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March 10, 2017
The way Europeans and Americans understand history is that westerners did business in ships and Arabs did business on camels. But as those of us who grew up on the tales of Sinbad the Sailor surely know this is far from the truth. Arabs have been sailing trading vessels through the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea since the Roman times.
There’s a shipbuilding heritage as well, and constructing this 275-foot-long native dhow brought those skills to the fore recently in Dubai. These guys have been putting wood together for a very long time and do a very fine job of it. We wonder if there’s anyone living in the world today who has seen a wooden vessel this big take shape?
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