It isrumoured that The Al Fazz’a Cultural Championship,held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, will be holding another Freedivingcompetition in Dubai during the first week of March 2008. Last year, the first prize was a brand newRange Rover provided by Al Tayer Motors., second prizes being 20000 AED and15000 AED respectively.
Deeperblue.netare currently working to get details of dates, timings, and sponsored prizes forthis year, and will be updating the news shortly.
The Freediving Competition is normally a static apnea competition, performed as per Emirati pearl diver tradition, which is holding a weighted rope at the bottom in 2 metres depth, with no nose clip, mask, wetsuit, weightbelt or any other diving equipment. the rules are to pull oneself down the weighted line and remain submerged for as long as possible. As soon as your head breaks the surface your timing is over. The organisers are placing scuba divers are in place on the bottom in case of needed rescue.