29th pearl div­ing trip con­cludes to­day

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Faten Omar

The 29th pearl div­ing trip con­cludes to­day with the ‘Qe­fal’ cer­e­mony in the pres­ence of Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try and Act­ing Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Khalid Al-Roud­han rep­re­sent­ing His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the Kuwait Sea Sports Club (KSSC) in Salmiya from 4:30 pm. The div­ing trip from July 27 to Aug 3 in­volved 13 tra­di­tional dhows with 200 young men.

The cer­e­mony will begin with Roud­han tour­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of art, col­lec­tions and pic­tures of ma­rine her­itage, fol­lowed by the ar­rival of the div­ing ves­sels to the coast of the club. The divers will be honored af­ter pre­sent­ing their har­vest of pearls to the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of HH the Amir to mark the end of the div­ing sea­son.

The div­ing trip started last Thursday with a ‘Dasha’ cer­e­mony un­der the slo­gan ‘One Gulf, one des­tiny’ in the pres­ence of Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Al-Fares. The Kuwaiti flag was raised, mark­ing the start of the div­ing sea­son. The dhows then headed to ‘Herat’ in Khairan, where there are plenty of oys­ters to prac­tice the ac­tual div­ing process over a whole week in the same old tra­di­tional way prac­ticed by the ear­lier gen­er­a­tions amidst dif­fi­cult weather con­di­tions and high tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity.

Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of KSSC Khalid Al-Foudari said that this year’s div­ing trip was char­ac­ter­ized by many ad­di­tions, most notably the new slo­gan in or­der to en­hance the ef­forts of HH the Amir to re­unite broth­ers in GCC coun­tries and safe­guard Gulf unity. He added the her­itage ex­hi­bi­tion will have new sec­tions with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of divers’ fam­i­lies. The club in­vited the pub­lic and the par­ents to at­tend the cer­e­mony and en­joy the ac­tiv­i­ties that will start at 3:30 pm, in­clud­ing cul­tural com­pe­ti­tions pre­sented by Talal Al-Ma­jid.

Khalid Al-Foudari

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