Shangri-la Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi will Host this Year's Second Dragon Boat Festival in October

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The five-star hotel is hosting the season opening of the historic race in Abu Dhabi

Shangri-la Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi will Host this Year's Second Dragon Boat Festival in October

Abu Dhabi, 11 September 2019 – Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi will host the annual Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival on its 13th edition, in partnership with Siren Events, UAE Dragon Boat and the United Arab Emirates Sailing and Rowing Federation, on 18 and 19 October 2019.

Dragon boat racing originated in southern central China more than 2,500 years ago.  It began as a modern international sport in Hong Kong in 1976, and made its way to Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, the home of the capital’s celebrated Annual Dragon Boat Festival.

Earlier this year, the prestigious hotel hosted the race on its 12th edition in March.  Now, for the first time in its history, it will host the fun-filled event for the second time this year, after a break of just seven months.

Fans visiting Abu Dhabi to witness the thrill of the race and are looking to stay in the capital will need look no further than Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, as the hotel has introduced a special room rate for the weekend.  Participants and viewers can book their stay at discounted prices starting from AED730 for a Deluxe Room.

Rooms at the adjacent four-star property, Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, are also available at rates starting from AED367 for a Superior Room.  The offer is exclusively available for stays between 17 and 19 October 2019.

Ensuring that the entire weekend will be busy with fun, Afyä Beach Lounge will organise a fun-filled barbecue party, to be enjoyed on the hotel’s private beachfront.  The lavish spread of grilled meats, seafood, roasted vegetables and more will be available at AED206 per person.

Those looking to participate in the dragon boat race can build their own corporate or social team of up to 20 paddlers and enter the competition for AED10,000.  The Community Cup teams can have a maximum of 12 paddlers and enter for AED5,000.  There will also be slots for school, university and international teams for an entry fee of AED2,500 as well as individual entries for AED500 per person.

All mentioned rates are in UAE dirhams and are inclusive of all applicable charges, fees and tax.

To register a team or find out more information about the festival, guests may call (971) 04446 2030 or send an email to [email protected].  For room bookings, guests may call (971) 02509 8630 or send an email to [email protected] and mention ‘Dragon Boat’ to avail the special rate.

About Shangri-La Hotels and Resort: 

Shangri-La Hotels and Resort, an iconic flagship brand of the Shangri-La Group, currently operates over 80 deluxe hotels and resorts with a room inventory of over 35,000.  Renowned for its distinctive Asian hospitality, the Company has properties in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group’s award-winning Golden Circle loyalty programme extends to all properties of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts worldwide. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com.