Festival in Khalifa Park: 8-9 December 2017

What's On

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Youth & Family Activities

With this year’s Festival focusing on Youth, many activities are designed with children and young adults in mind. Join exciting games, listen to thrilling stories of falcons and salukis, take part in interactive workshops, and meet real falconers who will introduce you to birds and hunting dogs.

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Practical Falconry Workshops & Talks

Take part in practical workshops suitable for all ages, on how to repair broken feathers, handle a falcon, track a lost bird, make your own transmitter and other falconry equipment, and much more. Learn how the ancient art of falconry lives alongside new technologies and training methods.

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UAE Pavilion

Meet live houbara and saluki dogs, as you hear about the various state-led conservation and falconry heritage initiatives in the UAE. In a Bedouin tent, close your eyes and listen to Nabati poetry and let it take you on a journey to the heart of the desert and to its inhabitants and their lifestyle.

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Falconry Nations

Hundreds of falconers from over 80 countries will be coming together to celebrate and share knowledge, and learn about the traditions, techniques, and equipment used by their colleagues around the world. Festival visitors can discover a colourful, multicultural, and multilingual fair and meet young and old falconers in their national dress from all corners of the planet.

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International Falconry Initiatives

Take a journey from falconry’s past and into the future. Learn about the achievements and future priorities of the growing international community of falconers and falconry organisations. Discover the role the UAE played in the UNESCO inscription of falconry as Intangible Cultural Heritage, and get an insight into the many ways falconers are involved in nature conservation.

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Arabian Falconry Pavilion

Watch the world go by, relaxing in the company of falcons and salukis. Experience the amazing hospitality of the falconers of the Gulf region, and hear their stories over an Arabic coffee. Young visitors will enjoy exciting tales of the houbara.

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Falconry Schools Talks & Workshops

International Falconry Schools from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Spain, Poland and Slovakia will hold workshops and talks throughout the two day Festival. Join them to learn more about young people who are involved in falconry and raptor conservation around the world.

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IAF School Links Programme Talks

The IAF School Links Programmes connects students from all over the world using falconry and bird of prey conservation as a means of introduction. Come meet young students and teachers from the programme who have travelled all the way from Mongolia to talk about falconry and raptor conservation.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Desert and Physiognomy School Talks & Workshops

The Mohamed bin Zayed Desert and Physiognomy School is the first school in the world dedicated to teaching the principles and practice of Arabian falconry and promoting its cultural value for future generations. Join their talks to learn about Arabian falconry.

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