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Saudi men fly through the air firing their rifles in stunning photos

Reuters/Mohamed Al Hwaity
Fun times.
  • Caitlin Hu
By Caitlin Hu

Geopolitics Editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Drifting is no longer the most extreme sport to go viral out of the Arabian Gulf. In this striking series by Reuters photographer Mohamed Al Hwaity, Saudi men on an excursion to the city of Taif fire guns dangerously close to their own feet, just for fun.

As they leap and bound about, billowing smoke and light create the illusion of firearm-propelled flight. This dance—a somewhat more perilous version of traditional Gulf sword-dancing—is usually risked at family celebrations like weddings and graduations.

Reuters/Mohamed Al Hwaity
Saudis usually party this way to celebrate weddings or graduations. Pictured here in the western Saudi city of Taif, on Aug. 8, 2015.
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