The Heritage Village of the Dalma Marine Racing Festival will be open to the public from Wednesday.
The five-day festival was inaugurated by Ahmed Thani Murshid Al Rumaithi, Chairman of both Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club (ADSYC) and Local Organising Committee.
The village includes a variety of pavilions including traditional exhibits, particularly of the marine industry, in an area covering more than 5,000 square metres.
Special events include traditional games and competitions and valuable prizes to be won for the visitors.
The highlight of the festival is the 60-foot dhow race for a prize fund of Dh25million, which has drawn 116 boats and over 3,000 sailors, vying for a slice of the whopping prize money.
There are also five motor vehicles up for grabs for the first five to cross the line. The winner of the race will receive Dh1.5million and the first 100 boats to cross the line will share the remaining prize fund.
The festival is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Government’s representative in Dhafra, and organized by ADSYC in cooperation with the Festival and Cultural Program and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.