August 8, 2010
Posted: 1249 GMT
From Inside the Middle East's August show.
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From Tracey Holmes, CNN
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) - Pearl diving is now a rarity in the UAE, but dhows, the boats traditionally used for pearling, are making a comeback as the racing boat of choice for a generation of younger Emiratis.
Before oil was discovered in the region, locals made their living as pearl divers. The men would go to sea for months at a time and, while it sounds romantic, life was tough.
Today, pearl diving has almost disappeared, but young Emiratis are rediscovering dhows - not for pearling, but for racing.
Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) has been organizing dhow races since 1991. But who wins and loses isn't as important as keeping tradition alive.
DIMC managing director Saeed Harib told CNN: "They receive good prize money. They receive some money from the owners, but in the end they are maintaining our heritage."