Category Archives: Must Do Activities

Al Gaffal Traditional 60ft Dhow Race 2014

Al Gaffal race

For thousands of years, before the advent of the oil boom, fishing and pearl diving was the mainstay of the Dubai economy. Pearl divers would board a traditional dhow for up to three months at a time, in the hope to uncovering pearls – a job easier said than done! In a bid to bring the Dubai pearl history alive and honour the divers, his highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum organizes the traditional dhow race every year.

When the racing contest started in 1991 at the small-uninhabited island of Sur Bu Na’air, only 53 dhows – each 43 feet long featured in the competition. Today the race has expanded to around 60 feet long 100 traditional boats braved by more than 3,000 participants sailing the waters of the Gulf. Continue reading

Emirates Classic Car Festival – Celebrating Beautiful and Exotic Cars

Emirates Classic Car Festival

Emirates Classic Car Festival is just the place where you should be, if you show fascination in classic cars, believing they can never be downgraded to the lowly status. Experience the enthralling world of vintage automobiles at Emirates Classic Car Festival, which is Middle East’s foremost showcase of classic cars. Continue reading

Camel Racing in Dubai – Exploring Cultural Roots

Camel Racing

Camel Racing

Camel racing is an ancient sport which was encouraged by the country’s ruling sheiks. It was traditionally used to marks wedding celebrations and other important occassions. But after the oil boom of the early 1960s and the influx of foreign investment, the sheiks worried whether camel racing would fade out of UAEs national heritage. To keep the ancient sporting traditions alive, camel racing became a lucrative way to attract people by awarding handsome cash prizes to winner. Over time, the sport bore a prominent position among the traditional aspects of the region. Continue reading

Experience the thrill of sporting events at Dubai Autodrome

Dubai Autodrome, a motorsports circuit located in Dubailand, is best known to host exciting and interesting racing events. However in the recent years, the autodrome has progressively improved to host weekly cycling and running events under the Revolution Nights banner. Continue reading