10th Feb ’16 TH
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman takes part in the ardha (traditional sword dance) as part of the Janadriyah National Culture and Heritage Festival at Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Olympic Complex in Riyadh on Tuesday.
The dance is performed with two rows of men opposite of one another, each of whom may or may not be wielding a sword or cane, and is accompanied by drums and spoken poetry.
Originally, the “ardah” was performed only by males of tribes of the central Nejd region before going to war, but nowadays it is done at celebrations, weddings, and national and cultural events by males all tribes, such as the Jenadriyah festival. There currently exists various types of ardah across the Arabian Peninsula.