Make a splash with the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival

Registration for the wet and wild festival has opened

Make a splash with the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival
Adventure fans in Abu Dhabi, we’ve got some exciting news.
Entries for the annual Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival have now opened as the capital gears up for a wet and wild weekend of fun.
Up to 2,000 thrill-seekers are expected to descend on the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, on October 5 and 6 for a memorable weekend.
More than 20 international teams and 100 local teams have taken part in the race over the years, making it the largest dragon boat event in the region.
Jason Mackenzie, Dragon Boat Festival race director, said: “We are thrilled the event keeps growing.
“It attracted over 1,800 residents and visitors to the capital during the tenth edition we hosted last year.
“It also improves our community relations by creating a positive vibe through this event which brings the culture and traditions of the East to Abu Dhabi.”
The competition takes place along a 1km stretch of beach, where spectators gather to cheer on the racers.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can also enjoy cultural entertainment, music and a host of fun activities and entertainment.
As part of the action-filled weekend at the complex, a special Dragon Boat Festival edition of the Friday Smoking Vibes BBQ party will be held at Afyä, the beachside restaurant at the neighbouring Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi for all participants to continue the celebrations of Chinese tradition.
The barbecue is also available to guests attending the festival for a fee of Dhs170.
Ulf Bremer, general manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, said: “The Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival has always attracted many strong teams and we are excited to host the 11th edition of this incredible event.
“Dragon boat racing is a sociable sport and is emblematic of strength, energy and team spirit.
“As in the previous years, our own teams, Shangri-La and Traders Dragons, have registered to compete at the Dragon Boat Festival.”
Early bird offers are available on room bookings as well.
The code “Dragon Boat” should be used while making reservations to avail discounted rates for stays during the race weekend.
For bookings, call 02 509 8555 or email
To register a team today, call 054 320 5040 or email

October 5-6. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri.

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