Al Sinyar Marine Carnival re-lives Emarati tradition during National Day celebrations

Published December 3rd, 2009 - 10:26 GMT

A parade of boats starting off from Al Seef provided a glimpse of Emarati tradition and heritage as the Sinyar Marine Carnival drew huge crowds during celebrations marking the 38th UAE National Day. The parade was flagged off by His Highness Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and attended by numerous dignitaries, apart from attracting history and culture enthusiasts who had the rare opportunity to view a tradition from the past. His Highness Sheikh Majid participated in the event by leading the parade in one of the more than 80 boats that participated in the parade.        

The carnival is a reincarnation of the historic “Al Gafal” marine trip, a voyage that used to be undertaken by the Emarati Ships returning from their long voyage to collect pearl oysters from the high seas. With Boats from the RTA, Dubai Civil Defence, and Dubai Ports and Customs taking part in the event, Around 80 boats decorated with UAE flags sailed along the Dubai Creek to settle at the Shindagah Area where National Day events and performances were staged.

His Highness Sheikh Majid toured the Al Fardha Museum that is being constructed to showcase the maritime history of Dubai and UAE, and attended a musical show performed by students from various Dubai Schools to commemorate the National Day of the UAE.

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