The Dubai Marina Dragon Boat Festival is back!

Following the thrilling inaugural race series last year, the Dubai Marina Dragon Boat Festival is back this weekend, with heats on December 15 and the morning of December 16, before the final showdown on Saturday afternoon where the 2017 winners will be announced.

Held in partnership with the UAE Dragon Boat Association, Dubai Marina’s waterways are set to come alive with the ‘spirit of the dragon’, with teams from across the UAE and beyond to compete!

With prime viewing from the balconies of dining venues at Pier 7, book a table now to witness the event unfolding; or grab a spot at along the Dubai Marina Promenade and cheer on your favourite team, before strolling down to enjoy the music and festivities at Dubai Marina Music Festival!

A brief history of Dragon Boating:

The Dragon Boat is deeply embedded in China’s ‘Dragon’ culture, originating from the Guangdong province in China. Each boat has an ornately carved dragon’s head at the bow and a tail in the stern, expertly painted to feature dragon’s scales, with the paddles symbolically representing the claws. Dragon Boats first took to the waters to commemorate a famous politician that drowned in the Yangtze River almost 2,500 years ago.

Modern Dragon Boat Sport Racing generally has 18-20 paddlers per standard size Dragon Boat and 8-10 paddlers in the small boat, plus a drummer and a helm (steerer). The races are colourful spectacles, with boats competing against each other over distances from 200 to 2000 metres and above. Teamwork and harmony of purpose are valued attributes of Dragon Boat teams, as well as strength, endurance and skill.

  • What: Dubai Marina Dragon Boat Festival
  • Where: Prime viewing from Pier 7 and along the Dubai Marina Promenade
  • When: Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16, 2017
  • Price: Spectating is free for all to enjoy!