Largest Dhow, in addition to Dubai’s Pride and Collection

Largest Dhow, in addition to Dubai’s Pride and Collection

When you heard the country of United Arab Emirates, what icon you would probably have in mind?

Some would say the 7-stars hotel of Burj Al Arab, or Dubai Mall as the biggest mall, or the Biggest Miracle garden, and so and so on.

Those icons have different designs, themes, and styles, but they have one thing in common, their prestigious title.

That is not a surprise at all because this country is known globally as being home to;

the biggest, the tallest, the longest, and having the first of many things.

These  reasons attracts many foreigners to visit this country. They want to see and experience all the luxurious offers that the city is providing to their visitors.

Just recently, they mark again the Guinness World of Record of their name. At this time is having the Largest Wooden Dhow in the world. Additional collection to their tremendous icons.

The Dhow’s given name is Obaid, after Obaid Jumaa Bin Majid Al Falasi, an Emirati shipbuilder who began an apprenticeship at the age of nine in the mid-1940s.

Most of UAE’s icon are built for fame, but Obaid Dhow is different. The story behind is inspiring.

It is made not for the sake of name, instead it is gratitude to Obaid Jumaa Bin Majid Al Falasi, he was the inspiration.

According to Majid Obaid Al Falasi;

Our forefathers were divers, our ancestors works in the sea, and my own father perused this craftsmanship for almost all his life. This is a gratitude to my father, and my country which always aims for the forefront positions. We tried to get the longest pieces of log available. We are born as dhow builders, and can build dhows using other material, but wood keeps its identity. This achievement is just the inevitable continuation for building dhows in the world,”

largest dhow

Photo credit:

Want to know how big Obaid Dhow is?

91.47m long and 20.41m wide

stands in height of 11.229 metres and weighs 2,500 tonnes

estimated load capacity of up to 6,000 tonnes.

Obaid Dhow Materials

The materials use are from locally and from abroad, the wood was from Africa.

With approximately 1,700 tonnes of wood and 800 tonnes of steel.

Hundreds of thousands of nuts, bolts, screws and nails.


The dhow has two 1,850 horsepower engines and will used to transport cargo from the UAE to Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Egypt, Kenya, Pakistan, India, and maybe Iraq.

The Dhow History

Dhow is the generic name of a number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with settee or sometimes lateen sails, use in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region.

Dhow is either invented by Arabs or Indian before 600 AD according to some historian

Uses of Dhow

It is use as trading vessels primarily to carry heavy items, such as fruit, fresh water, or any other heavy merchandise.

Dhow is very important in UAE’s culture, according to Dr. Fatma al Sayegh a professor of UAE Gulf history

“it is part of our history, our legacy as a country , not only as a means of transportation but also as a symbol. The dhow stands for a means of living, for economy and for our connection to the sea.”




Source Information 1 Source Information 2


Planning to visit Dubai? check your visa requirement with iVisa

Share This:

You may also like...