Gallery: Kuwaiti divers prepare for annual pearl diving festival

The annual pearl diving festival with aim of preserving the national heritage and enabling the young generation get a sense as how life used to be in Kuwait, where the natives managed to survive despite the difficulties.
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Kuwaiti sailors prepare ropes on a beach in Kuwait City as part of preparations for the Pearl Diving Festival.
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Kuwaiti sailors apply a mixture of white cement and animal grease to the body of a dhow in Kuwait City as part of preparations for the Pearl Diving Festival.
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Pearl-diving trips are held annually under the patronage of the Kuwaiti emir in order to keep alive traditions that accompanied the once important national trade of pearl diving, prior to the discovery of oil.
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Kuwaiti sailors prepare a mixture of white cement and animal grease to be applied to the body of a dhow in Kuwait City as part of preparations for the Pearl Diving Festival.
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A Kuwaiti pearl diver uses a gig to hunt for fish in the waters near a dhow in Kuwait City amidst preparations for the Pearl Diving Festival.
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Kuwaiti pearl divers perform a traditional dance on a beach in Kuwait City as part of preparations for the Pearl Diving Festival.
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Kuwaiti sailors apply a mixture of white cement and animal grease to the body of a dhow in Kuwait City as part of preparations for the Pearl Diving Festival.