Speaking of Heritage — The Dhow ship is probably my most photographed icon, next to the Kuwait Towers, from my years of stay in the Middle East. A distinct symbol of Kuwaiti culture.
This boat, the Fateh-Al Khair, is a graceful against the winds, beautiful boat, originally used for trading and fishing purposes have long defined this oil-rich country’s identity up to the present times. Wherever you go, the iconic Dhow ship is displayed in many public spaces in Kuwait and there are so many museums dedicated to this heritage.This one in particular is my favorite, next to the gigantic and huge Al Hashemi II, which garnered the coveted Guinness World Records for the largest Dhow ship ever built in the whole world.
One of the scenic spots in Kuwait where anyone, especially foreigners can have a glimpse of the Dhow ships and fishing boats displayed and docked gracefully in the harbour. This one is taken in Shouk Sharq, one of the places where I buy fresh local fishes, just adjacent to the fish Market. Here, you can watch the hustle and bustle of the fishermen as they go about their day, making rigorous bidding for their pricey catch.
An ideal place if you want to catch a beautiful Sunset from the Arabian Gulf.
If you are interested about Kuwait ‘s culture and Islamic Heritage, here are further readings which I have written based on my personal escapades while living there.Photo credit to my friend Ramil Sunga for the second photo. I used this photo as my painting inspiration for my series ‘Kuwait’.
How to beat the 50 degrees Heat in Kuwait !
This post is inspired by this week’s Photo Challenge | Heritage
7 thoughts on “The Dhow ship: Kuwait’s timeless Heritage”
I like both shots bu the sunset one is just wow!
Hi Christina, Your sunset and boats image is spectacular. Wonderful post.
Whenever I’m in the Gulf Countries, I take a ride on a Dhow. I like the woodwork and the shape, it reflects the culture.