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In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race

The racing festival will see more than 100 of these 60-foot boats coursing through the Gulf's calm waters, powered by nothing more than their triangular white sails in a race from Sir Bu Na'ir Island to Abu Dhabi.

In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
A team sails a traditional wooden boat, or dhow, during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018. Over a hundred traditional dhow racing boats will take part in the race which launches off from Sir Bu Nayer to Abu Dhabi.
In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
Teams sail traditional wooden boats, or dhows, during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018.
In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
A team sails a traditional wooden boat, or a dhow, called Ghazi owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018.
In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
Teams sail traditional wooden boats, or dhows, during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018.
In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
Teams sail traditional wooden boats, or dhows, during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018.
In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
A team sails a traditional wooden boat, or a dhow, called Ghazi owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018.
In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
A team sails a traditional wooden boat, or a dhow, called Ghazi owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018.
In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
Teams sail traditional wooden boats, or dhows, during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018.
In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
A team sails a traditional wooden boat, or a dhow, called Ghazi owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018.
In pictures: Al Gaffal traditional dhow sailing race
Teams sail traditional wooden boats, or dhows, during the al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race near the island of Sir Bu Nayer on May 14, 2018.