The boats from the Kingdom of Bahrain and Oman snatched the top spot at the Dubai Traditional Rowing Race organized by Dubai International Marine Club on Friday as part of the marine sports season 2019-2020 in conjunction with the Dubai Fitness Challenge (#Dubai30x30)
The Dubai Water Canal in the Al Jaddaf area near the Dubai Creek Wildlife Sanctuary witnessed a great maritime heritage sport gathering of 470 individuals competed strongly on 42 elite boats divided into two halves with a race distance of 2.3 KM. The event is the opening round of the rowing race in the new season 2019-2020 which include two rounds per season and the next round is set to be scheduled on 8th of the next month (November) and the Al Maktoum Cup on the 22nd of it.
The Bahrain’s boat “Khalidiya” 54 owned by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and led by Ahmed Bin Nasser Bin Hassan, impressed the crowd in the first half, which carried the orange flag to overtake 20 boats and competed in the second half their other boat. The Bahrain’s boat makes their second appearance in the Dubai Traditional Rowing Race after participating for the last season for the first time.
In the second place is boat no. 60 “Al Tayar” owned by Hazza Mohammed Al Muhairi and led by Ebrahim Sultan Al Marzouqi while on the third spot is the the Dubai Police boat no. 3 (the defending champion Dubai 2017-2018 and runner-up 2018-2019) Under the leadership of the Dubai Police General Headquarters and led by Mohammed Ismail Mashmoum Al-Falasi .
In the second half with the green flag, we saw the excitement and thrill of the competition as the boat from the GCC emerged. Humaid bin Salim bin Humaid Al Bahri from boat 44 “Oman” won the first place as his crew pushed thru in the finish line and maintained their title as the last season winner.
While the boat no. 53 “Victorious” owned by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and led by Hamad Khalid Al Rameehi take the second spot amid the chase from the boat Oman 44 to the last meters. On the third spot is boat no. 18 “Khazam 1” owned by Sheikh Majid bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi and led by the veteran Abdulla Ahmed Mohamed Ahmedou.
Right after the race was the prize giving ceremony for the top 3 winners of each half as the following : Al Khalidiya (45), Al Tayar (60), Dubai Police GHQ(3) for the first half and Oman (44), Victorious(53) and Khazam 1 (18) for the second half. Led by the presence of Mohammed Hareb the DIMC CEO , Lt. Col. Ali Abdullah Al Naqbi, the head of the maritime rescue department at Dubai Police , Hezaim Al Gemzi the Director of Sports Department and Mohammed Al Shamsi the Director of Admin Corporate Support.
1. Al Khalidiya (54) , 2. Al Tayar (60), 3. Dubai Police GHQ (3), 4. Al Zaabi (8), 5. Asas(39), 6. Dubai/1(51), 7. ADNOC (12), 8. Shabab Al Marfa (34) , 9. Al Qartasi (25), 10. Wadi Ham (77)
1.Oman(44), 2. Victorious(53), 3. Khazam 1(18), 4. Gulfar 1(55), 5. Muzahem(70), 6. Khazam(23), 7. Wadi Saham(2), 8. Al Tarf(80), 9. Dubai Police GHQ(1), 10. Dubai (5)