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The sea has played a key role in Sharjah’s development and was the primary reason for the first settlers choosing this site over 6,000 years ago. In the museum you can explore traditional wooden seafaring dhows used for fishing, trading and pearling.

 

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Pearl divers opening shells aboard a pearl dhow

 

Museo del Mar de Sharjah

El mar ha jugado un papel clave en el desarrollo de Sharjah y fue la razón principal del establecimiento de los primeros colonos en este sitio hace más de 6.000 años. En el museo Maritimo de Sharjah se puede apreciar los barcos veleros de madera, tradicionales, que se utilizan para la pesca, el comercio y la pesca de perlas, los dhows, cada uno diseñado de acuerdo a su uso. Ver auténticas perlas árabes, descubrir cómo se recogieron, midieron y pesaron. Admirar los poderosos motones de madera (poleas náuticas) utilizados para levantar y bajar velas. También puede descubrir las tradiciones locales de captura de peces.

 

http://www.sharjahtourism.ae/en/heritage/museums/sharjah-maritime-museum

 

The sea has played a key role in Sharjah’s development and was the primary reason for the first settlers choosing this site over 6,000 years ago. In the museum you can explore traditional wooden seafaring dhows used for fishing, trading and pearling, each designed according to their use. See genuine Arabian pearls, discover how they were collected, measured and weighed. Admire the powerful wooden pulley blocks used to raise and lower sails and discover the local traditions for catching fish.

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Tradición velera del Golfo Pérsico es revivida en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos
22 de junio 2012 - A Rashed al-Humairi le gusta revivir la tradición marinera a bordo de un dhow, un milenario velero de madera.
El banquero de 30 años de edad, mira a sus compañeros de tripulación empujan el largo y esbelto dhow  desde un remolque hasta el mar en la isla de Sir Bu Nuayr, 100 kilometros al oeste de Dubai y explica la alegría de recuperar una tradición marítima del Golfo que estaba cerca de la extinción: "Con los barcos tradicionales se necesita una gran cantidad de habilidades, especialmente con el viento", dijo Humairi.
Su voz está casi ahogada por el viento de la mañana y el murmullo del pequeño puerto, donde las tripulaciones dhow se preparan para una carrera hacia el hotel Burj Al Arab, el famoso hotel en forma de vela de Dubai.
El velero Dhow tiene sus raíces en la historia del comercio, la pesca y el buceo de perlas del Golfo, pero fue casi olvidado durante décadas de vertiginosa modernización impulsada por el petróleo en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Pero ahora está circulando un viento fresco entre los emiratíes, muchos de familias no navegantes. Quieren alejarse del vidrio y hormigón de las ciudades ricas de los Emiratos Árabes Unidos, ahora que el aumento de ingresos les han dado el tiempo y el dinero necesario para desarrollar un interés en algunas de las tradiciones de sus antepasados.
"Es un cambio, como un escape," dijo Ali Salem al-Falasi, un navegante de dhow, que ha estado a bordo de embarcaciones tradicionales desde finales del decenio de 1980.
A los nativos de los EAU que vienen de familias no marineras les resulta más difícil aprender a navegar en dhow, dijo Humairi, que es de una familia del desierto. Él aprendió la habilidad en el equipo de vela de Mohammed Rashid al-Rumaithi, dueño de los astilleros Al Fattan. El equipo construye cuatro o cinco dhows para su propio uso, cada año.

 

 

 

Gulf maritime tradition of dhow sailing being revived in UAE

June 22, 2012 
 
Rashed al-Humairi likes the thrill of reviving a seafaring heritage aboard an antiquated wooden sailboat.
 
The 30-year-old banker watches his shipmates push the long slender dhow from a trailer into the sea off Sir Bu Nuayr island 100 kilometers west of Dubai and explains the joy of coaxing a proud Gulf maritime tradition back from near extinction.
 
"With traditional boats you need a lot of skills, especially with the wind," Humairi said.
 
His voice is nearly drowned out by the morning wind and the buzz of the small port, where dhow crews are preparing for a race towards Dubai's sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel.
 
Dhow sailing, which has roots in the Gulf's history of trading, fishing and pearl diving, was almost forgotten during decades of breakneck, oil-fuelled modernisation after World War Two in the United Arab Emirates.
 
But it is now catching a fresh wind among Emiratis, many from old pearling and fishing families. They want to get away from the glass and concrete of the UAE's wealthy cities, while rising incomes have given them the time and money needed to develop an interest in some of their ancestors' traditions.
 
"It's a change, like an escape," said Ali Salem al-Falasi, a dhow navigator, who has been sailing on traditional boats since the late 1980s.
 
UAE nationals coming from other than seafaring families find it harder to learn how to sail a dhow, said Humairi, who is from a desert family. He learned the skill in the sailing team of Mohammed Rashid al-Rumaithi, owner of Al Fattan shipyards. The team builds four or five dhows for its own use each year.

 

 

 

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http://socheapandchic.blogspot.com/2011/11/culture-first-traditional-dhow.html

 

 


 

Kuwait has witnessed the annual pearl-diving folkloric festival, with some 200 youth boarding wooden dhows, scouring the seawaters and hunting for pearls, bringing to life one of the ancestors' bread-winning hard tasks.

 

 

 

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Pearl Diving Trip Hunt Begins On Aug 15

Written by | 2013/08/15

 

The countdown to this year’s Pearl Diving expedition begins with a special “Shouna & Habab” celebration — a ceremonial preparatory maintenance of the dhows before they set sail for pearling, planned at the Kuwait Sea Sports Club Tuesday. A few days preceding the start of the 25th AlGhous Pearl Diving festival expedition to the island of Khairan, parents, friends and family members of the divers are set to converge on the staging port for the expedition at the Sea Club to witness a special ceremony involving the preparation of the dhows for the trip.
The ceremony normally involves preparing special traditional concoctions or pastes called “Shouna” that are used for caulking the cracks in the dhows that had been left for the past year at the mercy of the elements. Before then the beached dhows are scrubbed and cleaned in a process known as “Habab”. These two processes are normally carried out in a ceremonial atmosphere with the divers who normally number about 200, singing and performing traditional Kuwaiti sea songs, beating drums and hand clapping.
Aside from the divers and their supervisors, veteran divers also occasionally show up at the ceremony as mentors to the pearl diving team in the advanced stages of their preparations for the final expedition. One such veteran actively participating in the event was 77-year-old Ibrahim AlFailakawi who passed away recently. He made it a point to always be present as a mentor of the team. A selected group of the divers prepare the Shouna. They make fires using wood and melted vegetable fat in a large drum. The heated fat is then poured into tin bowls containing gypsum powder, and the mixture stirred into a paste. The beached Dhows are then scrubbed and cleaned in a process called Habab. On the cleaned body of the boats the Shouna is applied using plates for waterproofing from the rudder to the waterline. The Shouna is then allowed to dry.

After weeks of training, the pearl diving crew is set to embark on the much awaited journey to Khairan on Thursday where they hunt for Pearls. The week long expedition, Aug 15-22, will see the team rake through the waters around the island in search of pearls.
The expedition replicates the exact manner Kuwaitis in the days gone by gleaned the waters in their attempt to eke out a living. On the day of the team’s departure, parents, family members and friends congregate at the Sea club to bid them good bye. The team is joined again in Khairan by family members for the grand celebration where the team’s pearl haul is showcased to the public amid pomp and pageantry.

http://kabayaninkuwait.com/pearl-diving-trip-hunt-begins-on-aug-15/

 

 

 

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