22ft Dhow Sailing Race Kicks off on Saturday

06 October 2020

The Dubai International Marine Club has set the new season launching on Saturday, 10th of October 2020, with the first round of the 22ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race as the first event of the new marine sports season 2020-2021, which was organized by the club in accordance with the protocol issued by the Dubai Sports Council regarding the pandemic Corona virus.

The Dubai International Marine Club Board of Director had approved the proposed calendar during their monthly meeting yesterday morning (Tuesday) held at the headquarter of Victory Team in Jebel Ali headed by Ahmed Saeed bin Meshar, Chairman of the Board of Director , with the presence of Saif Juma Al Suwaidi, the Vice Chairman and the members, Rashid Thani Al-Aail and Jamal Zaal bin Kreshan , Essa Mohamed Elhag Nasser, and Khalid Ali Al Balooshi , in addition to that the CEO of DIMC , Mohammed Hareb and Mohammad Al Shamsi, the Director of Admin Corporate Support.

In the monthly meeting of the board of director discussed including in the agenda is the race calendar and the set of activities for the new season 2020-2021, which carries a diverse events developed within the framework of the club and with the interest of the big segments of the society. The club first initiative after the national sterilization period was the Dubai Watersports Summer Week during the month of June and the event “We Paddle for Dubai” at the end of August which was held in the most prestigious boulevard in the Burj Khalifa Water Lake near the dancing fountain show.

It was announced by the organizing committee at the Dubai International Marine Club that on Saturday the first round of the 22ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race will take place on Saturday after the decision was made after the committee's first race meeting of the new season. The 22ft Dhow Race will bring together the Youth and Junior in one race , which serve them as academy to practice the sailing sports. The participants will use a small heritage boat with white sails accommodating 4-5 person on board working together to direct the boat towards the finish line which is around 5 nautical miles. 

The organizing committee issues a set of instruction and protocol for the upcoming race which adhere to limit the spread of the pandemic coronavirus. This set of instruction was issued by the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority to be implemented to all the sports club and with the approved protocol by the Dubai Sports Council, the official sport’s governing body of the Government of Dubai.

In order to clarify and enlighten all the participants the organizing committee decided to hold a race briefing online with the Race Director, Hazeem Al Gemzi that will explain the race instruction further and will respond to all the inquiries of the participants for the upcoming race since it will be the first activity of the club in the new season.

It is worth mentioning that the Dubai International Marine Club was behind the declaration of this category in 1999 when His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, ordered the launching of a new class for the future generation of aspiring sailors which inherit the skills of their parent and grandparents form their past culture.