MANAMA: A total of 180 young Bahrainis took part in a pearl diving competition yesterday as part of the Nasser Bin Hamad Festival for Traditional Inheritance.
The festival, which will run until October 27, includes three other competitions – traditional fishing, traditional rafting and traditional sea music.
The event is held under the patronage of His Majesty’s representative for charity work and youth affairs and Supreme Council for Youth and Sport chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Yesterday’s event ended the festival’s first week of competitions. The five-hour competition started near the Khalifa Bin Salman Park in Hidd and continued until the Sayah location in Muharraq.
It involved collecting pearls and later opening them with the catch being weighed by a team of experts.
Shaikh Nasser said the festival was important as it reinvigorated traditional maritime sports in a competitive and challenging format.
The festival’s organising committee chairman, Ahmed Al Janahi, said in a statement issued yesterday that several workshops on safety and wearing proper gear were held for the teams participating in the competition, which was overseen by 18 referees.