Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi HOSTS ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL IN MARCH For the first time in its history, the prestigious hotel is organising an earlier edition of its popular Dragon Boat Festival on 22 and 23 March 2019
Organised in partnership with Siren Events, UAE Dragon Boat and the United Arab Emirates Sailing and Rowing Federation, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi will host the 12th Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival on 22 and 23 March 2019.
Dragon boating originated in China over 2,000 years ago. While Hong Kong may be the birthplace of the sport, it is Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi that has been the home of the capital’s celebrated Annual Dragon Boat Festival.
This will be the first time in the festival’s 12-year history that it would be held as early as March. The October fixture in Abu Dhabi’s exciting sports calendar is likely to continue, making 2019 the inaugural year when the Dragon Boat Festival makes an appearance twice, with a break of just six months.
“The Dragon Boat Race has always been a hugely popular happening on our annual event calendar. It has an amazing festival atmosphere, with the crowd cheering on the fleet of colourful dragon boats as they race to the beat of drums,” said Ahmed Issa, Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi’s general manager. “We’re thrilled to be hosting the race twice this year, and bring a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances and delicious food to Abu Dhabi.”
“Every year, hundreds of dragon boat athletes battle it out at the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Race. This weekend is quite special, as this will be the first time the race is taking place in March as well as October,” said Jason Mackenzie, the Dragon Boat Festival’s race director. “The two days of intense racing fills the shores with heart-pounding action and fans cheering paddlers on to the finish line. Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel celebrates the ancient Chinese tradition and sport with a weekend-long party for all to enjoy.”