Emirates Post releases stamps on Al Gaffal 60ft Traditional Dhow Sailing Race
WAM Dubai, May 29th, 2012 (WAM) -- Emirates Post has released commemorative stamps on the 22nd Al Gaffal 60ft Traditional Dhow Sailing Race, in denominations of AED 1 and AED 5, along with a Souvenir Sheet of AED 15 and First Day Cover of AED 7. The stamps are available in all main post offices.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, was presented with a set of framed stamps by Abdullah Al Ashram, CEO of Emirates Post, during a press conference, which was attended by senior officials of Emirates Post and representatives of local and Arab media.
Addressing the press conference on board the ship �Fahidi', Al Ashram said the release of the stamps reflects Emirates Post's keenness to support different sporting events held in the country. "These Al Gaffal stamps are very special to us because through them we can spread awareness about this heritage water sport of the United Arab Emirates." The annual Al Gaffal 60ft Traditional Dhow Sailing Race is organized under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, by Dubai International Marine Club to mark the end of the water sports season. This race is held every year since 1991.
The Al Gaffal or Sir Bu Na'air race represents an embodiment of the past and history, and revival of old memories. This race commemorates the festival which was celebrated by the forefathers on their long journey after several months of pearl diving at sea. The race features nearly 100 dhows travelling to a distance of about 51 nautical miles. It requires huge preparations and logistical support such as keeping the area safe and protect the participants from surrounding dangers, especially from giant barges traversing the Gulf.