The public demonstration of the Al Saif traditional sword skills got under way tonight at three Fujairah locations—the Fujairah Corniche, the Masafi Cultural Centre and the Dibba Cultural Association.
The Fujairah city demonstration was conducted in two parts, firstly adjacent to the bull butting arena and later after prayers on the park alongside the Tourist Night Souq.
The demonstration, before a large and appreciative crowd, was preceded by games for the children and the not so young. It was good old fashioned entertainment designed to warm up the spectators for the main event.
The young swordsmen danced with their swords and were accompanied by older men doing the traditional Emirati dancing and stick waving.
The sword dancing was energetic and the music pulsating. Spectators got a good opportunity to witness the dueling and some sword throwing and catching.
The demonstration and training phase continues next Friday at the same time (5pm) and at the same three Fujairah locations.
After this demonstration phase the qualifying rounds will commence with the Al Saif Traditional sword competition culminating with the finals on 10 December at the Fujairah Fort.
Take a Look
Some pictures of the entertainment and sword demonstration at the Fujairah corniche.
Al Saif Traditional Sword Demonstration and Training Commences in Fujairah, FIF, 20 October 2010.
Traditional Sword Competition to be Held in Fujairah, FIF, 30 September 2010.
بطولة السيف Al Saif Competition, Facebook Page.
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Image: And so the sword dancing begins.