The Fazza Championship for Free-diving is just another one of the initiatives undertaken by the organization to preserve UAE’s intangible heritage and is a tribute to the pearl divers in the country, who were the driving force of the economy at the time.
Free-diving or breath-hold diving in UAE is designed to embody the traditional ways of diving in the Arabian Gulf and involves traditional diving techniques used by early mariners in the region to stay under water.
The divers do not use any underwater equipment but rely on traditional diving techniques used by early mariners in the region to hold their breath under water for as long as they can.
The Fazza championship for Free-diving is a crucial part of the whole tournament for the preservation of this fascinating sport.
For this year’s championship, there were a total of 30 divers from 12 countries competed in the final round, which came to an end last weekend on March 7th with Polish, Omani and Kuwaiti divers smashing some tournament records.
The competition is divided into three categories – International, UAE and GCC, and Juniors (for UAE and GCC nationals) – with 10 competitors in each category.
Polish free-diver Mateusz Jan Malina won first place in the international, while Omani diver Ibrahim Al Sulaitni showed dominance in the UAE and GCC category, winning first place and setting a new regional record of sevin minutes and 59 seconds under water.
In the Juniors category, 14-year old Kuwaiti diver Ali Hassan Al Sharrah won first place and timed three minutes and 45 seconds. In second place was Emirati teen Suhail Hashem Al Marzouqi, who clocked in three minutes and 15 seconds, while Abdul Aziz Hussain Al Marzouqi finished third at two minutes and 58 seconds.
Rashid Bin Markhan, Deputy CEO of Hamdan