- Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi hosts the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival for eleventh time in a row
- The annual event returns for two days of festivities on October 5-6
- Last day for registrations for competitors extended to September 28.
Abu Dhabi, 16 September 2018 – Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi announce the last date of submissions for its 11th Annual Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival to be held on 5th and 6th October 2018.
The Qaryat Al Beri complex welcomes teams of 20 paddlers to power their boats in unison at the biggest dragon boat festival in the region. Registrations will be accepted until September 28th.
The event will offer spectators heart-pounding action at the beachfront while competitors race the dragon boats parallel to the shore amidst thunderous roars. In addition to the spirited competition along the 1km stretch of the private beach, spectators can also enjoy cultural entertainment, music and a host of fun activities and entertainment throughout the day.
Ahmed Issa, General Manager at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, said: “We’ve seen immense interest in the race this year, which is why we have extended the deadlines for registrations to the last weekend before the race. This should give the teams just enough time to go through training sessions before the big weekend.”
Organised in partnership with Siren Events, UAE Dragon Boat and UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, the Dragon Boat Festival is an annual fixture hosted every October at Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi to embrace its Asian roots while creating unforgettable moments for the residents and the visitors of the Capital.
Jason Mackenzie, Dragon Boat Festival Race Director, said: “Every year, the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival held at the Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri sees up to 2,000 participants. More than 20 international teams and 100 local teams have taken part in the race over the years, making it the largest dragon boat event in the region.”
Team participation includes the supply of a dragon boat and all necessary equipment as well as two 60-minute training sessions with an internationally-acclaimed training coach. Each team can have a maximum of 20 members with prices starting from AED 2,500 per team for registration.
As part of the action-filled weekend at the complex, a special Dragon Boat festival edition of the Friday Smoking Vibes BBQ party will be held at Afyä, the beachside restaurant at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi for all participants to continue the celebrations of the centuries-old Chinese tradition. The barbecue is also available to guests attending the festival for a fee of AED 206.
For bookings, please call 02 509 8555 or email restaurantreservations.slad@
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited, one of the world’s premier hotel management companies, currently operates over 95 hotels in 22 countries and 73 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands. Prominently positioned in Asia, the group has established its brand hallmark of “hospitality from the heart” over four decades in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North America and the Indian Ocean. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.