View Full Version : Dhows in Doha, Qatar

09-06-2014, 05:14 AM
I am working on a temporary assignment in Doha, Qatar. There is a dedicated harbour for Dhows, and there are literally hundreds of all sizes and state of repair. All wooden boats boats deserve this kind of resources, limitless oil and natural gas cash, and cheap labour (mostly Filipino, Indian and Sri-Lankan expats)

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This one is for sale. I didn't ask how much.

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I liked the plumb stem on this one, the only one I saw with it.

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Detail of the stern. That is the shower and heads, if you look closely, you can see the drain pipe run down the stern next to the rudder (and it ends a foot or two above the waterline...)

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And of course, these annoying bastards are everywhere, four on this trailer (they just offloaded one). There were also the obligatory cigarettes, each with four enormous outboards on the stern, but I guess you have seen enough of those.

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This one is not a Dhow and it was moored right against the dock so I couldn't get a decent picture. I guess you could call it a schooner, as the aft mast had an antennae on it which made it fractionally taller. Cutter rig. Just about thirty five of my strides, so I would guess thirty meters.

I'll try and get some more, I would really like to see one of the dhows under sail.



The Bigfella
09-06-2014, 05:24 AM
Excellent. Thanks

09-06-2014, 01:53 PM

Love those dhows, and walking around checking them out. Found that the crews, while rough looking, are quick to return a friendly wave or smile.

09-07-2014, 01:36 PM
Man alive I love the looks of that one with the plumb bow. Dont be shy to post pics of every boat there. I love them. I spent some time in the med and gulf. Saw plenty of them, especially around Dubai. Thanks for the pics and post more please! Be careful too though, dont look like a tourist. It aint safe out that way anymore. Though sailors are probably the friendliest bunch in any country, at least in my experience.

10-24-2014, 08:27 AM
Got a few more. This one is massive, I guess about 15 to 20 metres. It is tied up at a yard where they are building some more, so I suppose it is there for some kind of repairs.

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Here you can get an idea of the size. That massive stem piece is the sharp end of it (there is a smaller dhow in the foreground)

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I managed to get a photo of the boatyard, but it is with my phone which doesn't have an optical zoom, and the wouldn't let me in. Strange place, the sailors are a friendly bunch, but every place has about ten security guards that knows only two words in English: "Not arrowed!"

Under the tarpaulin in the middle they are working on a new build. I would love to get in there. There are big piles that I could see where they are drying planks. I understand none grows here (it is a desert, after all) and it all gets imported.

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10-24-2014, 08:38 AM
This one I found on on a trailer at the ramp. Snapped a few pics before the obligatory security guy showed up. Couldn't even bribe him with a Coke.

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Beautiful shape to the hull. Still hoping to get a picture of one under sail.

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You can see the wheel on the aft deck.

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Interior detail with the mast step and partner.

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10-24-2014, 08:56 AM
Here are two photos of the forward and aft decks. The inwhale plank looks a little cracked, was it still too green when used?

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In fact, some of the frames appear to be cracked, too. Third one on the left seems to be missing a piece.

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Aft deck. Looks like you sit and steer.

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Just about then security showed up. She is a beauty, though.

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Next mission is to find someone that can give me permission to go into the boatyard. Oh yes, also get a proper camera. Surprisingly, electronics are expensive here. I understand it is quite cheap in Dubai, which is quite close, but obviously is another country. Probably taxes.



10-24-2014, 09:07 AM
What is their hangup about photos?

Those motorized dhows are fine; the sailing shows espcially the twin masted ones are exquisite when under sail.

10-24-2014, 09:21 AM
Thanks for the update!

I'm in Dubai tonight, but not down by the Dubai Creek this time.

10-24-2014, 10:51 AM
The one you featured this time is a beautiful ship indeed. Thank you for the pics. Dont make security there too angry, id hate to land in prison there!

10-31-2014, 06:15 AM
Is it too big to trailer? Nope, not if you are a well-off Qatari with a Ford F250 (or at least that is what I think it is)

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Bubba L.
10-31-2014, 07:28 AM


11-21-2014, 11:46 AM
Dhow exhibition weekend. Felt like a kid in a candy store. This one has three sets of oars in addition to the sail. I wonder about the strange shape of the blades?

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This one has taken some abuse. Plenty of epoxy patches, and a few frames replaced on the inside with plywood frames. Looks like it is used for racing, the boom is very light, possibly carbon. It looks fast.

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This is an anchor. I saw one actually being used on one of the boats.

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I wasn't sure what this is about. The whole darker piece is just a blade that extends from the canoe stern, with the rudder on the end.

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I liked the big aft deck on this one, you can have a party there while transporting building rubble, it looks like.

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Have a few more

11-21-2014, 12:00 PM
Here you can see both the heads and the galley. A little disconcerting to see the bucket is held up by that line and hinges on the other rope. It has a hole in it, but I guess you can give it a dunk if your aim is bad.

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Here is one of me on the stern of a big one. The guy I asked to take the picture doesn't get the lighting thing yet.

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This one is a real antique, it seems very old and worn. I was wondering what the purpose of that low deck could be. Does the crew sleep under there? It is very low, that is a chair lying on its side under it, next to the power cable reel. I had an uncomfortable vision of packing some slaves in there...

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Closer in there. It leads to nowhere.

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11-21-2014, 12:29 PM
This one came all the way from Oman, and brought a few bags of grain. Reminds me a little of the Portuguese boats from the time of Bartholomew Diaz

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So, stitch and glue (or no glue?) isn't all that new. Planks are stitched together with coconut fibre, and then the holes are caulked.

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On the inside

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This looks like navigational instruments of some kind. It appears to have cycles and some sort of aiming device (or is it to cast a shadow, like a sun dial?) There were also various old brass telescopes that were really beautiful.

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Lastly, a model. It gives a pretty good idea of how these boats are built.

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11-24-2014, 01:18 AM
Pure gold. I really appreciate your contributions to this thread.