The conclusion of the 10th edition of the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival Saturday marked the completion of 10 long years since the launch of what is now considered a significant event for Qatar and the region's maritime culture, heritage, history and tradition.
The 2020 festival was held at the esplanade of Katara - the Cultural Village Foundation over five days while observing all precautionary health measures against the Covid-19 pandemic, based on the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health.
Representatives of all participating nations – Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Tanzania and India - and visitors adhered to the health and safety measures, resulting in a "very successful conduct of the festival", Katara said in a statement.
The festival witnessed visits by several dignitaries and ambassadors. The turnout was "large and quite high over the weekend", the statement noted.
As in the past decade, the festival has been "characterised by a number of competitions and marine shows, besides a variety of cultural activities and events that reflect the ancestral heritage and shed light on the ancient maritime history aimed at restoring culture and preserving folk heritage".