the race not to move or sail towards Sir Bu Nair Island unless they are notified by the organizing committee.