The origin dates back to the 17th century and was introduced by the Portuguese who once colonised the area. The free event is held every Friday (except for the Summer months), on an open space opposite the Corniche in Fujeirah and starts about 1 hour before sunset.
Two at a time, the bulls are then brought into a large area of sand. Once released they start "pushing" (butting) each other. After a few minutes only, a judge declares the winner who was able to push the other animal backwards the furthest.
A team for every bull then "pulls" the animals apart.
It is a family event, which brings young and old, UAE Nationals, Expats and tourist together. While for safety reasons, the area is fenced off, some people sneak in to get a better view. Yours truly was one of them…
Beside the actual "butting", I found it to be a very social event with plenty of people photography opportunities!
If you want to do something different on your typical lazy Friday ( day off in the UAE ) afternoon, a quick trip to the Fujeirah Bull Butting is worth it!
A gallery with all images of the event, made with the Fujifilm X-E1, can be found here.
Whatever you do, wherever you are; "have a great weekend" !