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The Pearl Banks

QFF Fall 2017 - Production Stage

Ahmed Al-Khulaifi / Short Documentary / Qatar / 30 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Documentary, History


The Arabian Gulf is internationally famous for diving and trading of natural pearls, with the historical practice forming an integral part of the regions unique cultural heritage. Qatar owns the lion’s share of the Gulf’s pearl banks, however, after the exploration of oil in the 1930s, the pearl diving industry has all but collapsed. Today, 80 years later, a question arises; what happened to the pearl diving sites named “Hair”? This documentary is a contemporary journey to explore the depths of the Qatari sea and to discover the present state of the “Hair”. Are the famous pearl banks still in existence and are they still preserving the treasures of their illustrious past?


Ahmed Al-Khulaifi
Ahmed Al-Khulaifi

About the Director

An accomplished author and winner of several photography and videography awards, Ahmed was the Chief Operating Officer at QatarGas and is currently the President of the Qatar Society of Photography.
His keen interest in underwater videography and photography has led him to the concept for his current documentary 'Pearl Bank', about the diving site "Hair", where the famous large natural pearls were discovered.


  • Main Contact

    Ahmed Al-Khulaifi

    Independent Filmmaker
    5586 8503

  • Main Contact

    Qatari Film Fund


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