Date: 09 Dec – 10 Mar 2017
Category: Sports, Live Entertainment
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The Youla dance is one of the most extensively known and iconic Emirati traditions. Participants spin and twirl their weapons at remarkable speed. The best youla dancers from the UAE and the wider region will compete at the Fazza Youla Championship for Adults, which takes place every Friday until March.
The 17th edition of the Fazza Championship for Youllah was cheered as the second round of the Finals produced yet another perfect score of 50 during the seventh episode of the event in Al Meydan quadrant at Global Village on Friday 20th January. Organized and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) to revive heritage sports, the 18 finalists looking for the grand prize of AED 1 million and the Fazza Youllah Championship trophy over 13 rounds of the competition every Friday at 21:00.
Ms. Suad Ibrahim Darwish, Director of Championships at HHC, appreciated the level of improvement in each episode as the contestants vie for the trophy. “The changes in the format of the competition has added to the suspense of selecting the qualifiers after each round. The contestants take advantage of the experience of the members of the jury who oversee their training on Youllah movements on the ground and hitting the bell. This is evident in the scores achieved with very little to choose between those who have qualified for the second round,” she said.
The 18 finalists have been divided into three groups of six each. Each group will be guided by an expert member of the jury as his mentor. The merits of each Yuweel (Yuollah performer) will be assessed and his performances fine-tuned to unearth his talents and if he gains the votes from the two juries (excluding his mentor). As the Yuweel qualifies at the various stages of the competition, the final rounds will involve the public as they get to choose through voting. Upon the number of votes the four winners will be announced accordingly in the grand finale.
‘Youlah’ is a well-established folk art over the years where an iconic rifle is spun around to the rhythmic beat of Arabic music. One of the heritage traditions performed by the young and the not so elderly during ceremonies, Youlah as a sport started with real weapons in the past and then evolved into a weapon used with a hollow inside and free of ammunition. It enables participants to display greater agility and more skills in a dance form.
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Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
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