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The traditional Bedouin chanted poetry Al-Taghrooda is a common custom traditionally practised in UAE
The traditional Bedouin chanted poetry Al-Taghrooda is a common custom traditionally practised in UAE by tribes known for their interest in raising camels and travelling on camelback. 

This traditional art is ubiquitous in the western region and the city of Al Ain, in addition to certain Bedouin communities around the mountainous areas of Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, and the inhabitants of small agricultural villages, known in heritage as Al-Mahdar. There, elderly people gather to recite poems to an audience consisting of family members. The new communities and societies that have formed around the camel markets in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain are also key locations for these groups.

Al-Taghrooda is a popular type of traditional Bedouin chanted poetry, composed by poets and recited by men travelling on camelback through the desert. Al-Taghrooda begins with the composition or improvisation of a short poem, usually recited and repeated by other travellers. 

These poems and songs are performed either individually or collectively by camel riders, with the main performer or group leader singing the first line, and the rest of the group responding to him. These poems may be chanted during night gatherings and ceremonies held for other social occasions and events, as this particular poetry is not accompanied by any kind of musical instrument.
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