In pictures: UAE Dragon Boat racing enthusiasts paddle for the win in Dubai

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Participants at the Dragon Boat Challenge at the Waterfront Market in Deira, Dubai on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Chris Whiteoak / The National

The two-day event saw 70 teams from across the UAE compete in a 200-metre race. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Teams for the Dragon Boat Challegen were divided into four race categories: Open, Mixed, Women and Corporate. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Onlookers at the Dragon Boat Challenge, held at the Waterfront Market in Deira, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Teams for the Dragon Boat Challenge are usually made up of 10 members each with an additional helm. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Dragon Boat racing originated 2,500 years ago in China. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Dragons, alongside the sun, are traditionally revered in Chinese culture and Dragon Boat racing are meant to pay homage to these ancient beliefs. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Reporter: Sophie Prideaux. Features. Dragon boat racing tournament in Dubai at the Waterfront Market. Saturday, 3rd, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

For each race category at the Dubai event, the teams competed in heats, semi-finals and then the finals. Chris Whiteoak / The National

A race in action at the Dragon Boat Challenge, held at the Waterfront Market in Deira, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Participants of the Dragon Boat Challenge at the Waterfront Market on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Teams raced for 200 metres at the Dragon Boat Challenge. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Competitors came from all over the UAE. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Participants racing to the finish line. Chris Whiteoak / The National

The Dragon Boat Challenge was held for two days over the weekend. Chris Whiteoak / The National