United Arab Emirates - Delma - December 8th/9th, 2010:  The fishing industry on Delma Island thrives off of Dhows and traditional fishing methods as well as modern ones.  (Galen Clarke/The National) 

FOR ISTABSIR
The fishing industry on Delma Island thrives off of Dhows and traditional fishing methods as well as modern ones.

Istabsir: Fishermen of Delma Island



At 5am the first of the boats arrives back at Delma Island after a night of fishing. Fishermen unload their catch into baskets, to be weighed and purchased on the docks by the kilo. Dhows bring in a wide variety of fish while the smaller motorboats bring in mostly kingfish and sharks. Wire traps are woven on the island, in the shipyard where the dhows are repaired and refurbished. Sitting in the centre of the trap, which resembles a basket, the weaver works in circles, adding wire with each pass. Tape protects their hands from blisters and cuts. Dhows in the shipyard are propped up with wooden beams. New planks are carefully fitted to replace old and damaged ones on the sides and decks. String is wrapped around the head of each nail to help keep water out. The yard is filled with the sounds of hammers, drills and saws. As the sun sets, fishermen prepare their boats and traps for another full night on the sea.

To view a video of the fishermen click here.

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

FIGHT CARD

Bantamweight Hamza Bougamza (MAR) v Jalal Al Daaja (JOR)

Catchweight 67kg Mohamed El Mesbahi (MAR) v Fouad Mesdari (ALG)

Lighweight Abdullah Mohammed Ali (UAE) v Abdelhak Amhidra (MAR)

Catchweight 73kg Mostafa Ibrahim Radi (PAL) v Yazid Chouchane (ALG)

Middleweight Yousri Belgaroui (TUN) v Badreddine Diani (MAR)

Catchweight 78kg Rashed Dawood (UAE) v Adnan Bushashy (ALG)

Middleweight Sallaheddine Dekhissi (MAR) v Abdel Emam (EGY)

Catchweight 65kg Rachid Hazoume (MAR) v Yanis Ghemmouri (ALG)

Lighweight Mohammed Yahya (UAE) v Azouz Anwar (EGY)

Catchweight 79kg Omar Hussein (PAL) v Souhil Tahiri (ALG)

Middleweight Tarek Suleiman (SYR) v Laid Zerhouni (ALG)


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