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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - FALCONRY

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

Treasured tradition remains of releasing Falcons back into the wild

Posted on 24/05/2005

The skies over Chitral, Pakistan, near the Afghani border, were this year's choice for the eleventh 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 is conducted in the hopes that the birds will rejoin the wild population and contribute to its growth and conservation. 39 Saker and 47 Peregrine falcons were released back into the wild. They included the late ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Hunting show attracts debutant exhibitors from 30 countries

Posted on 14/05/2005

With over 98% of the exhibition space having been booked, preparations are afoot to make the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian exhibition a great success. According to the organizers, the show which will be held from 12- 16 in September in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, is expected to bring together over 300 exhibitors from 30 countries. "The early and massive worldwide ...  >>MORE

30 countries to take part in the hunting show in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 02/04/2005

Wild falcons will get a respite as an international show on hunting beginning this year will focus on breeding the birds in captivity for falconry. Other highlights of the exhibition in which 300 exhibitors from 30 countries is a poetry night featuring a number of the best GCC poets, the daily raffle draw on captive-bred falcons for the promotion of sustainable hunting and protecting wild falcons from extinction, the huge tourist village depicting the local Bedouin tradition. Traditional ...  >>MORE

Saif bin Zayed hails hunting show as a success

Posted on 15/09/2004

Major General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior yesterday hailed the Abu Dhabi Hunting and Equestrian Show as a great success. "The fact that the exhibition attracted large segments of young UAE nationals in addition to a cross section of international hunting and equestrian fans is an evidence of its great success. This response captures the essence of the vision of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who has also encouraged the youth to ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Project completes ten years

Posted on 15/09/2004

The sources of the Indus River at the top of the Himalaya Mountains, near the Chinese - Pakistani boarders, witnessed recently the tenth annual successful release of 76 Saker (Falcocherrug) and Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) falcons - part of His Highness President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan's programme for falcon release. The release programme was organised under the aegis of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, with support being provided by the Falcon ...  >>MORE

Mansour bin Zayed inaugurates Abu Dhabi hunting show

Posted on 14/09/2004

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of the President's office, inaugurated in Abu Dhabi yesterday, in the presence of Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Economic Department, the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2004. The event is being held at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre and under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of ...  >>MORE

Emirates Falconers club is disseminating the ethics of falconry, says Hamdan bin Zayed

Posted on 11/09/2004

Since its establishment three years ago, the Emirates Falconers' Club has played a leading role in disseminating the ethics of falconry, thereby striking a balance between falcon protection and preservation of the popular sport of falconry. "The inception of the club was in line with the vision of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan , pertaining to preservation of the wildlife resources on the one hand and promotion of the local falconry heritage on the other. Today, the club ...  >>MORE

Hunting Show popularity boosted by Zayed's support: Al Mazroui

Posted on 04/09/2004

With just ten days for the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Show to kick off, the number of exhibitors has swelled to a staggering 166 firms from 21 countries around the world, according to organizers. "The tremendous success we have had so far even before the commencement of the show is largely due to the unstinted support lent to the exhibition by President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who made an historic visit to the show last year. Another obvious factor for ...  >>MORE

Falcons in focus; Show of strength for falconry

Posted on 31/08/2004

He grew up in a Bedouin tent with salukis and falcons as pets, out in the Liwa desert of Abu Dhabi. Falcons were very much a part of his childhood and wearing the hat of a falconer, as an adult seemed like the most natural thing in the world for this UAE national. Today, as board member of the Emirates Falconer's Club, EFC, Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazroui strives for words to describe his love for the sport. "I was just five years old when I participated in my first hunt with a falcon,” Al Mazroui ...  >>MORE

Beauty contest for the Bird of Prey

Posted on 31/08/2004

It's is the turn of the mighty falcon to go under the microscope after the camel. The Abu Dhabi 2004 International Hunting & Equestrian Exhibition will make history of sorts when, for the first time in the world, the bird of prey will be judged exclusively on its physical attributes and not on hunting skills. Falcons will be judged on size (the bigger the better) colourful feathers, the nose (a small pert nose will net maximum points), neck (the longer the better) and beak (a short beak is ...  >>MORE

Photo, painting contests added to hunting and equestrian show

Posted on 22/08/2004

Photographic and painting competitions have been added to the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Show, scheduled for September 13 to 16. Professional and amateur Arab and international photographers and painters are eligible for the competitions. Horse riders and falconers can participate in the competitions with photographs taken during their sports or hunting activities. A panel of experts will select the winning photographs and paintings. The winners will be awarded at a ...  >>MORE

Falconry takes centre stage of Zayed's thinking: Hamdan

Posted on 16/08/2004

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has said that the 6th of August is the actual birthday of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). "The 6th of August is the real birthday of the UAE, which, ever since, has ushered in a new era," said Sheikh Hamdan, in an editorial of the new issue of the "Al Saggar” magazine. "Before Zayed assumed power, we were dispersed emirates with disparate views and interests. But thanks to his far-sightedness ...  >>MORE

Over 800 falcons released into their natural habitat through Zayed Programme

Posted on 08/08/2004

The Sheikh Zayed Programme for the release of falcons into the wild has been a great success, releasing some 864 falcons into their natural habitat since it was first launched in 1995. According to Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazouri, Member of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Falconers Club, the programme underscored the UAE's keenness to protect the environment and conserve some of the most endangered falcon species. He said in remarks recently that certain species of falcons in the Middle ...  >>MORE

Mideast’s first falcon trading centre opens

Posted on 21/07/2004

The Middle East's first dedicated centre for falcon trading has opened in Dubai. Built by Dubai Municipality at a cost Dh16 million, the National Falcon Centre in Nad Al Sheba is expected to boost the art of falconry as a national pastime and provide a heritage landmark for Dubai. The centre which took seven months covers more than 27,000 square metres and includes a permanent exhibition and a museum featuring the history of falcons. There are three halls for various activities and ...  >>MORE

First world Falcon beauty contest to be held at Abu Dhabi 2004

Posted on 20/07/2004

The Falcon's Beauty Contest will be one of the most lively attractions of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Show in next September, organisers said. To be held from 13 to 16 September, the event will feature several falconry contests. 'These contests are aimed at raising greater awareness about the sports of falconry as an age-old tradition of the UAE people. It is also aimed at encouraging falconers to use crossbred falcons as an alternative to wild falcons which are at the ...  >>MORE

Emirates Falconers Club has achieved noble goals: says Sheikh Hamdan

Posted on 08/05/2004

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Premier, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Board Chairman of the Emirates Falconers Club, EFC, said that in view of the importance of the role being played by the EFC in fostering relationship between this great heritage and the successive generations of falconers, the Club has achieved great strides in maintaining this noble goals. Sheikh Hamdan pointed out that the Club has succeeded through the specialised Falconers Magazine to sound alarm to ...  >>MORE

GEC hosts hunting show in September

Posted on 10/04/2004

The General Exhibitions Corporation (GEC) will organise the International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition in next September under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of Emirates Falconers' Club (EFC). Organisers said that: 'Falconery is given special attention by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. According to a GEC statement, the September 13-16 event is a premier show which will take ...  >>MORE

Keeping the tradition of falconry alive

Posted on 09/02/2004

One of the most enduring images of life in the desert is that of a Bedouin on horseback, outstretched arms supporting a falcon, in intense pursuit of a prey. The practice of falcon hunting dates back almost 2,500 years when people in the desert used to capture wild falcons and train them to hunt other prey. Then, it was an integral part of supplementing a desert diet. Nowadays, the sport is more about passion and thrill of the hunt than about the food factor. And most importantly, it is about ...  >>MORE

Pride of place for falconry among traditional events

Posted on 26/01/2004

The sight of a falcon swooping down from the skies with precision to strike its prey is an awe-inspiring sight. This magnificent bird is known to be a superlative hunter and holds pride of place among the Bedouins for its hunting instincts. Among the nomadic tribes falcons were trained for hunting, but today falconry has is regarded as a noble sport and this fascinating co-operation between man and bird is one of the oldest of all open-air pastimes. The falconer was considered a figure of ...  >>MORE

NARC releases 68 Houbara in Iran

Posted on 05/10/2003

The National Avian Research Centre (NARC) announced yesterday that most of the 67 houbara it recently released in their original environments in Iran Peninsula were alive. A Centre press statement said yesterday that study results showed that big percent from these birds which equipped with radio- transmitters were alive while other left the area to Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan. 'Twenty two per cent of houbara groups were equipped with monitoring sets. 15 houbara were equipped with ...  >>MORE

Taming falcons to perfection

Posted on 04/10/2003

An Abu Dhabi-based expert said captive-bred falcons have been successfully used in Arab falconry for almost two decades. According to a study prepared by Nicholas Fox, Director of Falcon Management and Research at Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), falcons can be bred in sustainable numbers to save the bird from extinction in the wild. In his paper, 'The Role of Captive Bred Falcons', he said the bird has been bred in captivity now for about 30 years and has ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Declaration on Saker Falcon Conservation

Posted on 25/09/2003

After thorough deliberations on various studies and research tabled on the agenda by the researchers, leaders and conservationists who participated at the Symposium on "Saker Falcon Status in the Range Countries", organized in Abu Dhabi, UAE on September 23, 2003 by the Environmental Research & Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), the following is the framed declaration by the participants: - Emphasizing the importance and validity of the Gulf, Arab and international concerns over the ...  >>MORE

Zayed Falcon Release Programme completes nine years

Posted on 04/06/2003

The skies over Gurgan Province, close to the Caspian Sea in the Islamic Republic of Iran, was this year's choice for the ninth annual release of 95 falcons back into the wild under President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan's Falcon Release Programme. Early this month, 54 peregrine falcons and 41 sakers were released back into the wild on the directions of the President, along with the support of the Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), ...  >>MORE

Emirates Falconers' Club represents UAE at Germany

Posted on 23/04/2003

In an effort to promote sustainable methods of hunting, the Emirates Falconers' Club represented the UAE in an international exhibition for hunters, fishermen and marksmen, the Hunting and Fishing Exhibition 'Jagen und Fischen, Sportsch'tzen' in Munich, Germany at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from April 9 to 13. In its first participation in such an exhibition, the Falconers' Club took under its umbrella the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development ...  >>MORE

Fascination for falconry

Posted on 25/03/2003

Falconry is an ancient Arab tradition in the UAE. There is evidence of the sport being practised in the Middle East from the eighth century. In the UAE, it has been a hobby for the nationals over the centuries. They have managed to preserve the traditional aspects of the sport and teach it to younger generations. There are two kinds of falcon species used in the sport; al hurr or saqr (falco cherrug), and shaheen or peregrine (falco peregrinus). Both of these two species are almost similar in ...  >>MORE

Falconers barred from taking birds to Saudi Arabia

Posted on 01/03/2003

UAE falconers may not be allowed to take their birds to Saudi Arabia for the purpose of hunting from today, as the hunting season ends in February. The aim is to protect endangered species in the kingdom. A letter sent to the UAE Federal Environmental Agency by the Saudi Arabia National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD), states that UAE falconers wishing to hunt will be denied entry to Saudi Arabia after February. Those who want to transit Saudi Arabia to any ...  >>MORE

Falcon race held in RAK

Posted on 07/02/2003

More than 200 falconry enthusiasts took part in a falcon race organised by Al Musafiri tribe in Al Rafa'a here yesterday to mark the recovery and safe homecoming of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry. Abdullah Al Dowais, organiser of the race, said participants from all over the UAE and from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, took part in the event which lasted more than five hours. He added that more than 100 falcons of different types ...  >>MORE

Region imports 6,400 falcons

Posted on 30/01/2003

The UAE and other Gulf Arab states import at least 6,400 hunted falcons every year, most of them females, according to a specialised falcon magazine in the UAE. According to Al Saggar quarterly magazine the females are imported more as they are preferred in falconry because of their bigger size. The main falcon suppliers are Pakistan, Iran, China, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria and Libya while a few birds are hunted locally. In a long report on falconry in the UAE and the other GCC and ...  >>MORE

Falconry is an indispensable sport - Zayed

Posted on 28/12/2002

President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday attended a falconry show, which was held at Falah area, North of Shawamikh in Abu Dhabi. Also attending the show was Mrs. Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada and Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces. The show was held as part of Sheikh Zayed's keenness to revive falconry as a centuries-old heritage that has been handed down from one generation to the next in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. During the show, ...  >>MORE

Ministry issues 3,000 falcon passports

Posted on 07/11/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Federal Environmental Agency and the Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency have so far issued 3,000 falcon passports. Mansour Al Mansouri, Official in Charge of Emirates Falconers Club, said the number of falcon passports is expected to increase in the upcoming season for hunting falcons, according to a report in "Gulf News." These passports will enable falcons to travel abroad along with their owners. This system has largely helped ...  >>MORE

National Aviation Centre shocked by the killing of an endangered Houbara

Posted on 23/10/2002

The National Avian Research Centre, NARC, today expressed shock at the killing of an endangered male Houbara fitted with a satellite transmitter in northern Oman, close to the UAE and Saudi Arabian borders. In a statement issued here, the NARC, one of the main centres of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, said that the Houbara, that was illegally hunted and killed at the end of September 2002, was part of combined UAE, Omani and Yemeni environmental government ...  >>MORE

FEA starts issuing falcon passports

Posted on 22/09/2002

The Federal Environmental Agency (FEA), with the cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, began issuing 'falcon passports' for registered falcons, yesterday. This was announced by General Majid Al Mansouri, the Secretary General of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The new passports will enable falcons to travel abroad along with their owners. The passports are being issued under a new regulatory system to register all the falcons in the ...  >>MORE

Magazine on falconry to be launched

Posted on 19/09/2002

A specialised magazine on falconry in the Middle East will be launched at the Arab Hunting Show 2002 in Dubai. The six-day show, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will begin on September 23. This was revealed by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) while announcing its participation in the exhibition. Details of its participation and contribution to the exhibition will be revealed next week. The ERWDA will participate in the show through its National ...  >>MORE

Falcons to be tagged with microchips

Posted on 16/09/2002

Falcons in the UAE will be tagged with microchips and customs officials at airports, and seaports will be given hand-held readers to identify the birds going out of the country. The microchip, the size of a rice grain, will be injected just under the skin of the falcon, and the chip will have all the information about the bird, such as its age, the owner's name, and when and where it was tagged. Mansoor Al Mansoori, Director of the Emirates Falconers Club in Abu Dhabi, said this service is ...  >>MORE

Falconers asked to register birds

Posted on 14/09/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and the Federal Environment Authority (FEA) have asked falconers and falcon traders in the UAE to get themselves and their birds registered and seek a 'passport' for their (birds') travel. The move is aimed at intensifying action against illegal falcon trade in the country. The 'passport', to be issued by the authorities concerned after a bird's registration, will help maintain strict ...  >>MORE

Passports for falcons soon

Posted on 15/08/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) is putting final touches to a "travel document" issued for falcons in the country, a senior official told Gulf News. According to the source the designing and printing of the 'Falcon Passport' is in the final stage, awaiting for IUCN's (The World Conservation Union) approval. "The agency has been working on the technical side and designing the passport for more than a month, which is almost ready for release now," he said. The ...  >>MORE

Travel documents for falcons

Posted on 22/07/2002

The UAE is planning to issue special papers to its falcons to enable them to travel with their owners after it ratified a global pact on trading in endangered species this week. In an announcement published in the Arabic press yesterday, falcon owners were asked to register their birds so they can obtain such papers, in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). The announcement was published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Federal ...  >>MORE

Breeding centre offers variety of falcons

Posted on 13/07/2002

The first commercial falcon breeding centre in the UAE, which opened 15 months ago, offers the consummate falcon hunter a wide choice of some of the best birds and blood lines, from pure white Gyrs to Peregrines, Sakers and mixed breed birds. Suhail bin Tarraf, a hunter and breeder, owns and operates the Nad Al Sheba Avian Reproduction Research Centre. He thought of setting up such a centre eight years ago. The idea behind the centre is to breed different types of falcons and blood lines ...  >>MORE

Registration required for falcon trade

Posted on 08/07/2002

Starting from Saturday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has made it mandatory for all UAE falcon-owners and traders to register themselves and their birds. The move is directed at curbing illegal wildlife trade and the lifting of wildlife trade suspension imposed by the General Secretariat of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) last November. The UAE is the first among AGCC countries to implement a project that will help streamline falcon trade in ...  >>MORE

Zayed Falcon Release Programme completes eight years

Posted on 12/05/2002

The eighth annual release of Saker (Falco cherrug) and Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) falcons, part of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's programme for falcon release, was carried out in April, with the successful release of 102 Saker and Peregrine falcons in Chitral District, north-west frontier province in Pakistan. The release programme was organised under the aegis of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, with support being provided by the Falcon ...  >>MORE

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


Treasured tradition remains of releasing Falcons back into the wild


Abu Dhabi Hunting show attracts debutant exhibitors from 30 countries


30 countries to take part in the hunting show in Abu Dhabi


Saif bin Zayed hails hunting show as a success


Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Project completes ten years


Mansour bin Zayed inaugurates Abu Dhabi hunting show


Emirates Falconers club is disseminating the ethics of falconry, says Hamdan bin Zayed


Hunting Show popularity boosted by Zayed's support: Al Mazroui


Falcons in focus; Show of strength for falconry


Beauty contest for the Bird of Prey


Photo, painting contests added to hunting and equestrian show


Falconry takes centre stage of Zayed's thinking: Hamdan


Over 800 falcons released into their natural habitat through Zayed Programme


Mideast’s first falcon trading centre opens


First world Falcon beauty contest to be held at Abu Dhabi 2004


Emirates Falconers Club has achieved noble goals: says Sheikh Hamdan


GEC hosts hunting show in September


Keeping the tradition of falconry alive


Pride of place for falconry among traditional events


NARC releases 68 Houbara in Iran


Taming falcons to perfection


Abu Dhabi Declaration on Saker Falcon Conservation


Zayed Falcon Release Programme completes nine years


Emirates Falconers' Club represents UAE at Germany


Fascination for falconry


Falconers barred from taking birds to Saudi Arabia


Falcon race held in RAK


Region imports 6,400 falcons


Falconry is an indispensable sport - Zayed


Ministry issues 3,000 falcon passports


National Aviation Centre shocked by the killing of an endangered Houbara


FEA starts issuing falcon passports


Magazine on falconry to be launched


Falcons to be tagged with microchips


Falconers asked to register birds


Passports for falcons soon


Travel documents for falcons


Breeding centre offers variety of falcons


Registration required for falcon trade


Zayed Falcon Release Programme completes eight years