General Meeting will be held today at Westin in preparation for the 29th Al Gaffal Long Distance Race which is held annually as the final heat of the 60ft Dhow Sailing Race under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Finance Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It has been announced earlier that the final race will be on the 27th of the next month which will start from Sir Bu Na'air Island to Dubai Coast with a distance of 50 nautical miles. ]
The organizing committee initiate the meeting with the government departments and national institution including the Dubai Police, Coast Guard, Civil Defense , Dubai Maritime City Authority , Dubai Media Incorporated, Abu Dhabi Media, Palm Jumeirah , Nakheel and etc.,
The meeting is expected to discuss all the relevant preparation needed in the success of the most awaited race of the season with the DIMC Chairman, Ahmed Saeed bin Meshar with Ali Nasser Belhabala, Vice Chairman with the DIMC CEO, Mohammed Harib and Hezaim Al Gemzi the Director of Sports Department to lead the organizing committee of the 29th Al Gaffal Long Distance Race.
Preparation for the closing race of the 60ft Dhow Sailing Race started, great appreciation and thanks for the continuous support of HH Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum , Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance which reaches its 29th version of the Al Gaffal Long Distance Race which will be on the next month , April.
The organizing committee honored the government departments and national institutions which contribute a lot in the success of the said event thru their support all throughout the season.
The general meeting was held last Monday (25th of March 2019) in the Westin , Mina Seyahi headed by the DIMC Vice Chairman, Ali Nasser Belhabala with Hezaim Al Gemzi the Director of Sports Department with Mohammad Abdulla Alshamsi, the acting CEO , attended by the various government department and national institution (Dubai Police , Civil Defense , Sharjah Police, Dubai Media Incorporated, Abu Dhabi Media , Dubai Ambulance, Led Security Consultancy which discussed the preparation for the upcoming big race.
It was discussed that the plan will be on the 24th – 25th of April start of the Safety inspection at Sir Bu Na’air Island and if the weather is good the race will be on Friday, the 26th of April if not then it will be on Saturday. The race will be around 51 nautical miles from Sir bu Na’air Island to Moon Island until the finish line at Burj al Arab.
The preparation for the final race continues as the club open it's registration today for the 29th Al Gaffal Long Distance Race to Dubai) under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum , Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance which will commenced from 25th-28th of this month
The Dubai International Marine Club, organizing committee has began its early preparation for the success of the great race which will embodies the UAE heritage and culture from the past livelihood from their ancestor.
The organizing committee is working hard to ensure that the vision of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, patron of the event and owner of the idea that started this race will be achieved thru providing ahugh standards of security abnd safety of the owners and the skippers involved in the race where the committee is considering the best condition of the sea from 25-28th of April.
The big race will kick off from Sir Bu Na'air Island to Moon Island towards the finish line at the iconic Burj Al Arab with a distance of 51 nautical miles.
As part of the early preparation of the organizing committee headed by the DIMC Chairman , Ahmed Saeed bin Meshar with Ali Nasser Belhabala, DIMC Vice Chairman in behalf of the board members and the Race Director Hezaim Al Gemzi announced that the registration for the big race starts today until the 23rd of April.
Ali Nasser Belhabala , DIMC Vice Chairman have extend his sincere thanks to HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his continues support of the race. He also praises the support from government department and national institution for achieving the success of the event which is described as the biggest & expensive traditional dhow sailing race.
The Organizing Committee continues preparation for the 29th Al Gaffal Long Distance Race which is held annually under the patronage and support of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum , Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance which will commence on 25-28th this month.
The big race is organized by Dubai International Marine Club in cooperation with government departments and national institutions of Sir Bu Na'air Island in the heart of the Arabian Gulf towards the finish line off Dubai 's shores through the Moon Island with a distance of more than 50 nautical miles.
The organizing committee visit the Sir Bu Na'air Island to complete its preparation to the race and to coordinate with the officials on the Island to secure the safety of the sailors that will arrived in the Island prior to the race.
In the meeting present are the Sir Bu Na'air officials lead by Faisal Jassim Al Dokhi the General Commander of Sharjah Police station in Sir Bu Na'air Island with Lt. Col. Ali Abdullah Naqbi , Head of Maritime Rescue Department at Dubai Police and First Lt. Rahman with Hezaim Al Gemzi , Director of Sports Dept with him is Ateq Mubarak Hassan from the Aviation Security and Safety with the DIMC Medical Coordinator Wafiq Ahmed with DIMC Photographer Mohammed Idris & Jamal Al Rashdi from Dubai Sports TV Channel.
The organizing committee led by Hezaim , appreciate the great efforts and support from the officials of Sir Bu Na'air Island from the beginning of the race since 1991 led by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum , Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.
The big race is set to commence from 25-28th this month wherein the committee is still receiving registration of participation and regularly checking the state of the sea (weather forecast) in order to ensure the best condition for the race as per the safety of all the racers.
He also pointed out that the participants should comply with the regulations being implemented in the Sir Bu Na'air Island to maintain its environmental cleanliness by not throwing waste that could harm the coral reefs.