Dubai, 18 December 2021: The bells of Al Marmoom Square announced the third episode of the 22nd Fazza Championship for Youlah and 17th edition of Al Meydan Program, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), on Friday night in Al Marmoom.

Strong competition continued and the search for the Meydan Grand Knight has become more exciting with participants competing in different sports, including swimming (held at Hamdan Sports Complex – and other traditional sports such horse and camel riding plus Saktoun (traditional rifle) shooting. The main event, of course, is Youlah but there is also recitation of traditional Arabic poetry.

Episode 3

Four Yuweels (participants) – Awad Al-Amri, Obaid bin Rakad, Mansour Al-Ahbabi and Sultan Al-Suwaidi – competed in Episode 3 but only Al-Amri and Obaid have qualified to move on to the next round.

Al-Amri collected 85 points and Obaid scored 60 points while Al-Ahbabi got 55 points in Youlah.

In swimming, Al-Amri and Obaid each scored with 25 points while in the 1,200-metre horse race, they both received 20 marks each.

Meanwhile, in the recitation of the poem “Fifty Years Before and After” by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Al-Amri and Al-Ahbabi scored 10 points each.

Obaid and Al Ahbabi excelled in Saktoun rifle shooting and each scored 15 points while in the camel race, Al-Ahbabi and Al-Amri finished with 20 points each.

For their strong performance, Al-Amri and Obaid have qualified to move on to the next round.

Promoting legacy

Rashid Al Khasouni, HHC Director of Championships, praised the high sportsmanship of the participants. He noted: “The most beautiful feature in the competitions is the fraternal and athletic spirit among everyone, where we always see their motivation for each other, and their support for everyone in all competitions. The goal of this tournament stemmed from the societal heritage based on joining hands together to promote the cultural legacy we inherited from our forefathers.

For their part, the four participants in the third episode confirmed that the support of their parents was the main reason for their presence and participation, as their families are keen on acquiring customs, traditions and heritage skills to remain in the generations, respectively.