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Qatar overhauls dhow boat fleet to boost tourism

More than 40 dhow boats are being refurbished by the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) as it looks to improve its offering for tourists

The three-phase project – which is expected to be completed by October 2021 – includes the refurbishment of the dhows, an overhaul of marinas and jetties, and health and safety training for crews.

Initially, the boats, traditionally used for pearl diving, fishing and transporting goods, will be restored to boost the guest experience and ensure they’re environmentally friendly. The vessels will be powered by solar energy rather than diesel fuel and LED lights will be installed.

Waiting rooms and ticket offices will be built as part of the second phase, and full training and certification for the crews running the dhows will form the final phase.

Dhow boats 1, Qatar, April 2021

In a statement, the QNTC revealed tourists will sail on journeys that showcase Doha’s skyline and experience Qatari history and culture.

Director of Tourism Licensing, Mohammad Al Ansari, said: “We’re taking every measure to ensure that each dhow is carefully refurbished to a standard befitting their importance to our culture.

Dhow boats 2, Qatar, April 2021

“Dhows are a wonderful asset to Qatar and once the project is complete, they will provide guests with yet another enjoyable way to experience Doha from the water.”

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