RAS AL KHAIMAH: Gafoorkkas brothers club, Gabriel Chundan became the winner of the second Nehru Trophy boat race, which was held in the waters of Ras Al Khaimah. Coming in second was the Kerala Snake Boat Club-B’s St. George Chundan and Hawks Heriot-Watt Payippadan came in third place.
The race that started in the afternoon on March 27, 2022, was witnessed by more than ten thousand spectators from different parts of the country.
The event was organized by RAK International Marine Sports Club (RAK-IMC), TheBrew Media, RAK Indian Association and other Keralite Associations.
Star Align won the tug-of-war competition with the Ras Al Khaimah Pravasi Forum coming in second.
Sheikh Mayed Bin Sultan Al Qassimmi was the chief guest at the event, which was hosted by the Government of Ras Al Khaimah and the Government of Kerala. Representatives of other government departments from the emirate also attended the event. KMCC UAE President Puthur Rahman and General Secretary Anwar Naha were the chief guests.
The highlight of the night was the Chenda Fusion Musical Performance by Attamkalasamithi and Chemmeen Band with 33 Artists for the first time in the UAE, the musical performance lasted three hours long as per the request of the audience. Singer Nikhil Mathew’s performance added a magical touch to the night that became a memorable sight for all.
Major Arif Al Haranki, Managing Director, RAK International Marine Sports Club, said, “It was a great honour for him to be a part of this event and to bring 33 artists from Kerala for performing in the second home of Keralites.”
Riyas Kattil said that he was overjoyed to be the main organizer of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race held after the Covid break.
The logo of Top Drive, the new business venture of the Top One Business Group, was unveiled by the CEO Salman Ahmed and Major Arif Al Haranki at the event. As the main sponsor, he was happy to bring Kerala’s festival and sports to the expatriate world. At the same time, TheBrew Media CEO Mohammad Ameen said that the proper preparations lead to a popular successful event.
The sports car and bike show organized by the Ras Al Khaimah Arab Association in connection with the Nehru Trophy boat race was very impressive. There was a procession of various organizations among other activities at the event.
The third RAK Nehru Trophy Boat Race will be a more visual feast for expatriates in the UAE, said Salim, President of the RAK Indian Association. Shashi Tharoor MP and Ministers NN Vasavan Kadakom Palli Surendran congratulated the RAK Nehru Trophy Boat Race held for Keralite Expatriates in the UAE.