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Falconry festival to attract 500 participants

posted on 02/11/2014: 2818 views

Under the patronage of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee - Abu Dhabi will organise the 2014 International Festival of Falconry from December 7 to 13 across the Capital.

The new edition will be characterised by the participation of 80 countries represented by more than 500 falconers, experts, researchers and officials, and representatives from Unesco and other international organisations concerned with the preservation of the heritage of falconry and the protection of the environment.

The activities of the third edition of the festival will begin at the Falconers' Camp from December 7 to 10 in Hamim, Al Gharbia (Western Region). Falconers will spend three days with their birds of prey at a special site where they can practice the different traditions of falconry.

The camp bestows a unique opportunity for dialogue, interaction and open exchange of expertise among falconers and those interested in falconry.

It is also the ideal site to explore the diverse traditions of falconry from different parts of the world and gain practical know-how about the desert life experience.

International Falconry Conference

For the first time, the meetings of the International Falconry Conference will be organised this year on the sidelines of the Falconers Camp. The participating falconers will present research papers and take part in discussions and workshops on the heritage of falconry, safeguard plans and falconry skills and techniques.

The official inauguration of the festival activities will be held at the main platform at the site. Falconers from all participating countries will parade in company with their birds of prey, raising the flags of their countries and wearing traditional clothes that represent the different cultures of the world.

Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Adviser for Culture and Heritage in the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Chairman of the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee - Abu Dhabi, said, "The festival enhances Abu Dhabi's stature as a top cultural destination on both regional and international levels.

The festival also provides an outstanding environment for the exchange and dialogue between civilisations and cultures, and offers a rare platform for the gathering of peoples, organisations and individuals who have a special interest in falconry.”

Sustainable hunting

The festival is also an occasion to display the various efforts of the UAE in the fields of sustainable hunting and the protection of falconry as part of international heritage.

The programme of the festival includes the establishment of desert camps; organising a scientific conference; and cultural and art competitions that appeal to all interests and age groups. The festival is considered by experts as the biggest gathering of falconers in history. – Khaleej Times –§ion=nationgeneral


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