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Kuwait celebrates maritime heritage with annual pearl diving voyage

Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the 31st Pearl Diving Trip kicked off yesterday with the traditional ceremony of ‘Dasha’ which celebrates the start of Kuwait’s annual pearl diving trip.

Minister of Information Mohammad Al-Jabri handed the Kuwaiti flag to a sailor.

Nearly 200 Kuwaiti youth, aged between 14 to 20 years old are taking part in the event, in addition to 13 wooden ships, dedicated by His Highness the Amir and the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. The youth divers who are involved in the annual tradition are expected to stay at sea until first of August.

US Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman with Minister of Information Mohammad Al-Jabri, at the Kuwait Pearl Diving Voyage launching ceremony. — Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Information Minister Mohammad Al-Jabri spoke during the launching ceremony, saying that the support of the Amir for this ceremony is an affirmation of His Highness’s interest in the Kuwaiti youth in all fields to teach them the national values inherited from their parents and grandparents to build the new Kuwait.

The young Kuwaiti sailors leaving for a week’s voyage

He added “The anniversary of pearl diving will be firmly in our memories and a wonderful example of determination and overcoming difficulties. It is certain that this celebration evokes the values of giving and national unity, towards a brighter future with the wisdom of its leadership and its sons in building, development, and stability of the country.”

The families bid farewell to their sons

The minister thanked and praised the efforts of the Kuwait Sea Sports Club for its continuous involvement in the pearl diving trip, stressing that it was important to continue this tradition which is an integral part of Kuwait’s history.

During the voyage, the youth will learn a variety of skills and participate in many activities including diving, collecting the oysters, team work, ship care, learning the sailor’s songs, how to work in a team environment. The sailors also learn about Kuwait’s pearling and maritime history, including stories about the most famous dhows.
The ‘Dasha’ ceremony was attended by senior officials, club executives, and family members of the sailors.

By Faten Omar

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