Saudi Arabia's diverse regions and folklore are represented by vibrant dance and music performances at Expo Dubai 2020.
The Saudi Signature Performance Group presents unique displays of incredible costumes and beautiful music, songs and chants at the Saudi Arabia Pavilion that are set to showcase the country's history and culture to a global audience at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Throughout the day, Saudi Signature Performance Group presents four different dances, called Ardah, from various parts of the Kingdom. The men line up in two rows facing each other or in a circle while each carries a sword. They are also accompanied by drums and sometimes a singer or poet.
The group begins the day with the Ardah al-Najdiyah, which has its roots in the central area of the country called Najd and is considered the national dance of Saudi Arabia.
The second performance is of the Al-Khubaiti dance, which is especially prevalent in the city of Jeda and includes distinctive turns and descents by the dancers.
For their third performance, the dancers showcase the Al-Liwa dance, inspired by African dances that may have influenced the Arabian Peninsula via Oman.
The Al-Azzawi dance is the fourth dance performed and is the most popular dance in Jizan, which is located in the southwestern corner of the country, directly north of the Yemeni border. It is often performed by young men because it requires a lot of jumping.
The group ends the evening with another performance of the Ardah al-Najdiyah. Performances take place every night at the Saudi Arabian Pavilion, located in the Opportunity District, at 19:00, 19:40, 20:20, 21:00 and 21:40.
The Saudi Arabia Pavilion offers a glimpse into the future, taking visitors on a journey through the country's ambitions through four main pillars: people, nature, heritage and opportunity. It is the second largest pavilion, after the United Arab Emirates, at Expo 2020 Dubai with a total area of 13,059 square metres.
Text, photos and video: Expo Dubai 2020