Is this the year that you sign up?

Registration has now opened for a popular annual sporting event and you could take part.


Team and individual entrants can now sign up for the 11th edition of the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival, being held on 5th and 6th October off the private beaches of Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri.

Registered participants will be supplied with a dragon boat and equipment and will be given two practice sessions before competing.

Each registered team can have a total of 20 members, but are only allowed a maximum of 16 men per boat.


Since it launched, 20 international teams and 100 local teams have taken part in festival, which attracts thousands of spectators each year with a barbecue party, entertainment and a host of on-shore attractions.

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.”

Prices start from AED 500 for individual entries, AED 2,500 for schools and universities and AED 10,000 for corporate and social teams.

To book, contact: 054 320 5040, email

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