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A traditional Emirati performance that combines song and poetry

Al Shila is a popular type of sung poetry that is often accompanied by the rebabah, a traditional stringed instrument. Al Shila poets are known for their beautiful voices and their skills as performers.


The sung poems of Al Shila traditionally take one of three directions: descriptive, laudatory or offering words of wisdom. 

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Al Shila is most beloved for its use of traditional melodies and the quality of the singer’s voice. 

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