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Traditional desert hounds evoke keen interest around the world

posted on 16/08/2007: 2599 views

The Arabian Saluki Centre, Abu Dhabi, yesterday announced that it will participate in the Festival of the Salukis 2007 to be held from August 31 to September 7 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The Arabian Saluki Centre, established in 2002 by Hamad Al Ganem with the support of the Emirates Falconers' Club, commits itself to both the preservation of the pure breed Arabian Saluki and the traditional way of the Arabian hunting as an essential part of the cultural heritage.

The festival week will feature numerous activities such as championship shows, an exhibition of Saluki art, open houses, a seminar and lure trial.

Detailed information on the festival itself can be found on the organiser's website at

Al Ganem, Breeder, Registrar General and Director of the Arabian Saluki Centre, said: "I am pleased that the organisers of the festival gave me the opportunity to talk during the festival's seminar about the breed itself, our traditional way of hunting and our proud cultural heritage.

"My family has been breeding Aseel Salukis, the purest breed of Arabian hounds, for over seven decades. The family tradition of Saluki breeding has been passed from fathers to sons for many generations, and I am delighted that our traditional breed has found supporters and enthusiasts all over the world."

Arabian Salukis are one of the world's oldest breeds; history shows that they can be traced back almost 11,000 years. Originating from the Arabian Peninsula, these desert hounds, which are known for their exceptional stamina, intelligence and loyalty, were bred to assist man in chasing prey and catching it in the harsh desert climate. Arabian Salukis are highly prized by the Bedouins not only for the hunting purpose, but as a companion and a member of the family. (Gulf News)


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