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Know More About Dhow Boats in Qatar

Dhow Harbour at the Doha Corniche

Nothing or no one can beat the incredible feeling of freedom of sailing a Dhow alongside the Corniche. Do you know that the Dhow is an important part of Qatari culture and before the oil era, the Dhow was used for pearl diving, fishing, and transporting goods? And today we are going to know the 10 more unknown facts about Dhows in Qatar, so read the full article so that you don’t skip any amazing facts about Dhows.

10 Facts about Dhow

1. The majority of those dhow are built in Kerala.


You must be surprised by knowing that the majority of the dhows parked at the Corniche were built in Kerala. Few of them were built from the wood of Maynmar to India. 

2. Cost of building dhow varied from QR 1m to QR 4m

Do you know that the cost of building a dhow can be varied from QR 1m to QR 4m depending on the altitude and other amenities available on and in the actual craft? 

Falcon Tours

Falcon Tours offers a 4-hour Doha City Tour and Dhow Boat Cruise, providing an opportunity to explore popular and beautiful places in Doha. The tour includes visits to Doha Corniche, West Bay, The Pearl, Katara Cultural Village, and Souq Waqif.

During the cruise, you will enjoy refreshments, such as coffee or tea, and have an English-speaking tour guide accompanying you. There will be stops along the way for photo opportunities, and you will also get to explore the alleys of Souq Waqif.

Falcon Tours provides pick-up services from the airport or your hotel for your convenience.

The price for this tour starts from 760 QAR per person.

National Cruise

National Cruise offers a City Tour By Sea, allowing you to enjoy a 2-hour cruise between the Pearl and Doha’s Corniche. You have the option to board the cruise at either the Corniche stop, located beside the Museum of Islamic Art, or at the Pearl’s Gate 1.

The price for this round trip is 150 QAR per person. In addition to the cruise experience, you will be provided with a welcome drink and complimentary water, coffee, or tea during the journey.

Please note that the details provided are based on the available information and may be subject to change. It’s recommended to contact National Cruise directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the tour, including any additional amenities or services offered.

365 Adventures

365 Adventures offers a Day Cruise experience that allows you to enjoy a 3-hour boat ride on a traditional dhow boat. During the cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the pristine Al Safliya island and engage in popular water sports activities like jet skiing or banana boat rides. Additionally, a traditional Arabic barbecue cooked on board and Karaoke entertainment are provided.

The price for this Day Cruise is 300 QAR per person. Please note that the information provided is based on the details available and may be subject to change. To obtain the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding pricing, offers, and any additional services or amenities, it’s recommended to contact 365 Adventures directly.

Remember to reach out to the tour company you’re interested in to confirm the final prices or any special offers they may have.

3. Traditional boats have different names

dhows qatar

The traditional boats are called by different names like Sanabeck, Tieeh, Jalbout, and Al Baggara.

4. Dhow Boat come in many various sizes

Dhows are available in different sizes. It can be varied from 20 feet to 130 feet long. However, the customer can demand any size.

5. A traditional dhow can take more than 2 years to build

There is a luxurious quality about a superbly crafted dhow that can’t be described in words. Unlike any other boat afloat, they glide through the water as if they were dinosaurs from a vanished era. The shape of the vessel draws attention like no other nautical vessel, a testament to the months of effort put into creating it.

Even a small dhow takes 3 months to build and big ones in 9 months. Most of the time, this is the outcome of the need to serve the diverse requests and standards of the rich and high-status clients. 

6. Traditional dhow Boats can last up to 120 years

Yes, you heard it right! The lifespan of traditional boats is 120 years. However, the lifespan of modern boats can range from 40 years to 100 years not more than that. 

7. Cost of a Dhow ride per person varied from QR 20 to QR 50

If you want to take a ride on Dhow you can take it by paying only QR 20- QR 50. And if you want to book the entire Dhow for family or friends for a tour, you have to pay approx QR 1500 to QR 2500.

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8. Every 3 months wooden dhows need to go out of the water for supervision.

Every 3 months wood of dhows needs to be changed for the maintenance of the dhow. Do you know that to control the leaking cotton combined with coconut oil stuffed between the woods?

9. Origin of the dhow is a historical mystery

We still don’t know anything about the exact origins of the dhow. However, many scholars believe that it originated in India in 600 AD. Others argue that the sambuk type of dhow was emanated from the Portuguese caravel.

10. The Dhow gets features on the 3rd issue banknote of the Qatari One Riyal

qatar Currency with boat

The dhow gets featured on the 3rd issue of the Qatari One Riyal banknote. Do you know that the note was issued in 1996 and withdrew from circulation in 2003?

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