Al-Youla: It is the traditional dance in the United Arab Emirates dating back 200 years; youla began in the past as a way to demonstrate men’s strength and flaunt their abilities where they used to twirl the weapons during Arrazfa Al-Harbiya (kind of dance).
Weapon Used in Al-Youla
The weapon used in the past was heavy such as a rifle or machinegun, hindering its movement and control, while light weapons are tailored nowadays especially for Al-Youla similar to Kalashnikov and made of wood and aluminum. Equal weight for both ends of the weapon is taken into consideration to ensure balance when darting the weapon; and its handle should fit Al-Yawel’s grab.
Al-Youla Successful Features:
Al-Youla is performed by one, two or four men focusing on the skills of using Al-Youla weapon and moving it rapidly and harmonically by the performer (Al-Yaweel) who darts the weapon into the space; the higher the better. Successful dance depends on the harmony between Al-Youla performance and spin movements of the weapon.