Stilts are used widely in UAE for the purpose of entertainment. Stilt walkers perform their skills in parades, festivals, street events and at corporate functions.
Early stilt walking acts were mostly of the style of a very tall person with the costume having long trousers or skirt to cover the stilts. More recently stilt walkers have created a wide variety of costumes that do not resemble a tall person. Examples are flowers and animals. The tall person type has also expanded to include a wide variety of themes. Examples include sportsmen, historical acts and acts based on literary or film characters.
One of the most recent varieties of stilt walking acts is a stilt walker riding a ‘stilt bicycle’. This bicycle is usually an ordinary bicycle with extended seat post and handlebar stem.