A new understanding of the dhow
We cannot talk about the history of the Arabian Gulf region without talking about the dhow. The traditional sailing vessel with distinctive lateen sails carried essential goods and foodstuffs around South Asia, East Africa and the Gulf. Dhows were also used in pearl diving – vital for communities along the coast of what is now the UAE. This talk by Eric Staples of Zayed University discusses efforts to understand the dhow, with a focus on archaeological projects that have tried to rebuild and sail these vessels. Shipwrecks, Replicas and “Dhows”: Experimental Maritime Archaeology in the Indian Ocean takes place at NYUAD on November 28 at 6.30pm.
The talk at NYUAD will look at attempts to rebuild and sail traditional dhows.