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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - FALCONRY

A flying heritage

Posted on 21/11/2008

For centuries, falcons were used in the UAE as hunters, trained by the Bedouin tribes. The hunters would catch the birds, train them to catch prey and then release them once the season was over. Today, falconry is practised as a sport and is still a popular, traditional pastime in the country. Two years ago, the National Falcon and Heritage Sports Centre was opened in Nad Al Sheba, providing a hub to falconers for the sale of the birds of prey and other related accessories. It also ...  >>MORE

Powerful contest in Abu Dhabi to find the most beautiful hybrid falcon of the world

Posted on 12/09/2008

The International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Abu Dhabi 2008) will host the first beauty contest for hybrid falcons only, organizers of the event said. The beauty contest enjoys worldwide popularity and has attracted participation from falconers of various nationalities, said Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazroui, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Exhibition and Board Member of Emirates Falconers Club (EFC). The Exhibition, which will be held October 8-11, 2008, aims to take ...  >>MORE

Injured falcons on the wing again

Posted on 18/05/2008

At first, medical staff feared it was a hopeless case. The young falcon was near death after diving under a moving car while hunting. Four months later, and after six operations that included feather implants and a new plastic ear, Baby was at home with her owner and once again chasing her prey across the desert. "I just couldn't give up,” said Dr Margit Muller, the director and chief vet at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. "One look at its pleading eyes and my heart just melted.” With 40 ...  >>MORE

UAE is leading global campaign to recognise falconry as world heritage

Posted on 24/03/2008

The UAE is currently leading international efforts to compile a compact dossier for registering falconry as world heritage at UNESCO, a senior UAE official said. 'Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is coordinating efforts with Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, Emirates Falconers' Club and International Association for Falconry (IAF) to update falconry strategies for conservation of falconry as part of preparations of the dossier, Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director General of ...  >>MORE

Plan to release thousands of houbaras into the wild

Posted on 05/11/2007

National Avian Research Centre (NARC) has plans to release thousands of Houbara Bustards into the wild. The decision follows the centre's success in captive breeding at its facility in Suweihan. The Houbara is listed as an endangered species and its population in the wild is fast decreasing as a result of over-hunting. It is also the favourite quarry of Arab falconers and its could have serious a social and cultural impact in the UAE. The NARC, an arm of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, has ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans falconry and culture centre

Posted on 18/07/2007

Falconry and traditional Bedouin lifestyles will be showcased at a multi-million dirham desert village project to be built in Abu Dhabi. The team behind the centre intend it to become a major attraction for tourists and future generations of Emiratis. The scheme - the brainchild of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces - is being developed by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). The plans were revealed ...  >>MORE

Mohammed donates Dh7.5m for preservation of falconry

Posted on 16/07/2007

General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday donated Dh7.5 million to the Falconry Heritage Trust. The money was handed over to the trust by Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. The Falconry Heritage Trust is the international body responsible for preservation of the knowledge and understanding of ...  >>MORE

Arab falcons take to the Berkshire skies

Posted on 16/07/2007

The UAE had a large presence at the International Festival of Falconry in the UK, with 70 Emiratis running themed stalls. A parade of UAE falconers, Bedouin tents, camels and saluki dogs were all on show in the English countryside. Teams from over 30 other countries also took part. Airline worker John Green, 58, said: "It's strange to have a Bedouin tent and camels in the… fields with an English stately home in the background but it's lovely to see. "Seeing this impressive display from the ...  >>MORE

Emirati falconers arrive in London

Posted on 15/07/2007

London - A delegation of Emirati falconers from the Emirates Falconers Club arrived yesterday in London, accompanying Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, ADTA, and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, ADACH, a VIP delegation from the Abu Dhabi Government and officials from the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, EAD, to publicise and promote the efforts of the UAE to preserve the traditional sport of falconry for future generations. During ...  >>MORE

Nad Al Sheba Falcon Centre evokes enthusiasm among visitors

Posted on 02/11/2006

Visitors and tourists to Dubai have shown great enthusiasm at the newly-opened National Falcon Centre at Nad Al Sheba, which offers sale of falcons and all accessories related to falconry. Mohammed AbdulKarim Julfar, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for Financial and Properties Affairs, said as much as 80 of the Dh16 million centre is now occupied and a few facilities are still being finalized including a large cafeteria. The municipality-run facility, which is expected to ...  >>MORE

Khalifa donates 100 falcons to 'ADIHEX 2006'

Posted on 26/08/2006

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, donated 100 falcons for the raffle draws to be held during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 'ADIHEX 2006', 11 - 15 September. This donation came in accordance with Sheikh Khalifa's adherence to supporting the conservation of our deep-rooted heritage, and the conservation of falconry as a world cultural heritage through the sustainable hunting methods that ensure the balance between preserving ...  >>MORE

Dh100m is spent on falconry every year

Posted on 19/08/2006

Every year the UAE government spends Dh100 million on falconry. The investment is for the protection of the wild falcon and increasing awareness of this endangered species. "No other country spends this amount of money for the benefit of the wild falcon," said Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director General of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. The Emirates Falconers' Club is, in fact, running various projects aimed at the protection of the wild falcon. "Since 2002 we started ...  >>MORE

Hospital that keeps falcons in good health

Posted on 22/07/2006

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) has more than 80 patients at present. "There can be as many as 4,000 patients in a year. Falcons are our main specialty. But we also treat other birds like parrots or pigeons," said Dr Raj Ragavan, one of the two doctors at the hospital. ADFH is the largest public aviary hospital in the Middle East, founded in 1999 by the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency. It has just completed a full renovation. The hospital now has more space and state-of-the-art equipment. ...  >>MORE

The World's Finest Falcons to Compete at 'ABU DHABI 2006'

Posted on 02/07/2006

The International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 'ABU DHABI 2006', which will be held under the auspices of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers' Club (EFC), from 11 to 15 September, has on its schedule many globally reputable activities and competitions that reflect Abu Dhabi's ground-breaking efforts for the conservation of the deep-rooted heritage of the United Arab Emirates, the conservation of species, and the protection of the ...  >>MORE

Falcon beauty contest

Posted on 27/06/2006

Organisers of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition have announced judging criteria for the Falcon Beauty Contest which will be held for the third consecutive year as part of the show. Falcons will be judged on size, colourful feathers, the nose, neck (the longer the better) and beak (a short beak is preferred). Age will also play a major role in winning the competition. This contest is part of the effort to promote awareness as well as the ethics of falconry, ...  >>MORE

Freed falcons chart way to Central Asia

Posted on 08/06/2006

Two of the four falcons tagged with satellite transmitters released into the wild in Pakistan's Chitral Valley last month, arrived in Tajikistan and are heading further north to Uzbekistan and China. According to the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), which supervised this year's Falcon Release Programme with the support of its Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the birds were among 60 falcons released into the wild in Chitral, near the Afghan border in northern Pakistan, on May 18. One of them ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi environment agency releasing falcons back into the wild

Posted on 22/05/2006

The skies over Chitral, Pakistan, near the Afghani border, were this year's choice for the twelfth annual release of falcons back into the wild. The release came under the Falcon Release Programme initiated by the late President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and under the directions of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE's Deputy Prime ...  >>MORE

Falconry may appear on non-material heritage list

Posted on 20/05/2006

The UAE has submitted its application for membership of UNESCO's Commission for the Preservation of the Non-Material Cultural Heritage. Once approved, it will entitle the UAE to register falconry in the world list of non-material heritage, said a Khaleej Times report. Dr Nasser bin Ali Al Humeiri, supervisor of the National Archives in Abu Dhabi, told Khaleej Times that the UAE's permanent ambassador to UNESCO, Saif Sultan Al Ariani, had tabled the document before the international ...  >>MORE

UAE seeks to register falconry in UNESCO's World Heritage

Posted on 06/05/2006

The UAE has taken all steps necessary to guarantee success for its bid to register falconry as a world heritage at the UNESCO, an official said yesterday. "Falconry is considered a tradition that is deep-rooted in UAE history and it is necessary to maintain that tradition," said Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority. Sheikh Sultan said the UAE was the first country to call for proclaiming falconry as a World Heritage. "We are preparing a ...  >>MORE

Falcon hunting at the Village

Posted on 21/02/2006

Finally. It's here. The fourth Al Fazza Championship for Falcon Hunting will take place at the Global Village from February 22 to 24. A big draw among UAE nationals, the event is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders and organised by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The championship is part of the efforts to popularise traditional ...  >>MORE

Falconry archives to be established in US

Posted on 19/09/2005

As a tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the UAE, the US-based The Peregrine Fund will build archives for falconry artefacts, books and other relics, a renowned US breeder has said. "The Peregrine Fund, in conjunction with the Emirates Falconers' Club, will build archives for falconry artefacts, books and other relics as a tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his unique conservation practices," said Dr. Tom J. Cade, Founding Chairman ...  >>MORE

Falconry may find place on UNESCO heritage list

Posted on 17/09/2005

A UAE initiative to register falconry as a 'Masterpiece of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity' is being seriously considered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), a top official of the international organisation told Khaleej Times of Dubai. "We are seriously considering the project which will be one of the important entries," said Gad Y. Mgomezulu, Director, Division of Cultural Heritage, UNESCO. He said the project, submitted by the UAE, ...  >>MORE

8,000 falcon passports issued, says official

Posted on 17/09/2005

At least 8,000 falcons in the UAE have passports and many more will own this official document. "The UAE is the first country in the world to issue passports for falcons. The passport contains information about the falcon and the owner,” Yousuf Mohammad Al Hammadi of the UAE CITES office said. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to which the UAE is a signatory since 1990, is the issuing authority of passports for falcons. "The UAE started issuing passports ...  >>MORE

The sport of the Kings

Posted on 14/09/2005

Falconry is a vital part of desert life in the UAE and goes as far back as the Middle Eastern sands of the 8th century. Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) The feathers of the head and neck are sooty black with a heavy moustachial or "malar” stripe extending down from the eye; cheek patches, throat and underparts are white to sienna orange, narrowly striped on the chest and barred on the belly. They do not nest above 4,000 metres, and they do not occur on the continent of Antarctica, but they ...  >>MORE

Luggar falcon (Falco jugger)

Posted on 14/09/2005

The general appearance of the luggar's plumage is rather unremarkable — uniformly brown on the wings, back and tail, with cream to buff underparts streaked with brown. The measurements range between 35-40 centimetres, and it weighs from 500 to 720 grams. Its flight is buoyant and kite-like. Luggars nest in open desert areas on rocky outcrops or occupy abandoned stick nests in trees. They prey on small to medium-sized birds, but will also scavenge. ...  >>MORE

Black Shabeen

Posted on 14/09/2005

Is a medium-sized dark peregrine subspecies that is non-migratory and breeds in the Indian Subcontinent. ...  >>MORE

Barbary falcon (Falco pelegrinoides) and Red-naped Shaheen (Falco pelegrinoides babylonicus)

Posted on 14/09/2005

Plumage shows the general coloration of the peregrine, only paler on the upperparts and less heavily barred on the underparts. The desert barbary is the palest, with only traces of barring on the underparts. African and Arabian barbary falcons display symmetrical, rufous patches on the nape of the neck, which are relatively conspicious against the sooty, streaked, peregrine-like crown and collar. The breeding range of barbary falcon extends from the African Barbary Coast across northern Africa ...  >>MORE

Sooty falcon (Falco concolor)

Posted on 14/09/2005

As the name suggests, the sooty's plumage is uniformly sooty. The males are about 90% of female size. Their body weights range from 298 to 349 grams. Most of these small falcons are island nesters, and are resident in North Africa, the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf. They are common in the Gulf of Oman and the Howar Island south of Bahrain. ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed opens Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition

Posted on 13/09/2005

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of Emirates Falconry Club yesterday opened the International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2005, in which 353 companies representing 36 Arab and foreign countries will participate. The event will continue until 16 September 2005, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company and the Emirates Falconry Club. This year the exhibition will witness an increase in the ...  >>MORE

Hazza bin Zayed: UAE foremost nation in preserving the environment and heritage

Posted on 13/09/2005

Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan has yesterday lauded the International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2005, which is currently taking place in Abu Dhabi emirate. He said: "The exhibition is an excellent opportunity for enhancing the efforts towards the preservation of the environment and its vital diversity", adding that the UAE has become a leading country which has preserved the environment and heritage. He said the initiative taken by the UAE in registering cultural sports , like ...  >>MORE

Al Saqqar magazine to be exhibited at ADHIEX 2005

Posted on 10/09/2005

Al Saqqar Magazine, a publication of the Emirates Falconers Club, EFC, will stage a pavilion at the International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition ADIHEX 2005 which will kick on September 12, according to organizers. The Exhibition will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of EFC. In a press release, the EFC said the previous issues of its mouthpiece have been condensed in to two volume ...  >>MORE

EFC contributes to falcons conservation, says Majid Al Mansouri

Posted on 10/09/2005

The Emirates Falconers' Club (EFC) has made significant achievements since its inception on 24 September 2001, most notably in the area of promoting the falconry sport and raising awareness on the need to conserve the falcon species. According to Majid Al Mansouri, Executive Director of the EFC and Editor-in- Chief of Al Saqqar Magazine, a publication of the EFC, the launch of the Club which was in line with the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan did contribute to the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Falcons Hospital to offer services during ADIHEX 2005

Posted on 05/09/2005

Despite its relatively short span of existence, the Abu Dhabi Falcons Hospital has gained a reputation in the region as the most efficient facility for caring and treating falcons, according to Hospital officials. Since its inception, the hospital which is affiliated to the Abu Dhabi Environment Authority, has handled some 14, 000 cases from 1999 to 2004, said a statement issued by the hospital. The statement added that the Abu Dhabi Falcons Hospital will participate at the Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Arabian Saluki Centre to participate in ADIHEX

Posted on 03/09/2005

Abu Dhabi-based Arabian Saluki Centre will participate in the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2005), according to organisers. "Saluki hunting dogs are indigenous Arab hounds and are known for their penetrating intelligence, endurance and loyalty. That is why Arabs have kept them for generations," said Hamad Al Ganem, director, breeder and registrar general of the Arabian Saluki Centre. The centre specialises in breeding, registering, training, boarding and ...  >>MORE

Over 260 exhibitors from 33 countries confirm their participation at ADIHEX 2005

Posted on 20/08/2005

With the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2005) only a few weeks away, over 260 exhibitors from 33 countries have confirmed their participation at the show. Dubbed as the third largest in the world and biggest hunting and equestrian exhibition in the Gulf and the Middle Eastern region, the show will bring together the best names in the hunting equipment manufacturing industry. The exhibition which is set to kick off on September 12 will be held under the ...  >>MORE

Good response to passports for falcons

Posted on 07/08/2005

The mandatory rule to register and issue passports for falcons in the UAE enforced in 2002, has received good response, according to a Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries official. The official pointed out that the passport system for falcons was launched in the UAE with the intention of dramatically reducing the illegal trade in falcons. "The system is linked with a falcon registration process that was put into place in late 2002 with the help of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UAE and the Cites ...  >>MORE

Zayed photographic exhibition to be held at ADIHEX 2005

Posted on 24/07/2005

As a token of tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a photographic exhibition will be held on the sideline of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition which will be held on 12th September 2005, according to organizers. To be held in conjunction with Emirates Media Inc., the Zayed photographic exhibition will feature rare photographs of the late Sheikh Zayed , documenting the remarkable achievements which he made during his life-time. It also depicts in ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa donates 100 falcons to ADIHEX 2005

Posted on 19/07/2005

President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has donated 100 falcons for the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2005). "This generous donation by the President is aimed at encouraging falconers to use captive-bred falcons instead of wild falcons, thereby conserving the wild falcon population" said Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Protocol and Guest House Department and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pro-falcon Project. Based in ...  >>MORE

Official ADIHEX 2005 website launched

Posted on 09/07/2005

As part of its preparations to make the Abu Dhabi Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition a success, the organizing committee has launched a website for the show. "The launch of this website is in line with our policy to offer quality services to exhibitors and visitors alike. The website is also extremely important to enable exhibitors, companies and lovers of hunting and equestrian sports to maintain contact and follow the developments of the event" said Mohammed Khalef Al Mazroui, Chairman of the ...  >>MORE

CITES to participate at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian

Posted on 03/07/2005

The UAE office of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will maintain a strong presence at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition with the view of raising falconer awareness, according to organizers of the exhibition. CITES officials at the exhibition will offer assistance to falconers on procedures required for issuing passports to their falcons. Additionally, CITES Authorities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait ...  >>MORE

Falcon beauty contest to be staged at the Abu Dhabi Hunting show

Posted on 04/06/2005

For the second consecutive year, a falcon beauty contest will be held this year as part of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, organizers said on Friday. This contest is part of our effort to promote awareness as well as the ethics of falconry," said Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazouri, member of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Falconers Club. The contest underscores the UAE's keenness to conserve some of the most endangered falcon species, said Mazroui. He ...  >>MORE

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A flying heritage


Powerful contest in Abu Dhabi to find the most beautiful hybrid falcon of the world


Injured falcons on the wing again


UAE is leading global campaign to recognise falconry as world heritage


Plan to release thousands of houbaras into the wild


Abu Dhabi plans falconry and culture centre


Mohammed donates Dh7.5m for preservation of falconry


Arab falcons take to the Berkshire skies


Emirati falconers arrive in London


Nad Al Sheba Falcon Centre evokes enthusiasm among visitors


Khalifa donates 100 falcons to 'ADIHEX 2006'


Dh100m is spent on falconry every year


Hospital that keeps falcons in good health


The World's Finest Falcons to Compete at 'ABU DHABI 2006'


Falcon beauty contest


Freed falcons chart way to Central Asia


Abu Dhabi environment agency releasing falcons back into the wild


Falconry may appear on non-material heritage list


UAE seeks to register falconry in UNESCO's World Heritage


Falcon hunting at the Village


Falconry archives to be established in US


Falconry may find place on UNESCO heritage list


8,000 falcon passports issued, says official


The sport of the Kings


Luggar falcon (Falco jugger)


Black Shabeen


Barbary falcon (Falco pelegrinoides) and Red-naped Shaheen (Falco pelegrinoides babylonicus)


Sooty falcon (Falco concolor)


Hamdan bin Zayed opens Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition


Hazza bin Zayed: UAE foremost nation in preserving the environment and heritage


Al Saqqar magazine to be exhibited at ADHIEX 2005


EFC contributes to falcons conservation, says Majid Al Mansouri


Abu Dhabi Falcons Hospital to offer services during ADIHEX 2005


Arabian Saluki Centre to participate in ADIHEX


Over 260 exhibitors from 33 countries confirm their participation at ADIHEX 2005


Good response to passports for falcons


Zayed photographic exhibition to be held at ADIHEX 2005


Sheikh Khalifa donates 100 falcons to ADIHEX 2005


Official ADIHEX 2005 website launched


CITES to participate at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian


Falcon beauty contest to be staged at the Abu Dhabi Hunting show