The Al-Gaffal dhow race takes place off the coast of Dubai every year. Over a hu…


The Al-Gaffal dhow race takes place off the coast of Dubai every year. Over a hundred traditional motorless dhow boats sail 51.3 nautical miles from Sir Bu Nair island, near the coast of Iran, and finish close to Dubai’s International Marine Club. The route is based on the one that pearl divers would have taken on their return journeys, and the dhows are pristine 60ft-versions of the ones pearl divers would have used. Photo: Karim Sahib/Getty Images



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