The opening ceremony of the boat race saw traditional dance performances by three clubs in the Sur wilayat, including Al Aruba, Al Talee'a and Sur. The traditional boat race had two categories - qawarib, which are big boats capable of carrying 20 persons, and hawari, small boats capable of accommodating two persons.
In the qawarib categories, there were six boats that were divided into two groups. The first group included Oman LNG, Shinas and Sur teams while the second group had Al Talee'a, Majees and Al Aruba teams.
Shinas topped its group followed by Sur whereas Majees topped the second group followed by Al Talee'a. The top two teams from each group entered the final race which was eventually won by Shinas. Al Talee'a, Sur and Majees finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
The hawari race saw participation of 26 boats which was eventually won by Saud al Oraimi. H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa'eedi, Minister of Health, the chief guest, said, “I am very happy to participate in Oman LNG's annual day celebrations.
These events help in preserving the country's heritage as boat races are popular among the masses. For the first time, the races saw participation from the Batinah region with teams from Sohar and Shinas joining the fray.“
Dr Brian Buckley, general manager and CEO, Oman LNG said, “Every year, we celebrate this day to fulfil the aspirations of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said who established the company by a Royal Decree in February 1994. We always organise the annual day on the first or second Thursday of February, keeping in view of the movement of tides which suits the boat race.”