Bull wrestling or butting was perhaps introduced to Oman during a period of Portuguese influence in the 15th Century. On alternate fridays one of three towns just north of Muscat host a fight. Two equally-matched bulls are goaded into wrestling each other and the first bull to drop to its knees loses. No gambling occurs.
In the mid-afternoon around 40 adult bulls were brought to the sandy arena and tied to stakes on the periphery. A water tanker was used to dampen the dust before the wrestling started. A host with a hand-held loudspeaker commentated. Every so often a bull would throw off its restraining leash and run at the crowd. Bulls are rarely injured but every season a couple of spectators are gored or trampled to death.