Ibra Dhow rejuvenated

The Arabian Dhow dates back to the 15th Century, built by hand out of wood, only a few boat yards remain that still use this ancient technique. Many used to use sails but now most are propelled by engines.

Above is Ibra after its first 2 year refurb in 2010.
At Hud Hud, we have given a traditional wooden dhow a small face lift internally and externally, keeping the design and architecture to showcase the rich history and heritage of Oman and its neighbouring counterparts. We have taken the unique experiences we offer through our vast uncharted lands of Oman to its enchanted waters now. This allows us to enrich our guests’ experience by displaying all of the country’s natural beauty by exposing its natural elements whilst enjoying the “Hud Hud” experience on the waters. The bottom images show how our traditional Dhow has completely transformed into a whole new fortress on the seas.

These blueprints depict the steps and processes taken to make sure that the Ibra was transformed into the kind of boat we wanted it to be.

Adding a completely modern style to the entire refurbishment makes it look more yachty than Dhow-like. The bottom of the boat, however, has kept to its original form of wooding and design elements. With only a few slight modifications being made externally. Mainly a swim platform to allow docking of boats as well as guests boarding, a small staff quarter and getting rid of the rickety ladder guests usually embark on a Dhow.

Within the intricate lines and measurements of Ibra’s blueprints lies the rich history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula. Dhows, with their distinctive lateen sails and graceful lines, have been the lifeblood of coastal communities for generations. Ibra’s blueprints tell the story of seafaring dynasties, pearl divers, and traders who once sailed the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

These blueprints whisper those stories of innovation, tradition, and craftsmanship. They blend the artistry of design with the pragmatism of engineering. Each line tells a tale of hydrodynamics, stability, and efficiency, ensuring that the Ibra can navigate the tempestuous seas or glide serenely through tranquil waters whilst adapting to a modern-looking environment sailing across the seas. 

In the hands of our skilled shipbuilders, the images below depict Ibra’s blueprints coming to life by showcasing the journey of building our dhows, new, modern, and elegant-looking vessels that still continue to ply the waters today. Modern dhows, like their ancient counterparts, are a testament to the enduring relevance of this maritime tradition. They embody the fusion of heritage and innovation, and they continue to serve as a symbol of Arabian maritime prowess.

With newfound knowledge, the process of deconstruction begins. The dhow is carefully disassembled, plank by plank, beam by beam. Each piece is catalogued, and every joint is scrutinized. It’s a meticulous task, akin to a surgeon’s delicate touch, as the boat is prepared for its rejuvenation.

Refurbishing a dhow is not just about repairing; it’s about preserving tradition. Skilled craftsmen, often from generations of boat builders, bring their expertise to the fore. They honour the methods passed down through the ages, using age-old techniques to shape new planks and carve intricate designs. The Ibra begins to take shape once more, only this time, reflecting the modern elegance that will create a new legacy for the vessel in its forthcoming generations of continuous innovation and transformation. 

As Ibra’s form is rejuvenated, the focus turns to its aesthetic appeal. Shipbuilders meticulously restore the boat’s striking features—the graceful lateen sail, the ornate carvings, and the intricate patterns. Every moment of construction is a moment of truth with a tribute to the Ibra’s heritage, a revival of its former splendour.

Modernity finds its place in the refurbishment journey. The Ibra is equipped with updated safety features and navigation technology, ensuring it meets contemporary standards whilst retaining its classic charm.

This harmonious blend of tradition and innovation ensures that Ibra is not only a living relic but also a seaworthy vessel for today’s adventures. Take a look at a mixture of visuals showcasing these important processes and components of making up the final product.

Finally, the moment arrives when the refurbished dhow is ready to embrace the open sea once more. The Ibra is launched into the water, and as it catches the wind in its sails, there’s a sense of renewal—a rebirth of a timeless Omani icon.

The journey of refurbishing a dhow boat is a voyage of dedication and passion. It is a tribute to the seafaring heritage of not only the Omani, but the Middle Eastern region. It is an ode to the skilled artisans who craft and restore these vessels as well as celebration of the enduring allure of the open sea. The Ibra, with its new lease on life, carries with it the whispers of history and the promise of adventures yet to come.

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