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Hazawy Episode 1: Mai and Ghaylan

21 December 2023 | Produced by Sheikha Roda Al Thani

Pearl diving was and still is a historic profession for the people of the Arabian Gulf. There are many myths and stories that came from the pearl divers of ancient times, including the legend of Mai and Ghaylan, which tells the story of how the invention of the sail came to be.

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Hazawy Episode 1: Mai and Ghaylan

Our first episode of Hazawy is a story of competition, camaraderie, and innovation, this tale highlights the role of female dhow owners in the history of sailing on the Arabian Gulf.