The word dhow is originally Swahili, and is a generic term for a variety of wooden vessels with one or more masts and a triangular-shaped sail attached to a cross beam. They flourished along the East African coast, and ancient Greek texts reference dhows dating back as far as 600 BC.
Though historians remain divided as who conceived the dhow, basically teak planks sewn together, it is suggested they were invented either by Arabs or Indians. Originally fishing, pearling or trading vessels, they are still used to transport goods along the coasts of the Arabia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and East Africa.
Today dhows may feature modern amenities designed to entice tourists and the curious. A barbeque dinner featuring authentic Arab delicacies and traditional Qatari hospitality would be a wonderful way for you to spend a magical, soothing evening.