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Doha Dhow Building

We were so sad, visiting Oman, to see that dhow building has gone into decline in Sur, and then equally delighted to see the craft being revised and guarded in Doha. The new dhows being built preserve the design of the older working dhows, and include extra, labor intensive and expensive touches, like the wood carving:

I had to start with this one, because it includes the fabulous QCPI (Qatar Center for the Presentation of Islam) building in the background – what an impact it gives the Doha skyline!


June 14, 2008 - Posted by | Doha, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Qatar


  1. nice snaps 🙂

    Comment by Ansam | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. nice photos..I like the wood carvings

    Comment by big pearls | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thank you!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  4. “Snappity snap”, goes the intlxpatr.. 🙂

    Comment by 3baid | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  5. Wauw! Lovely woodcarvings! Very interesting photo’s

    Comment by Aafke | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  6. Those are some nice pics. I did a study on Doha a while back and all the locals really pride themselves on their Dhow Traditions. So I’m not surprised that they are still giving great effort to their heritage.

    Comment by Babycakes | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  7. though these are beautiful indeed, I wouldn’t know what they would do with them, I don’t think there is much need for dhows in this century.

    Comment by N. | June 15, 2008 | Reply

  8. Oh… these photos make me miss Doha! We will have to make a quick trip soon to see what has changed since the games… nice for reminiscing though.

    Comment by mimfoy | June 15, 2008 | Reply

  9. Seems like this is one of the great modern questions: what role does tradition and craftsmanship play as we move into a prefabricated modular world? It would be a terrible shame if we sacrificed artisanality for convenience and ease. And the dhows are beautiful…


    Comment by Farmer de Ville | June 23, 2008 | Reply

  10. N. – In Doha, they use them as party boats – you can hire dhows and go out fishing, or have a dinner cruise. One year people from my church rented one and went out on the Gulf to sing Christmas carols. Graduation celebrations. Club meetings. I wish there were one dhow just for rides along the Corniche on a hot summer’s night – wouldn’t that be lovely?

    FarmerDeVille – You nailed it. They are archaic. They are an anachronism. And they are purely beautiful, and functional. They are also very romantic ships, with beautiful spaces. There are still people, thanks be to God, who have the skills to put them together, and carve their furnishings. To me, they are magnificent.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 26, 2008 | Reply

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