Dragonboat festival back in Abu Dhabi

Shangri-La Hotel hosts the 10th annual race, followed by barbecue dinner

The 10th Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival is back on Khor Al Maqta on October 27 and 28.

The annual event is organised in partnership with Siren Events, UAE Dragon Boat and UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation and takes place along the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, hotel’s 1km stretch of beach.

The rules are simple. Each team can field a maximum of 20 members and will be supplied with a dragon boat, all the necessary equipment and two, 60-minute training sessions with a top-level coach.

Over the years, the festival has attracted over 20 international teams and about 100 local teams take part, making it the largest of its kind in the region.

While the dragon boat festival is the main highlight of the weekend, there will be plenty more to keep spectators entertained, including a special barbecue party hosted at beachside restaurant Afyä at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi next door.

“We are honoured to be a part of the longstanding tradition that is the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival by offering our guests the chance to enjoy the celebrations of the centuries-old Chinese tradition from our private beach followed by a special barbecue dinner at Afyä,” says Ahmed Issa, general manager at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi.

Oct 27-28. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. Dhs170 (barbecue). Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. TO register your team, visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaabudhabi and www.facebook.com/tradersabudhabi.

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