DFD feature shown at the China Arab Expo in China!  Ningxia TV cover a story on DFD. Narrated in Chinese with most interviews in English.  Xini, you're a star :)

dragon boat racing in the UAE

Dragon boating originated in China over 2000 years ago.   Hong Kong is the birthplace of the modern sport where the first international races were held in the 1970s.  Today dragon boating is a global sport enjoyed by millions.  The International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) is the world wide governing body for dragon boat racing.

UAE Dragon Boat (UAEDB)  has been developing the sport of dragon boating in the United Arab Emirates since 2005.  It operates under the umbrella of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation, the local body responsible for governing modern water sports in the UAE.

Since 2008, dragon boat festivals in the UAE have been organised and held by UAEDB in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, including locations like the Dubai Canal, Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek.  These are exciting events that involve the whole community.  Competitive sports teams, corporate teams, schools and universities all take part.  Dragon boat racing is an intense and exhilarating  team sport that both men and women can participate in.

To see videos of the team, click here!

THE team

Dubai Flying Dragons (DFD) is an amateur dragon boat team that was established in 2006 and a member of UAEDB.  DFD is made up of men and women from diverse backgrounds with over 20 nationalities currently represented.  Check out the team in the video The World in One Boat

​DFD is a competitive team that races regularly in all local dragon boat festivals.  Highlights of the team's past local performances include:

  • October 2012 - Runner-up UAE Premier Mixed Championship
  • Mar 2013 - 1st 1000m (Eastern Mangroves Dragon Boat Races)
  • Oct 2013 - Runner-up UAE Premier Mixed Championship including 1st 500m & 2nd 200m (Shangri-La Abu Dhabi)

  • Dec 2013 - 1st Mixed 200m (Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club)

  • Jan 2014 - Runner-up Premier Mixed Championship (Yas Marina)

  • Feb 2014 - 1st 1000m (Eastern Mangroves Dragon Boat Races)

  • Apr 2014 - UAE Premier Mixed Champions including 1st 2000m, 1st 500m & 3rd 200m (Bin Majid Beach Resort, Ras Al Khaimah)

Join up, train and race with the team!  To find out more click here!​

DFD compete overseas every year, and has raced in Penang, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Italy, Philippines, Oman and Korea.  The team recently competed in the 11th IDBF Club Crew World Championships in Szeged, Hungary in July 2018.