Formation of the Organizing Committee for Al Gaffal Race Headed by Bin Meshar

23 May 2021

The Board of Directors of the Dubai International Marine Club announced the formation of the Supreme Organizing Committee for the Al Gaffal Long Distance Race which is organized under the patronage and support of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council from the period 3rd - 5th of June 2021.

The Supreme Organizing Committee is headed by the Chairman of the Club Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar while the Vice Chairman is Saif Jumah Al Suwaidi with the members Rashid Thani Al Aail from the Club's Board of Director and the Chairman of Sports Committee, Mohammed Harib , the CEO of DIMC and Hazeem Al Gemzi the Director of Sports Department

The organizing committee prepares for the launch of the grand festival immediately after the directives of His Highness, the Crown Prince of Dubai, to organize the race in coordination with the government departments and national institution from the emirates including the responsible authorities for Sir Bu Na'air Island which is the starting point of the race since 1991. 

The organizing committee held its first meeting headed by Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar in attendance of the members, where  he discussed the necessary arrangements for the success of the upcoming event on its 30th edition that coincides with the 50th Year of the UAE and a few months before the launching of Dubai Expo 2020. 

The Committee directed the DIMC Team to work in the spirit of one team in order to complete all the task and preparations needed before the start of the countdown for the historic race that will bring together marine sports enthusiast. The said event will be held accordingly to the precautionary measure issued by the Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management and protocol issued by Dubai Sports Council. The participation will only be permitted if the participants have already completed the vaccine (two doses) and in addition to that a PCR Test 48 hours before their departure to Sir Bu Na'air Island from the boat owners, sailors, organizing committee and technical committee. 

As per the proposed schedule the of the event, Thursday (third of June) will be the date were all participants arrive to Sir Bu Na'air Island , the starting point of the race . The participants is also expected to complete technical inspection and procedures needed prior to the race day.

It was decided that Friday, the fourth of June, will be the date for the 30th edition of the Al Gaffal Long Distance Race, according to the weather conditions (sea and wind forecast )and in the event that the race cannot be held on that day, the start will be postponed to the next day, corresponding to the fifth of June.