Al-Harbiya is one of the most prominent folk art types in the Arabian Gulf. It stems from the authenticity of the local people and their history. Al Harbiya is a Bedouin art form, performed in joyous occasions such as weddings and VIP receptions. What distinguishes this dance is that it’s verbal-kinetic; not accompanied by musical instruments. The music in this dance comes from the harmony of movement with songs and poems performed during the Razfa (dance). The songs performed are in a dialect close to formal Arabic. The subject of the songs varies between pride, patriotism and sometimes love. The razeef is performed in an enthusiastic way and usually starts after the Asr prayer and continues until after Esha prayer. There are well-known texts that are used in razeef in all Bedouin areas of the UAE.
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