43ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race Takes Over Dubai's Shores This Saturday

17 October 2023

Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) announced the opening of registration for the first round of the 43ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race which is set to takes over Dubai Shore this Saturday, under the current sports season 2023-2024.

The organizing committee at DIMC encourages boat owners and sailors to participate in one of the oldest traditional Dhow Sailing Races through the club's website, , up until this Friday.

Rashid Thani Al Ail, a Board Member and Chairman of the Sports Committee at DIMC, extends a warm welcome to the racers as they gear up for the new sports season, which was launched last month with the inaugural round of the 22ft Dhow Sailing Race. He has confirmed that this new season includes a variety of sporting events for water sports enthusiasts, featuring approximately 10 races dedicated to traditional racing in various categories, including 22ft, 43ft, and 60ft Dhow Sailing Races.

Rashid also conveys his best wishes to all the participants for the upcoming race and expresses his hopes for the success of the organizing committee, which always engages with participants to gather valuable insights on how to enhance the race.


43ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race represents one of the oldest categories in traditional races. The first official race in this category took place on 29 January 1988, coinciding with the establishment of the Dubai International Marine Club(DIMC). During that time, 19 boats participated in the inaugural race, with boat number 15 clinching the title.

Marine racing history records that the first two editions of the Al Gaffal Long Distance Race, in 1991 and 1992 was participated by 43ft Dhow boats and a joint race with 60ft Dhow Boats prior to fully shifting the Al Gaffal Race to a 60 footer dhow proving that it can withstand the wind and the waves from sailing to Sir Bu Na’air Island to Dubai Coast.