Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah Revives Traditional Sports
with Youngest U18 Emirati Scuba Diving Team New sporting achievement is a tribute to the diving heritage of the UAE
Sharjah, 13 November, 2019
Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah (Sajaya) – a subsidiary of the Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators, has formed the first and youngest Under 18 years old, Emirati scuba diving team of nine members, marking the start of a new chapter in the UAE’s record of sporting achievements.
Sajaya developed the professional scuba diving programme for its members with the aim of reviving this traditional sport in the UAE and developing the capabilities and life skills of participants by enabling them to take on new adventures and stay physically active.
Sheikha Aisha Al Qasimi, Director of Sajaya, said: “The formation of the first and youngest under 18 years old Emirati diving team is our latest sporting accomplishment, and emphasises the importance we give to preserving our heritage and national identity.”
“Diving is not merely a hobby or a sport; it is a cornerstone of Emirati heritage,” she added. “For centuries, the sea was the source of livelihood of our ancestors. Pearl diving and fishing were important occupations at the time, and also the mainstay of local economies.”
Under the supervision of a team of scuba diving experts, Sajaya’s nine-member U18 team underwent an intensive training programme comprising five comprehensive theoretical and practical training sessions. The young girls also tested their knowledge in confined waters during their training.
A detailed scuba diving brochure was also handed out to the beginners. On completion of the training, participants received their scuba diving certificates from PADI, the world’s leading scuba diver training organisation.