Prince Charles Wears Traditional Arab Dress in Sword Dance

Written by | Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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The Prince of Wales, who is currently touring of the Gulf region, has donned the traditional Arab robe and headdress before taking part in sword dance in Saudi Arabia.
The ceremony was performed to celebrate the Janadriyah Festival, an annual cultural event lasting 17 days which marks all aspects of Saudi life and is being held this week in Riyadh.
The dance is believed to originate from ancient desert chanting with swords which took place either before a battle to heighten courage or afterwards to celebrate victory.
Prince Charles wore the royal version of a long white flowing outfit known as a ”thobe” – traditionally worn by men from the Arab Gulf states. Members of the British delegation, accompanying the Prince, also wore the Saudi ceremonial outfit.
This visit is Charles’ 10th official trip to Saudi Arabia since he first visited oil-rich country in 1986. His return to the region only one year after his recent visit shows the strong ties and the special bonds existing between the two countries leaders.
During this year’s tour to region (17-20 Feb.2014), the Prince of Wales met with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and other members of the Saudi royal family. In Qatar, the Prince met the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and other senior members of the Qatari ruling family.

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