16 September 2013

United Arab Emirates 2013 Fazza Championship - Free Diving

This stamp showing a free diver from the water surface is part of a 2-stamp issue released on 28 July 2013 to mark the 11th edition of the Fazza Championship. Launched in 2002 under the patronage of His Royal Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, the Fazza Championship is an annual affair as a way to display the cultural history of the Emirates, with various events held at various locations across Dubai. This year the championship features six events including hunting falconry, falcon racing, al yullah (rifle acrobatics), shooting, hunting dog racing and free diving. The other stamp features al yullah.

Stamp image contributed by Glen Carr.

09 September 2013

New Caledonia 2013 Reopening of the Maritime Museum

A single stamp was released on 28 June 2013 to mark the reopening of the New Caledonian Maritime Museum after 3 long years of renovation work. The selvage of the full sheet of 10 stamps contains very interesting illustrations that probably refer to the subjects on display in the museum; the illustration that is most interesting here is at the bottom left corner of the sheet, showing a scuba diver recovering/studying a sunken artifact.