People of the Sea: Thank You, Hamdan bin Muhammad

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Seafarers, owners and sailors taking part in the Al Gaffal 31 60-foot local dhow race, which departs from Sir Bu Nair Island tomorrow, sponsored the event, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.

The Nawakhatha, owners and sailors who participated in the 31st edition, praised the continued succession and great support of His Highness, the sponsor of the event, faith that contributed to the continuation of the great event, which is a heritage marine sports carnival, which has been awaited by everyone in the UAE as it was the culmination of the activities of the marine sports season in Dubai.

The grand event is organized by the Dubai International Marine Club, in collaboration with successful partners of government departments and national institutions. Today, the club’s convoy arrives at Sir Bu Nair Island in preparation for the launch of tomorrow’s 31st issue, which a distance of more than 50 nautical miles that runs through the island of Moon (Newa Bin Hanzoul) to the finish line opposite the Burj Al Arab Hotel on the coast of (Umm Suqeim).

skip 103

Captain Ahmed Saeed Al Rumaithi, captain of the 103rd ship owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is aiming to win the race title for the sixth time in the history of the big event, after winning the Al Gaffal Race title in 2004, 2006, 2013, 2015 and 2018.


The Nawakhas, owners and sailors participating in the forthcoming issue, praised the generous care and great support of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who contributed to the continuation of the legacy of the founder of the late race, God Almighty, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, may his soul rest in peace. As a historical epic that expresses the extent of the attachment and interest of the people of the Emirates with their heritage, and the extent to which generations are attached to the past of grandparents and great-grandparents. fathers.

The first sailor and veteran sailor, Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi, founder of Al Udeid Group for Heritage Boats, said: The great support of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the sponsor of the race, represents the motivation for all who participate. sailors and sailors, and increase the levels of enthusiasm and competition, and increase our youth’s attachment to the inherent heritage of the past. And the legacy of the late, as God wills, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, may God rest his soul. , the founder of the race.

Al Rumaithi added: The continuation of the Al Qaffal event through these decades confirms beyond any doubt the importance of this race, which reflects the extent of the Emirati people’s love for the sea, which is a source of goodness and abundant food. is, which praises the role. of the wise leadership and his constant effort to bring happiness to the various segments of society.

solid base

Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi was of the opinion that the Al Qaffal race was one of the important heritage events, which for three consecutive decades formed a special sentiment in the UAE, as it established a strong launch for the marine heritage races, and ‘ was a source for the launch. of many ideas, which contributed to the creation of a solid base of practitioners, which contributed to the communication generations as the number of participants increased from stage to stage.

Al Rumaithi said: “The Al Gaffal race has a special place in his heart as I saw the start of the event with the 43-foot local dhows category in 1991, which took my third place with Al Adaid 30 has, and I am still participating in the Al Udeid Group’s Ships History and Tournaments, which won the honor of winning 5 times with the Buraq 30 (4 times) and the Buraq 33 (once).

He confirmed that Al Udeid Group is strongly participating in the 31st edition by Al Taff 9 ships led by Al Nakhatha Yusuf Ahmed Al Hammadi, Al Udeid 30 led by Al Nakhatha Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi, Buraq 33 led by Al Nakhatha Rashid Mohammed Al Rumaith Rashid , and Muqasas 73 led by Al Nukhatha Khalifa Rashid Al Makhmari.

Al-Rumaithi explained that the atmosphere is considered appropriate during this period for the success of the race and the arrival of all ships to the finish line, and expresses his optimism in a perfectly adequate sea condition that helps all participants, noting that Al Udeid team is used to achieving outstanding results, and will work hard to return to the platforms Coronation and grab the title.

special fragrance

In turn, Saeed Mohammed Saeed Al Tayer, the ship’s captain (Al-Hadhai 7), said: The great support of the event’s sponsor, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, represents the motivation for all the participants, including sailors and sailors, to contribute to the success of this great event, close to everyone’s hearts.

Al Tayer explained that everyone was strongly prepared to take part in the upcoming email, especially his crew on the ship (Al-Hadhai 7) and the ship (Al-Qafai 4), who drew a wonderful history in the tournament records . Nokhatha Muhammad Saeed Al-Tayer, and Faris 46 in the second edition in 1992 with his uncle Al-Nukhatha Obaid Saeed Al-Tayer.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer pointed out that the Al Qaffal breed has a special scent and fragrance that is not available in other gatherings. Over the course of more than 30 years, we have learned from the great event, and the children have learned from inherited their fathers. as they carry the flag today, to revive the great heritage of the Emirates, which was linked to our people in the past.

The delegation of the introduction arrives at “Sir Bu Nair”

A delegation from the organizing committee of Al-Qaffal Race 31 arrived at Sir Bu Nair Island yesterday afternoon to receive the vanguard of the participating ships, start preparing for the race, register the polls, a security check on the participating ships to carry out, and hand over satellite tracking devices to the captains.

The highest organizing committee, chaired by Ahmed Saeed bin Meshar, chairman of the board of directors of the Dubai International Marine Club, gives the final touch to the race site and the starting point by standing with the sailors, owners and sailors on the final equipment. . , as well as the supporting committees, and representatives of state departments and national institutions on the ground.

a report

The Higher Organizing Committee, through a detailed report presented by a member of the Higher Organizing Committee, Muhammad Abdullah Hareb Al Falahi, Executive Director, on the equipment of the Dubai International Marine Club’s committees and the existing coordination with successful partners of government departments and national institutions, with the approaching date set for the event, which will begin in the early hours of tomorrow morning.


The club’s committees are expected today to begin the preparatory procedures for the start of the big race by receiving and registering the arrivals of the Nawakhatha and the owners and handing over the detection devices of the virtual vision system (virtually) to them. the organizing committee serves to monitor the movement of the race by satellite and to know the locations and direction of the ships, as well as the speed. This system also helps with the speed of receiving the information and calculating the results.


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