Al-Ayyala, a traditional performing art of the Sultanate of…United Arab Emirates, Oman
Representative List 2012
EN: Several Al-Alyyala large troupes meet to perform and share their experiences. Greater numbers of performers add more excitement to the festivities.
EN: A row of Omani Al-Ayyala performers is shown with drummers and al-jaweela individual performer holding a sword.
EN: AI-Ayyala performance is usually made up of two rows, each about twenty or more performers. Drummers and individual performers occupy the central space. It is performed here in the heritage market during the camel beauty contests in AI-Dhafra, Region of Abu Dhabi
EN: A separate row of al-na'ashat performers in their colourful dresses toss their hair around and add vibrancy to the show.
EN: Musical instruments used during Al-Ayyala to pace perfomers' movements. Two types of drums, tambourine and cymbals are shown here.
EN: Omani Al-Ayyala performers show their musical instruments (trambourines, drums and cymbals).
EN: Ayyala performers during Abu Dhabi celebrations of World Heritage day, with children participation in the performance.
EN: Omani AI-Ayyala performers shown in the background, while in the front there are two drummers and two al-jaweela performers.
EN: A gathering of AI-Ayyala heritage practitioners in AI- Ain city to discuss its nomination for UNESCO inscription.
EN: Emirati Heritage researchers conduct an interview with older AI-Ayyala al- na'ashat (Abu Dhabi city, March 2012).