Saudi Arabia’s King Salman performs the Ardah sword dance

King Salman of Saudi Arabia took part in celebrations at the Janadriyah cultural festival in Riyadh on Tuesday.

He participated in the traditional Ardah sword dance, which used to be performed by men before going to war. It is nowadays performed during celebrations, such as weddings and national and cultural events.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia performs the traditional Ardah sword dance as part of the activities of the Janadriyah cultural festival in Riyadh on February 20, 2018. Bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Reuters
King Salman of Saudi Arabia attends a ceremony of the traditional Ardah dance at the Janadriyah cultural festival in Riyadh. Bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Reuters
King Salman of Saudi Arabia stands with Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was released from detention in late January following the kingdom’s crackdown on corruption. The two men are seen talking during the Janadriyah cultural festival in the capital. Bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Reuters
Saudi Arabia’s Prince Miteb bin Abdullah talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia during at the cultural festival in Riyadh. Prince Miteb was temporarily detained in an anti-corruption clampdown and was released after reaching an undisclosed settlement with authorities. Bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Reuters
King Salman of Saudi Arabia performs the traditional Ardah sword dance as part of the activities of the Janadriyah cultural festival in Riyadh on February 20, 2018. Bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Reuters
King Salman of Saudi Arabia check out a gun at the Janadriyah cultural festival in Riyadh on February 20, 2018. Bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Reuters

King Salman was also seen conversing with well-known Saudi figures, including billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah — both of whom were released after being temporarily detained in an anti-corruption campaign.

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Both men reached undisclosed settlements with the Saudi authorities.

Source Credit: The National

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