Waterfront Market Dragon Boat Challenge 2021- what to expect?

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Dubai has wonderful weather pretty much all year round. That being so, naturally means that Dubai residents are always looking for new and fun outdoor activities. This year there’s going to be a particularly exciting and fresh activity that might even become a regular thing. Waterfront Market Dragon Boat Challenge 2021 promises to be one of the most thrilling sporting events this year. But unlike Dubai football events, this new event is quite a mystery to most people. What even is dragon boat racing and what can you expect from it? Read on to find out.

Dragon Boat racing – A silly-sounding Chinese pastime

Dragon boat racing originated in China roughly 2500 years ago. These races are somewhat similar to regular rowing. However, the boats are much more flamboyant and eyecatching. As you might have guessed by now, the boats have dragon detailing on them. And not just subtle detailing, but also full-blown dragon heads on the bows. The racing teams consist of 22 members. Wow! Can you imagine just how much practice and precision it takes to coordinate that many paddles? Working out with a great fitness instructor Dubai residents recommend is always great, but how fun would it be to row a boat like that? If you’re interested in dragon boats, there are places you can learn to operate them. But for now, enjoy the race and see if that’s something you’d like.

A team of chinese dragon boat rowers rowing.
2021 Waterfront Market Dragon Boat Challenge is based on Chinese traditional dragon boats!

Waterfront Market Dragon Boat Challenge 2021 – When and Where?

Waterfront Market has been a supply of healthy food and treats for years now. And now, it brings to you the first Waterfront Market Dragon Boat Challenge in 2021. The challenge was originally planned for March. However, due to the passing of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum the races have been moved to April. The races are set to begin on Friday, April the 2nd at 8 am and are supposed to last until Sunday, April the 3rd at 5 pm. Contestants are going to be competing in four categories:

  • Open
  • Mixed
  • Women
  • Corporate

The races will be 200m long and will be divided into heats, semifinals and finals. This spectacle is promising to be on par with Super Sports Night Run Series Dubai which has been one of the most popular races in Dubai for a while now. There are, also, no tickets so feel free to visit the Waterfront Market and enjoy some free weekend fun!

A team of rowersrowing a dragon boat.
Dragon boat racing teams usually consist of 22 members!

2021 Dragon Boat Dubai races are something you shouldn’t miss

Working out and staying in shape is very important. That’s why Dubai PT tries to bring you some of the best personal trainer courses Dubai has to offer. However, relaxing and having fun is equally as important. After all, aren’t we all overly stressed in our day-to-day lives? Because of that, it’s important to kick back, relax and have some fun. Waterfront Market Dragon Boat Challenge 2021 is the perfect time and place to do so. Take time off to enjoy the sun, fun, and experience something new!


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