All you need to know about the seventh historic Dalma Race Festival

Dalma Race Festival 2024

Dates, activities and everything on the agenda for the upcoming historic Dalma Race Festival

Time for some sail-ebrations in Abu Dhabi!

The seventh Historic Dalma Race Festival, organised by Abu Dhabi Heritage Authority and Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, is all set to take place once more at Dalma Island in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi.

A community favourite event, the historic Dalma Race Festival endeavours to revitalise the local maritime heritage, preserve the national identity and promote awareness among the public about the significance of both the marine heritage and the heritage of the UAE.

This year, the festival wil take place from 26 April until 5 May 2024 and feature a slew of activities while empowering local producing families, stimulating the island’s economy and establishing itself as a prominent tourist and sporting destination.

The festival features the iconic Dalma 60-foot dhow race, renowned as the longest race in terms of distance. Spanning a total of 68 nautical miles (125km), the race starts from the historic island of Dalma and winds its way through eight islands, including Sir Bani Yas, Ghasha, Umm Al Kurkum, Al Fatayer, Al Bazm, Al Fayy, Marawah, and Janana, before finishing at Al Mugheirah Corniche beach in Al Dhafra.

Additionally, the Dalma Race Festival will also showcase a variety of heritage marine and beach competitions, including the Dalma Fishing Shaari Competition, Dalma heritage rowing race (40-foot), Dalma Stand-Up paddling race, and Domino and Carrom competitions for both men and women.

There’s plenty for visitors of all ages to do, with running, swimming and cycling races, as well as a diverse range of recreational, educational events and traditional games planned.

The festival’s traditional souk, located on the shores of Dalma Island, features various stalls offering heritage products, traditional crafts, foods, perfumes, and more. The souk provides dedicated spaces for children’s activities, live performances, competitions and daily quizzes.

If that wasn’t enough, visitors can also enjoy heritage and folk competitions, observe traditional handicraft demonstrations and partake in other distinctive events that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Don’t miss out!



26 April to 5 May


Dalma Island


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