Dubai, January 29, 2022: The cast is now complete: Mansour Al Falasi booked the fourth and final ticket to the Golden Square, the semi-final round of the 22nd Fazza Championship for Youlah and 17th edition of Al Meydan Program, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC).

Al Falasi, who edged over Muhammad Al Shehhi by just one point, has joined Awad Al-Amiri, Rashid Balrakad and Fayyad Al-Amri in the Golden Square, before an over-all grand winner will be hailed as the Meydan Grand Knight.

Tight competition

Al Falasi were tied Al Shehhi going into the final event on Friday night but Al Falasi showed his composure and beat Al Shehhi by one point. Al Falasi got the nod of the judges and scored 49 points while Al Shehhi earned 48 markers.

Early in the week, Al Falasi dominated the 50-metre swimming competition held at Hamdan Sports Complex to get 20 points. But Al-Shehhi came back with strength and won the Arabic poetry recitation, supervised by poet Muhammad Al-Murr Al-Abd, and earned 10 markers. He also won the Saktoun rifle shooting and got additional 15 points.

Al Falasi bounced back by excelling in the camel race, which was also held on Friday at Dubai Camel Racing Club’s Al Marmoom Race Track, and earned 20 points.

It was in the Youlah competition that Al Falasi finally broke away with the one-point win.

Nathalie Awadissian, chairman of the Organising Committee of the Fazza Championship for Youlah and HHC Director of Radio Stations Department, Media and Corporate Communication, said: “The very tight quarterfinal competition only showed the competitiveness and level of skills of the participants this season. They have really trained hard and are very eager to win the Cup. The contestants have been empowered in various heritage competitions and have shown great merit and enthusiasm.”