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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - FALCONRY

500 falconers from 80 countries swoop on Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/10/2014

More than 500 falconers from 80 countries will descend on Abu Dhabi next month to take part in what is considered the biggest gathering in the history of the sport. The International Festivals of Falconry, which will take place alongside the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival in Abu Dhabi begins at the Falconers' Camp in Hamim, Al Gharbia, on December 7 where falconers will spend three days practising hunting prey with their birds. After the first three days in Al Gharbia the festival will move ...  >>MORE

Emirates Falconers’ Club to organise World’s Falcons Beauty Contest

Posted on 07/08/2014

The International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014 has issued invitations to falcon farms and their owners to participate in the competition for the best looking and largest falcons in the world. Judging in the contest will take place in the categories of Best Gyr-Peregrine Bred in Captivity, Best 3/4 Bred Pure Gyr, Best Gyr Male and Best Pure Gyr, in addition to the Best Display Stand for falconry and related equipment in the exhibition. Apart from the various qualifications of the ...  >>MORE

Experts to discuss draft conservation plan to reverse decline in Saker Falcon population

Posted on 15/06/2014

A plan to reverse the dramatic decline of wild saker falcons is to be presented to global scientists next month. Numbers of the bird, a migratory species found in 80 countries, have been dropping for two decades. The number of breeding pairs has almost halved, leading the falcon to be classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The breed is important to falconers in the U.A.E. and other Arabian Gulf states. Loss of habitat, electrocution by power ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital wins Middle East Responsible Tourism Award

Posted on 14/05/2014

For the second consecutive year, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) won the Middle East's Responsible Tourism Award at the World Travel Awards 2014. These awards are acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade and aim to celebrate brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence. Established by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) in 1999, the ADFH is internationally recognised for its commitment to the UAE's culture and economy and for its contribution to ...  >>MORE

Fazza Championship for Falconry hosts junior falconers

Posted on 12/01/2014

The Fazza Championship for Falconry has hosted a Junior Falconers Championship over the weekend of 10th-11th January. The championship saw Emirati youths between the ages of five and eighteen compete against each other for a first prize of a brand new Infiniti QX60 and prize money pot totaling AED 50,000. Over the two days over 90 junior falconers took part as the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre continues in its goal to encourage young Emiratis to embrace and participate in traditional ...  >>MORE

About 1,500 falcons to compete for Dh15m prize at President’s Falconry Cup

Posted on 11/01/2014

The President's Falconry Cup competitions will begin next week with about 670 participants and 1,500 falcons competing for a prize fund of Dh15 million. The winners will also be given 41 luxury cars and there will be a chance to win "Falconer of the Season” – which includes a special prize and there will also be a special round for sheikhs. A hunting round called "Telwah” will be one of the featured competitions. In this, a 400 to 600 metre area will be provided for the participants and the ...  >>MORE

Over 200 falconers competing in speed races at Fazza Championship

Posted on 05/01/2014

More than 200 falconers are competing in speed races at the Fazza Championship for Falconry, organised by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre. Mohammed bin Abdullah, head of Technical Committee, said various falcons are participating in two categories of races — the Gyr Shaheen (younger) and Gyr Shaheen (older) speed races. "There have been some major changes in how we go about timing the falcons in this year's championship. We have enlarged the finishing line for accuracy in timing. We ...  >>MORE

High technology brings falconry championship alive in drawing rooms

Posted on 04/01/2014

The Fazza Championships for Falconry, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, have started the Gyr Shaheen speed races category for the general public. The categories of falcon that are being raced are Gyr Shaheen (younger) and Gyr Shaheen (older). There was a healthy turnout of over 200 competitors in all, for both categories. "There have been some major changes with how we are going about timing the falcons at this year's championship. We have enlarged the finishing line for ...  >>MORE

Fazza Championships kick off with UAE, GCC participants

Posted on 01/01/2014

Organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, the ongoing Fazza Championships for Falconry kicked off on Moday with the Gear Tebha Jirnas - Sheikhs category. The championships are set to continue in the allocated Falconry grounds in Ruwayyah along Emirates road. Ten participants were qualified from a large group of Gear Falcons crossing the speed race 400m distance in smashing time. Fazza Championship for Falconry has witnessed major growth over the years, both in size and organisation. ...  >>MORE

Flying glory for UAE falcons

Posted on 29/12/2013

The qualification rounds of Fazza Falconry Championship concluded on December 26 and 10 contestants qualified for the final. A piece of the UAE's sporting heritage comes to fore every year at the Fazza Falconry Championship, with some of the finest falcons in the country on show competing for prizes. The competition sees falcon owners stand a short distance away from their falcons and call them to their side. The bird that covers the distance in the shortest amount of time, as it races to ...  >>MORE

Falconry competition held in Bani Yas

Posted on 05/12/2013

A Falconry competition was held yesterday in Bani Yas as part of the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival. The Sheikh Zayed Cup for Telwah Category was won by K, a falcon owned by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trained by Mohammed Sultan Matar Al Ketbi. The competition was organised by the Abu Dhabi Sport Council, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Falconers Club. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

42 iconic Houbara Bustards tagged with UAE colors fly high for Al Dhaheri

Posted on 28/11/2013

42 Asian Houbara were yesterday released into the wild by the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) in recognition of National Day in the UAE. The number of birds released represents one for each year since the country was united in 1971 and is a celebration of national pride in the success of a project inspired by the late Sheikh Zayed, made a reality through the leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. To mark the occasion, the birds were ...  >>MORE

UAE's iconic Houbara makes Paris Museum debut

Posted on 06/11/2013

UAE's iconic Houbara bustards made an appearance in Western Europe yesterday when eight of the Asian endangered birds were officially unveiled at a ceremony in Paris as the latest attraction at the Menagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes (National Museum of Natural History) in Paris. The live Houbara will be part of the museum's display of wildlife from the deserts of Arabia. The Houbara were donated by the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) from its successful captive ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital competing globally for World Responsible Tourism Award

Posted on 24/10/2013

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) has been nominated as a finalist in the "World Responsible Tourism Award" category of the 2013 World Travel Awards (WTA). The ADFH is the largest public falcon hospital in the world and since it was established by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi in 1999, it has cared for more than 60,000 falcon patients from the Gulf region, treating and examining more than 8000 falcons each year. In the past six years, it has opened its doors to tens of thousands of ...  >>MORE

2,000 Saker Falcon chicks hatched under Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi project in Mongolia in 2013

Posted on 12/09/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has confirmed that nearly 2,000 Saker Falcon chicks were hatched in 2013, as a result of its artificial nesting programme in Mongolia. The project, which is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism in Mongolia, was launched in 2010 with the aim of increasing the wild Saker falcon population. This announcement was made during the Saker Falcon Task Force - Stakeholders' Action Planning Meeting which concluded ...  >>MORE

United Nations meeting convenes in Abu Dhabi to take steps to save the Saker falcon

Posted on 10/09/2013

The Saker Falcon Task Force - Stakeholders' Action Planning Meeting convened yesterday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to discuss developments on the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) Global Action Plan. The Task Force operates under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU). The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) hosts the local United Nations Environment Programme ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Environment and Water calls on falconers to comply with CITES

Posted on 08/09/2013

The Ministry of Environment and Water has called on falconers, exhibitors and participants at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) to adhere to the rules and laws included in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to ensure free movement of falcons. The move comes within the framework of efforts to protect the wildlife and falcons from extinction. The Ministry said in a statement issued that the ...  >>MORE

Sustainable falconry practices highlighted at ADIHEX

Posted on 05/09/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), the Emirate's environmental regulator, is highlighting several of the UAE's ground-breaking contributions to sustainable falconry practices at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX), which opened yesterday. EAD's presence at ADHIEX is being facilitated through its Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital on Stand no. 10B20, which was set up by the agency in 1999 and is today the largest public falcon hospital in the world. Since it ...  >>MORE

Falcons get a pedicure at Abu Dhabi hospital

Posted on 11/07/2013

Perched on their seats, they wait their turn. Their nails need to be trimmed and filed and their teeth and beaks need polishing. The beauticians are trained to deal with these clients who are of a different feather. They are falcons. The Falcon Hospital located near the Abu Dhabi International Airport offers grooming services to the UAE's national bird. "It is an artwork. We do cutting, filing, trimming, smoothening, massaging and all sorts of grooming for the falcons,” chief vet and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's efforts see 93 endangered falcons take flight back into the wild

Posted on 24/06/2013

Ninety-three falcons were released into the wild in Kazakhstan this year as part of the Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Programme (SZFRP). This now means that a total of 1,554 of the culturally emblematic birds have been released since the programme started in 1995. The programme, under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is now in its 19th successive year and indications are that the numbers of falcons in the wild are growing as a result of the work being ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital wins "Responsible Tourism in the Middle East" Award

Posted on 07/05/2013

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has won the "Responsible Tourism in the Middle East " award which was announced during the closing ceremony of the World Travel Awards held yesterday at Le Meridien Royal Beach Resort and Spa in Dubai. The award was made to the hospital in recognition of its commitment to protecting the environment and natural heritage in the UAE, and contributions to the conservation of biological diversity. The Hospital qualified after winning a public vote to join the final ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi applies new knowledge to Falcon Conservation

Posted on 01/04/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) initiative has resulted in a major scientific advance that will greatly assist in the conservation of falcons across the region and the world. The project, which commenced in 2011 and has been conducted by scientists from Cardiff University in the UK and Beijing Genetics Research Institute in China, sought to decode the entire genetic make-up of the Peregrine and Saker falcons. Now, the project has unveiled comprehensive data on the entire genome ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital shortlisted for international Middle East Responsible Tourism Award

Posted on 21/03/2013

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) has been shortlisted for the 20th World Travel Awards' (WTA) Middle East's Responsible Tourism Award category as one of three best responsible tourism entities in the Middle East. The voting is now open to the public and ends on April 4, 2013, and if ADFH wins this regional award, it will make the final shortlist of nominees in the World' category. ADFH, which was established by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) in 1999, is today the largest falcon ...  >>MORE

ADSC announces President's Cup for Falconry Competitions 2013-2014

Posted on 06/01/2013

The President's Cup for Falconry Competitions 2013-2014 will be organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) in collaboration with the Emirates Falconry Club. The tournament will have a purse of Dh 13.5 million for winners across three categories of contests which will feature different types of falcons, according to the secretary general of ADSC Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mahmoud The announcement was made at a press conference at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. The season will begin in October ...  >>MORE

The Falcon hunting competition more Participants in the Gyr-Shahin Category

Posted on 19/12/2012

The Falcon Hunting Competition kicked off on Sunday, in Madinat Zayed in Al Gharbia (the Western Region) in Abu Dhabi for the third consecutive year with the participation of 180 competitors in the category of Gyr-Shahin . The Emirati falconer Hamdan Saeed Jaber dominated the Gyr-Shahin category by winning the four top positions with his falcons: Shebabi, Meskat, Baroud, and Shojaa 1, in times: 17.769 seconds, 18.068 seconds, 18.090 seconds, and 18.370 seconds, respectively. The Competition ...  >>MORE

UAE-piloted falconry file soars

Posted on 09/12/2012

PARIS: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, has announced that Austria and Hungary have joined the international file on falconry, which the UAE initially presented to the UN body. The file, which consolidates the inscription of falconry as a world heritage in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is annually updated to accommodate new joining states. The announcement was made during the last round of Paris meetings of ...  >>MORE

Flight of the falcons elates UAE scientists

Posted on 27/11/2012

UAE scientists are monitoring the movements of two rare falcons released into the wild in May this year. The birds were among a batch of 66 falcons released in a remote area in Kazakhstan six months ago by staff at the Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Programme Nine birds - five Saker and four Peregrine falcons - were fitted with satellite transmitters so scientists could follow them through the Central Asia steppe, but signals from seven have since been lost One of the remaining two birds, a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Falconry Competitions to kick off 29 Nov

Posted on 25/11/2012

Preparations have been completed for the Abu Dhabi Falconry Competitions which kicks off at Shabkhat Al Sarami area, in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, on 29 November, the organising committee of the event announced. The event is organised by Emirates Falconers Club under the patronage of His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Al-Wathba, Abu Dhabi, under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. As ...  >>MORE

Dh1m up for grabs at Abu Dhabi falconry contest

Posted on 12/11/2012

Prizes worth more than Dh1 million are on offer in the inaugural Abu Dhabi Falconry Competition this month. More than 500 birds are expected to take to the skies over the five-day contest, which will highlight three disciplines. Starting on November 29, owners and their birds will converge on Shabkhat Al Sarami at Al Wathba for the event at the Etisalat Village. The biggest prize – Dh250,000 and a Lexus SUV worth about Dh400,000 – will go to the owner of the falcon that covers 400 metres in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Falconry Competition takes wings

Posted on 20/10/2012

The Emirates Falconers' Club announced Thursday the launch of the Abu Dhabi Falconry Competition on 1st December 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The competition, to be organised in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Sports Council will coincide with UAE's 41st National Day celebrations. The announcement was made at a press conference held in the presence of Mohammed Khalaf Al ...  >>MORE

Falconers try to help houbara survival

Posted on 11/09/2012

Saeed Al Amri thinks he knows what it's like to be a houbara. For the past two days, he has portrayed a hunted houbara bustard in a play with his schoolmates at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex). Saeed, 10, is too young to carry a falcon or a rifle but is a veteran of hunting trips with his family. "And I will advise my family that they will not shoot the houbara," said the Year 5 pupil from Al Yaher Private School. Now he dreams of a new prize - seeing ...  >>MORE

EAD releases 66 falcons back into the wild in Kazakhstan

Posted on 14/06/2012

The Environment Agency (EAD) has released 66 falcons (44 Peregrines and 22 Sakers) back into the wild in the skies above Kurchum, Kazakhstan, as part of the Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Programme. The release is part of an ambitious research programme to understand the rehabilitation potential of falcons used for falconry and to highlight the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. The importance of both the Saker and Peregrine falcons for traditional Arab Falconry has meant ...  >>MORE

Falconry attracting young generation, says expert

Posted on 16/05/2012

The young generation is showing increasing interest in falconry as a sport, said Humaid Obaid Al Muhairi, Managing Director of Dubai Falcon Hospital. "Falconry is an activity that is usually passed down generations. Now, children whose fathers do not practise falconry are actively taking up the sport. I think it's because of the several falconry competitions with attractive prices being organised,” he added. Muhairi spoke with Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the World Migratory Bird Day ...  >>MORE

International Fund for Houbara Conservation releases 1292 Houbaras into the wild

Posted on 14/05/2012

Nearly 2300 Houbaras flew into the wilderness from captivity, thanks to an effort by the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) based in UAE. The Fund is one of Abu Dhabi government's initiatives to preserve the future of the houbara in the wild, as well as keeping alive the tradition of Arab falconry. The new set of Houbaras were released into their natural habitat from breeding centre as part of the celebrations marking the World Migratory Bird Day, said Mohammed Saleh Al ...  >>MORE

66 falcons to be released in Kazakhstan

Posted on 02/05/2012

This month, 66 falcons will be flown to Kazakhstan to be released back into the wild by Falcon Hospital Abu Dhabi (FHAD). They are all wild falcons surrendered to the hospital in the past 12 months and, according to Dr Margit Muller, director of FHAD, they are all fit and ready to be returned to their natural habitat. "We checked and made sure their health is good and in the past couple of months, they have been training as well,” Dr Muller told Khaleej Times. The falcons' rehabilitation ...  >>MORE

Saker Falcon Task Force meets in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/03/2012

The UNEP/CMS Office -Abu Dhabi holds the inaugural meeting of the Saker Falcon Task Force in Abu Dhabi on 29 March 2012. It is expected to welcome almost 30 participants from 18 different countries, including Government officials and representatives from international and non-Governmental organisations. The meeting will be hosted by the Interim Coordinating Unit (ICU) of the UNEP/CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU). ...  >>MORE

IFHC announces hatching of first Asian Houbara Chick of the Season

Posted on 23/02/2012

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) has announced the hatching of its first captive-bred Asian Houbara chick of the season, at the National Avian Research Centre in Sweihan. This chick is one of thousands to be produced in the UAE this year as part of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's strategy to protect and conserve the Houbara. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Falcons race for prizes near Al Ain

Posted on 14/12/2011

Everything is quiet on this cordoned-off patch of desert as all eyes turn to Sayer, who is carried into the racing arena by Hamoud Suliyam. The dark brown Gyr Hurr is wearing a light brown hood with golden tips, and seems oblivious to the crowds, cameras and the nervous state of her falconer. "You can do it, just stay calm," Mr Suliyam tells Sayer, petting her. The two of them stand at the bright orange-and-yellow-flagged pole for almost 20 minutes, waiting for the speed radar to be properly ...  >>MORE

The second International Festival of Falconry takes wings

Posted on 12/12/2011

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the second International Festival of Falconry took the wings yesterday in the City of Al Ain, UAE. The Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) in cooperation with the Emirates Falconers' Club and the Council of British Falconers. Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Advisor for Culture and Heritage in the Court of HH the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Director General ...  >>MORE

Traditional saluki race adds to excitement at falconry festival

Posted on 12/12/2011

Barking and snarling saluki dogs ran after "gazelles" at the camel race track in Remah, re-enacting the traditional Arabian hunt, as part of the Second International Falconry Festival that opened here yesterday. Hunting with salukis has been a long tradition in the region and is deeply rooted in local culture and heritage. The race also gave owners of the Arabian pure-bred Salukis an opportunity to test the hunting capabilities of their hounds in a traditional and natural desert setting. ...  >>MORE

Rescue efforts release 700 bustards into wild

Posted on 08/12/2011

More than 700 Houbara bustards bred in captivity have been released in UAE wilderness areas this year as part of efforts to preserve the endangered species. The effort has grown each year since 2004, when five of the birds were released. "This year we are releasing the highest number so far in the UAE," said Mohammed Al Baidani, the director general of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), which is overseeing the work. The efforts will continue until February next year, ...  >>MORE

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500 falconers from 80 countries swoop on Abu Dhabi


Emirates Falconers’ Club to organise World’s Falcons Beauty Contest


Experts to discuss draft conservation plan to reverse decline in Saker Falcon population


Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital wins Middle East Responsible Tourism Award


Fazza Championship for Falconry hosts junior falconers


About 1,500 falcons to compete for Dh15m prize at President’s Falconry Cup


Over 200 falconers competing in speed races at Fazza Championship


High technology brings falconry championship alive in drawing rooms


Fazza Championships kick off with UAE, GCC participants


Flying glory for UAE falcons


Falconry competition held in Bani Yas


42 iconic Houbara Bustards tagged with UAE colors fly high for Al Dhaheri


UAE's iconic Houbara makes Paris Museum debut


Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital competing globally for World Responsible Tourism Award


2,000 Saker Falcon chicks hatched under Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi project in Mongolia in 2013


United Nations meeting convenes in Abu Dhabi to take steps to save the Saker falcon


Ministry of Environment and Water calls on falconers to comply with CITES


Sustainable falconry practices highlighted at ADIHEX


Falcons get a pedicure at Abu Dhabi hospital


Abu Dhabi's efforts see 93 endangered falcons take flight back into the wild


Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital wins "Responsible Tourism in the Middle East" Award


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi applies new knowledge to Falcon Conservation


Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital shortlisted for international Middle East Responsible Tourism Award


ADSC announces President's Cup for Falconry Competitions 2013-2014


The Falcon hunting competition more Participants in the Gyr-Shahin Category


UAE-piloted falconry file soars


Flight of the falcons elates UAE scientists


Abu Dhabi Falconry Competitions to kick off 29 Nov


Dh1m up for grabs at Abu Dhabi falconry contest


Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Falconry Competition takes wings


Falconers try to help houbara survival


EAD releases 66 falcons back into the wild in Kazakhstan


Falconry attracting young generation, says expert


International Fund for Houbara Conservation releases 1292 Houbaras into the wild


66 falcons to be released in Kazakhstan


Saker Falcon Task Force meets in Abu Dhabi


IFHC announces hatching of first Asian Houbara Chick of the Season


Falcons race for prizes near Al Ain


The second International Festival of Falconry takes wings


Traditional saluki race adds to excitement at falconry festival


Rescue efforts release 700 bustards into wild