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Dhow Boatyards Review

The graceful wooden dhow is the staple craft of the Gulf region and has been for centuries—and Dubai has always been a center of construction for the vessel. Today most goods are imported in containers on large modern ships, but a few dhows still are created by hand along the banks of Dubai Creek. Each dhow builder eyes the length and width of wooden planks needed to create the curving shape of the bow, then produces it with no plans and few modern tools. Dubai's dhow-building yards occupy a valuable stretch of creek waterfront, so it remains to be seen how long the trade will continue here. Be sure to watch your step if you visit the yards. They aren't common tourist attractions and wood, tools, and other items are often left lying around.

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