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10 December, 2017 

30 Percent Increase in the Number of Visitors from the Last Edition

The 4th International Festival of Falconry Concludes in Abu Dhabi

Sunday 10th December, Abu Dhabi: The activities of the 4th International Festival of Falconry 2017 concluded today that lasted for six days in the capital Abu Dhabi, with participation of over 700 falconers, researchers and experts that represent the most important clubs, organisations and international falconry schools in more than 90 countries from all around the world. The festival shed light on the leading role of the United Arab Emirates in the conservation of the environment and taking care of its heritage as well as hunting and sustainability.

Desert Camp-Remah

The first three days of the festival that was under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, May God Protect Him, involved a series of workshops in the Desert Camp that took place in Telal Resort in Al Ain-Remah where falconers spent an enjoyable time filled with excitement in the heart of the desert. They took part in the art of falconry and participated in hunting trips in the presence of Emirati falconers on both camels and horses.

They also visited live displays of falcons presented by Emirates Falconers Club in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Falconers Club. The falconers, researchers and participants on the camp discussed issues such as: The heritage of falconry throughout history, international agreements and legislations for hunting, future strategies for falconry in the world, technologies and peaceful methods for the conservation of falconry and its prey, topics related to animal rights and the nutrition and veterinary care of raptors.

There were technical workshops on how to create leather hoods for falconry and its equipment with falconers from Italy and South Africa, and instructional classes and different presentations for the different methods to make traps presented by Emirate falconers. There was also a presentation for tools for location services and tracking in addition to discussions surrounding strategies of the International Association of Falconry in a session entitled: “Women and Falconry,” presented by Alessandra Oliveto.

International Falconry Conference

The festival was a golden opportunity for falconers and researchers to connect and engage with one another, as well as to share their different experiences and to learn about the different traditions for this sport from all the different parts of the world. The festival witnessed the launch of the International Falconry Conference that was organized by Emirates Falconers Club in collaboration with New York University-Abu Dhabi and the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey that took place in Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain Zoo where a project was announced called: “Future Outlook on International Falconry.” This project aims to gain the views of scientists from different academic fields.

Attending the conference were a group of experts and specialists in the history of falconry and human heritage among them Professor Baudouin Van den Abeele, a Historian and Professor at the Belgian University in Louvain who presented a lecture on Arab Treatises on Falconry into Europe, Dr. Yannis Hadjinicolaou who presented about Falconry Images: A View from Art History. Similarly, Dr. Keiya Nakajima from Japan and Researcher Karl-Heinz Gersmann from Germany also reviewed photos that chronicled falconry in Japan. During the lecture they discussed a book called: An Illustrated Picture Book of Hawking, published by a Japanese photographer at the end of the 19th century.

Award Ceremony for Pioneers of the 1st Festival of Falconry

Emirates Falconers Club organized, among the activities of the festival an award ceremony for 27 falconers and researchers who were pioneers who witnessed the 1st Edition of the International Festival of Falconry that took place under the patronage and guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1976. The award ceremony was attended by falconers, researchers, experts, several local and international organisations concerned with the conservation of the falconry heritage, in addition to the local and international media.

General Public Interest

The festival attracted the interest of the general public significantly, with 30 percent more visitors from the last edition of the festival and it embodies the popularity of this sport and its connection with the national identity of the people of the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf nations and the Arab world.

His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court inaugurated the activities of the festival that took place in Khalifa Park yesterday afternoon. He toured the photo gallery: ‘Falconry Legacy and Deep Rooted Heritage,’ where there is a display of a collection of rare and unique photographs of the history of the Festival since 1976 as well as the ‘Sheikh Mansoor Pavilion for Arabian Horses,’ and the section of ‘Emirates Falconers Club’ which is dedicated to the conservation of this cultural and human heritage on a global level. He also visited the “National Archives,’ where he witnessed historical images of the Union’s progress and the building of the country and the role played by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the founding of the Union.

His Highness also toured the cultural displays that are part of the festival and the section of the United Arab Emirates, and overlooked the most important initiatives in the care of wildlife and the efforts in conservation of falcons and their prey from extinction.

The last day of the festival witnessed visits from several families with their children as the festival had a dedicated corners for juniors and families filled with several educational and recreational activities for all ages, in addition to dynamic workshops and exhibitions of fascinating stories about falcons and meetings with famous falconers. There were also technical workshops to educate children on making hoods and how to design them with clay, in addition to competitions with valuable prizes and the opportunity to hold falcons and take pictures with them and to meet with the characters ‘Haboor’ and ‘Saqoor.’

Visitors of the Festival Ask For An Extension to the Activities 

The Organising Committee received great praise from the general public as they were dispersed in an organized manner to assist the general public and several of the visitors asked for an extension of the activities of the festival. Ahmed Balushi one of the visitors expressed that the Organising Committee deserves thanks and that he asks the Committee to extend the time of the activities and to spread the scope of the festival activities to all parts of the world. He praised at the same time that the dedication of the clubs and relevant organisations towards the conservation of this cultural heritage and the significant participation in this world event that benefits this heritage in the present and the future.

Similarly Khamis Al Owaisi said, “It is obvious that the Organising Committee of the activities in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi exerted a lot of effort throughout all the five past days to meet all the needs of the participants and visitors in all the programmes that they organized. At the same the Organising Committee ensured that all the technical and logistical efforts were taken care of to facilitate everything and to ease the process to exhibit this cultural heritage and to inform the participants of the initiatives related to the conservation of falcons, their prey and increasing awareness about sustainable hunting.”

He added that the initiatives and activities that of this current edition of the festival assert that it has left its global mark over the past 41 years and in the current year with the support of the leaders of the country it has achieved success due to the collective effort that is geared towards the delivery of this special event in its best form and with the best services due to the support of the participants on the one hand and the distinguished exhibitions for visitors on the other.

Nasser Saoud stated that the presence of several media organisations both print and television who are covering this significant event should be considered a message of gratitude and appreciation to all those who took part in the success of the different activities that attracted thousands of those in love with this noble heritage.

He elaborated that this year is the best and most modern as the festival witnessed an increase in the number of participating falconers and the number of visitors asserts the interest of nationals, residents and visitors to the country to improve their skills and culture in environmental issues especially those related to falconry and how to conserve it.

Khadem Khabeely said, “This festival provides a real chance to connect with several people from all ages and pioneers who lived the stage before the Union and the establishment of the country and to learn  from their stories what happened in history and to know about the sport and how ancestors partook in it over the ages as it was a hobby they ate from.”

He said that the efforts of sustainable hunting and the conservation of the falcons and all the special initiatives have seen positive and clear progress that increases every year because of the efforts made by the great government to support this global and national heritage. He asserted that the festival is a platform that displays this heritage and gives an ideal picture of the traditions that are unique to the people of the Arab world.

Ivan Anderson, one of the participants of the festival expressed his extreme happiness in participating and his appreciation for the organization since the inauguration of the festival and the role of the Organising Committee in facilitating his participation and all the work done to satisfy all the demands of the participants which reveals how the Organising Committee aims for huge success for the festival.

Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School

The Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School which is the first of its kind in the world specialized in the teaching of Arabian Falconry presented to the general public, through its exhibition tent, an opportunity to learn how to handle falcons, to train them to stand on their perch and to know all falconry equipment and how to use it. It also offered those interested in the hobby of falconry the opportunity to join the school and to know the educational curricula that is supervised by the best falconers and experts from all around the world.

General and Media Interest

His Excellency Mohamed Bin Ahmed Al Bawordi, Deputy Chairman of Emirates Falconers Club expressed his thanks to His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court for his honourable presence at the inauguration of the festival and he praised the official sponsorship of the festival beginning with the generous patronage of His Highness, the President of the United Arab  Emirates and the unconditional support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

He also expressed appreciation for the extreme interest of the media that were from local, regional and international outlets and the significant efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirates towards protecting the environment and the conservation of raptors and preserving the noble heritage of the country and to all the relevant countries concerned with this human heritage on a global level.

Two Pioneering Initiatives in the United Arab Emirates

His Excellency added during the award ceremony of the pioneering falconers that it is a great event to be among the experienced falconers who contributed to laying the foundations of the 1st Edition of the International Festival of Falconry in 1976 under the patronage of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the leader of sustainability.

His Excellency announced during his speech that was given on his behalf by His Excellency Majed Ali Al Mansouri about the launch of two pioneering projects in the field of falconry and conservation of the environment. One of them is the “Sheikh Zayed Falconry Heritage Library” and the second is the “Mohammed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund,” that will play a huge role in taking care of the heritage and conservation of falcons and their lineage.

Strategic Partners and National Sponsors

The festival was organized by Emirates Falconers Club in strategic partnership with the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey and New York University-Abu Dhabi and collective support from government organisations and private sector companies who sponsored the festival. The main one being Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank-The Main Sponsor of the Festival, Yas TV, the Media Sponsor and Telal Resort that hosted the Desert Camp activities in addition to the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Falconers Club and several ministries and national and local authorities. The Organising Committee exerted significant effort to result in this large international gathering.

His Highness Majed Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Organising Committee expressed his happiness at the success and stated that it was a result of the unconditional support from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, May God Protect Him and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and continuous follow up of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, Chairman of the Emirates Falconers Club.

The next edition of the International Festival of Falconry will be in 2020 and the festival is held every three years starting from the second edition in 2011 while the first edition of the festival was launched in 1976 under the patronage and guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The festival is the largest gathering of falconers in the world as it brings together falconers, researchers and experts and several local and international organisations dedicated to the conservation of the falconry heritage from all the different continents of the world. The festival also includes several officials from UNESCO and international representatives concerned with the conservation of the falconry heritage and protecting the environment. It attracts the attention of local and international media and it represents international confidence in the United Arab Emirates and the ability of the country to organize such a global event.

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09 December, 2017 

His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Inaugurates the Activities of the 

4th International Festival of Falconry in Khalifa Park

Saturday 9th December, Abu Dhabi: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, May God Protect Him, His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court inaugurated the activities of the 4th International Festival of Falconry yesterday afternoon, which is organized by Emirates Falconers Club in collaboration with several ministries, national organisations and local authorities.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed that the festival exposes the world heritage of noble falconry with its cultural activities and heritage that gives us a picture of the lives of the ancestors and their original traditions. He clarified that at the same time the festival presents the richness of the traditions, heritage and scientific culture and its diversity through cultural, educational and recreational methods displayed in the international pavilions of the participating international countries.

He added, that the patronage of His Highness the President, May God Protect Him, is a reflection of his constant interest in the heritage of the falconry, which is considered a heritage for all of humanity, and his keenness to uphold it with all its contents, which reflects the unique relationship that has developed between man and earth over hundreds of years. He pointed out that this interest contributed significantly to the development of the festival edition after edition, and was a great incentive for innovating several of the activities that led to the achievement of the goals of the festival for the conservation of this global heritage.

He praised the care and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow up of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, Chairman of the Emirates

Falconers Club, for these authentic and noble heritage activities and the conservation of falconry with a scientific methodology that contributes to the sustainability of wildlife and the environment.

He began his tour of the sections and areas of the festival in the photo gallery: ‘Falconry Legacy and Deep Rooted Heritage,’ where there is a display of a collection of rare and unique photographs of the history of the Festival since 1976. He also visited the Emirates Falconers Club section, which is considered one of the most important clubs involved in the conservation of this cultural and humanitarian heritage worldwide, and the ‘National Archives,’ where he witnessed historical images of the Union’s progress and the building of the country and the role played by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the founding of the Union.

His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed overlooked the heritage areas of the festival, the UAE Pavilion, the International Falconry School Corner and the International Initiatives Exhibits, where he saw the most important pioneering initiatives in preserving wildlife and efforts to conserve falcons and its’ prey from extinction.

During the visit, His Highness listened to descriptions of a number of initiatives and programmes implemented by clubs and associations concerned with the conservation of falcons and the most important projects and plans to be implemented in the near future.

His Highness expressed his gratitude for the efforts exerted by the Organizing Committee and the participating organisations, praising the role of their members, who spared no effort for the festival to reach international acclaim, which the festival was established for since its inception.

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09 December, 2017 

Launch of Two Leading Projects for Falconry and Conserving the Species

Emirates Falconers Club Awards The Pioneering Falconers from the 1st Edition of the Falconry Festival

Saturday 9th December, Abu Dhabi: On behalf of His Excellency Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Deputy Chairman of Emirates Falconers Club, His Excellency Majed Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee and Executive Director of the Emirates Falconers Club, awarded last Thursday evening a group of falconers and researchers who witnessed the 1st Edition of the International Festival of Falconry that took place under the patronage and guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1976.

The Deputy Chairman of Emirates Falconers Club conveyed a message to the awarded falconers where he expressed his appreciation and thanks for the efforts they exerted in their role as companions to the late leader Sheikh Zayed in his vision for the world of falconry and his great efforts towards strengthening falconry and removing all obstacles that could be faced by those who practice this sport in all parts of the world.

In the speech of his Excellency Majed Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee and Executive Director of the Emirates Falconers which was given on behalf of His Excellency Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Deputy Chairman of Emirates Falconers Club, Al Mansouri expressed that it is a great event to be among the experienced falconers who contributed to laying the foundations for the Falconry Festival in 1976 under the patronage of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the leader of sustainability and who left a great impact in setting the first global strategy for falconry. He added that what we are experiencing today is in the presence of 117 falconry clubs and schools around the world and 92 registered countries in the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey.

At the award ceremony it was announced that the date of the 5th Edition of the International Festival of Falconry will be 2020, in addition to the announcement of the launch of two leading projects in the field of falconry and protection of the environment. One of them is the establishment of the ‘Sheikh Zayed Falconry Heritage Library,’ which will be an important resource for researchers and experts in the field of falconry. The second project is the establishment of the ‘Mohammed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund,’ which will have a major role in protecting the heritage and the conservation of all kinds of falcons and their lineage.

The falconers who received awards expressed their pride and were moved and happy with this unique participation in the largest falconry event in the world.

The award ceremony was attended by several falconers, researchers and experts and several local and international organisations related to the conservation of the falconry heritage. Additionally, there was global media who covered the International Falconry Conference and the activities of the 4th International Festival of Falconry that was inaugurated last Monday in Telal Resort in Remah, organized by Emirates Falconers Club in partnership with the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey and New York University-Abu Dhabi. Present in the festival are more than 700 falconers and researchers representing 90 countries. The festival will continue through till 9th December.

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08 December, 2017 

On display are a rare collection of photographs, falconry classes and competitions for the public

Initiatives of the 4th International Festival of Falconry in Khalifa Park Inaugurated Today

Friday 8th December, Abu Dhabi: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, May God Protect Him, the initiatives of the 4th International Festival of Falconry organized by Emirates Falconers Club will be inaugurated today in collaboration with several ministries, national organisations and local authorities. The Festival will be taking place over the next two days in Khalifa Park in the capital Abu Dhabi.

The Festival in its current edition has witnessed extensive international participation and is the largest in the world with participation from over 700 falconers and researchers that represent 90 countries from across the globe. The Festival is of great importance as it is one of the main events that contributes to the preservation of the dignified UAE cultural heritage and deepens the link between the past and the present.

The Organising Committee of the Festival completed all the organisational, technical and logistical preparations for the initiatives to take place in collaboration with strategic partners from government authorities and clubs and organisations related to falconry.

The Organising Committee developed an agenda for the activities with sponsorship from official sponsors of the Festival which include: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, the Gold Sponsor, YAS TV, the Media Sponsor, Telal Resort that hosted the Desert Camp of the Festival in addition to Al Ain Zoo where the International Falconry Conference took place in the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre. The Festival was also sponsored by several individual official sponsors and official organisations that are part of the government of Abu Dhabi.

The Festival offers more than 30 initiatives designed specifically for all age groups targeted towards passing on the sport of falconry hunting to future generations and the knowledge of the benign manners inherited by the children of the region from the first falconer, May God Forgive Him, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The Organising Committee of the Festival extended invitations to all organisations and clubs related to falconry and all those interested as well as the general public and local and international media to attend the activities and initiatives of the Festival, which are taking place daily on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December.

Part of the initiatives and various activities of the Festival include a “Falconry Display” which takes the visitors through an enjoyable and unique journey through the history of the International Festival of Falconry since 1976, as well as through an exhibition of rare photographs taken by the lenses of those who witnessed the most important event in the history of falconry.

As for the UAE section in the park, visitors will be able to know the most important leading initiatives of the country regarding the preservation of falconry and its active role in the protection of falcons, its prey and its environment.

At the pavilion of Emirates Falconers Club, visitors can visit exhibitions to get to know the different breeds of Arabian Saluki Dogs that have always accompanied falconers during hunting over the past centuries, and at the section of Al Ain Zoo there will be a display of several birds of prey and a tent for “Sheltering Birds of Prey.”

On a cultural level and to create awareness, there are specialized tents for International Initiatives displaying a group of initiatives that are concerned with falconry, its history, its conservation and passing it on to future generations.

At the “International Falconry School,” visitors and researchers may get to know the most important methods followed by countries such as Slovakia, Poland, Spain, Zimbabwe, South Africa for the conservation of this international heritage and the most important tools used by these countries to spread the art of hunting with birds of prey and all their different types.

The Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School offers visitors, through its tent on display, an opportunity to learn how to deal with falcons, train them on standing on their perch, and to be familiar with the different kinds of falconry equipment and how to use them. Visitors who are interested in falconry will also have the opportunity to join the school which is the first specialized one in the world that teaches Arabian Falconry, tracking and desert studies.

As the Festival this year is focused on Youth, the Organising Committee has created a specialized section dedicated to juniors and the family where there are dynamic workshops and stories and fascinating events related to falcons and a chance for children to meet the cartoon characters that they love. In the section there are also workshops where children can learn to make hoods and design them with clay, in addition to taking part in competitions with valuable gifts for the participants. Children will also be able to learn healthy methods to carry the falcon and to take memorable pictures with them.

The International Festival of Falconry has been taking place every three years in the United Arab Emirates for the past forty years with participation from international delegations and experts working in the fields of hunting and the environment. The current 4th Edition of the Festival was inaugurated in Remah on 4th December where there was a Desert Camp that lasted for three days and the initiatives shifted to Khalifa Park starting today and will continue till 9 pm on Saturday 9th December.

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07 December, 2017 

Experts at the International Falconry Conference Discuss the Future of Falconry at the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre Abu Dhabi:

As part of the 4th International Festival of Falconry which is being held in Abu Dhabi from the 4th to 9th December, the International Falconry Conference, which was organized by the Emirates Falconers Club in collaboration with New York University – Abu Dhabi and the International Association of Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, began on Tuesday.

The conference, which was held at the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain Zoo, revealed the launch of a major research project aimed at exploring the views of international experts on ‘Old Perceptions of Global Falconry.’ The research includes a survey of the views of scientists from various academic disciplines, archaeology, anthropology, and media studies, as well as the experience of the falconers themselves.

The conference also highlighted an ambitious look at futuristic research projects in the field of falconry that are expected to be published in a book by 2019. This was discussed in a lecture by Dr. Anne-Lise Tropato, Falconry Research Coordinator at the University of New York-Abu Dhabi, who was part of the conference that hosted a group of experts and specialists in the history of falconry and human heritage. Participants also included Professor Baudouin Van den Abeele, a Historian and Professor at the Belgian University in Louvain. Mr. Van den Abeele gave a lecture in which he discussed ‘Arab Treatises on Falconry into Europe,’ which focused on Arabic writings that were translated into Latin and became popular in the West.

The conference also included a number of lectures on the history of falconry from an artistic point of view. Dr. Yannis Hadjinicolaou presented a lecture entitled ‘Falconry Images: A View from Art History.’ Similarly, Dr. Keiya Nakajima from Japan and Researcher Karl-Heinz Gersmann from Germany also reviewed photos that chronicled falconry in Japan. During the lecture they discussed a book called: ‘An Illustrated Picture Book of Hawking,’ published by a Japanese photographer at the end of the19th century.

His Excellency Majed Ali Al Mansouri, Executive Director of Emirates Falconers Club and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Festival, delivered an opening speech at the conference welcoming the participating delegations and conveying a letter of thanks and appreciation from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. He expressed appreciation in his letter for the participation of the leading falconers from the 1st Edition of the International Festival of Falconry and also praised all participants and the strong efforts they exerted to participate in this world event. Al Mansouri also pointed out the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan which were to overcome all obstacles for the festival guests and providing them with all their requirements and praised their active participation in the success of this festival, which is considered the largest gathering of falconers in the world.

Al Mansouri added, “Your efforts during the previous editions of the festival represented a strong engine to promote the concepts of falconry heritage worldwide, and your vision with all its messages and initiatives have been a strong extension of preserving this cultural heritage, and a motive for the advancement of economic development through highlighting the heritage of falconry and to present it as a touristic feature of the UAE.”

Al Mansouri also said: “We appreciate your efforts in communicating and caring about the affairs of falcons, researchers and experts in this field and presenting the issues that concern the falconers and those who partake in the sport of hunting.”

Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri, Director General of Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium Public Institute in Al Ain, expressed his pleasure to host the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain Zoo for this important event which is part of the environmental heritage system adopted by the park, as part of its 50-year mission to preserve the components of wildlife and birds, with falcons at its forefront.

Al Hajeri added, “Al Ain Zoo has a great wealth of birds and we offer the best training and protection methods. We are proud to have the first Emirati female bird trainer on a country level in addition to bird shows and exhibitions which are considered one of the most important experiences of the Zoo. Through these displays a live image of falconry and hunting by falcons is portrayed which is an ancient UAE heritage. We work in cooperation with the relevant institutions, headed by the Emirates Falconers Club to preserve and pass it on to future generations.”

The International Falconry Conference was attended by a large number of falconers, experts and researchers in the field of falconry. It was also attended by 27 pioneers of falconers and researchers who witnessed the inauguration of the International Festival of Falconry in its first edition in 1976 under the patronage of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The 4th International Festival of Falconry will take place in Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi on Friday and will open its doors to the public for two days. It will be filled with various events and shows inside the tents of the participating countries, the heritage market and the exhibition arena. In addition there will be a series of exhibitions, educational and entertainment events that include competitions, workshops and activities for families.

 

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04 December, 2017 

4th International Festival of Falconry Inaugurated Today

Abu Dhabi, 4th December, 2017:- Today is the inauguration of the desert camp activities at Telal Resort in Remah of the 4th International Festival of Falconry that is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, May God Protect Him. The Festival is organized by the Emirates Falconers Club in strategic partnership with the International Association of Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey and New York University-Abu Dhabi. There are more than 700 falconers and researchers representing 90 countries participating in the event, as well as several international organisations headed by UNESCO.

The participants will be taking part in desert camp activities that will last for 3 days and there will be several topics that are of importance to falconers from all the different parts of the world such as: “The Heritage of Falconry….Throughout History,” “International Agreements and Legislations for Hunting,” “Future Strategies for Falconry in the World,” “Technologies and Peaceful Methods for the Conservation of Falconry and its Prey,” in addition to hunting trips for the guests in collaboration with Emirati falconers. There will also be practical and technical workshops and a conference with several sessions and lectures in different languages among which is Arabic Theses on Falconry in Europe.

The initiatives of the 4th International Festival of Falconry will shift to Khalifa Park in the capital Abu Dhabi, where there will be activities for the general public that involves displays, competitions and exciting tours over a period of two days from the 8th to the 9th of December.

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29 November, 2017

4th Edition of the International Festival of Falconry will kick off in Abu Dhabi on Monday

The Festival is held under the patronage of the UAE President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and 90 countries will participate in the event.

ABU DHABI-November 30, 2017Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the 4th edition of the International Festival of Falconry (IFF 2017) will be inaugurated in Abu Dhabi on Monday, December 4th. Over 700 falconers, experts and researchers, representatives from old clubs, cooperative societies and international falconry schools from more than 90 countries across the world will participate in the festival.

His Excellency Majed Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee and Executive Director of the Emirates Falconers Club said that the festival, which will take place from December 4th until December 9th, is the continuation of the first International Festival of Falconry which was inaugurated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in December 1976 in order to conserve falconry heritage and to highlight the UAE’s efforts in the protection of the environment.

“It is a great opportunity to organize the fourth edition of the International Festival of Falconry as we come closer to the ‘Year of Zayed,’” said Al Mansouri.

“This year’s festival is distinguished from others through the great importance given to young falconers, as it has attracted more than 250 youth falconers. Also attending are 27 falconers and researchers who witnessed the festival since its

first edition, 40 years ago, providing a chance to reflect from the past and present to plan for the future.”

The festival will begin with events at the Sahrawi camp for falconers at the Telal Resort in Remah, from December 4th to 6th, where the falconers will spend time with their birds in an ideal environment for falconry, as well as attend organized sessions at the International Falconry Conference during the camp and participate in discussions and workshops on falconry heritage.

And from December 8th to 9th the festival events will take place at Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi city, with activities open to the general public and families. Visitors will get a chance to tour the exhibition, which includes more than 100 photos taken from the first edition of the festival, hunting birds and houbara birds, and to identify the different breeds of the Arab Saluki dogs that have been accompanying the falconers in hunting for centuries.

The festival will also include many tents and exhibitions of the participating countries that will draw crowds, market and heritage arena displays, in addition to a series of educational events and a variety of children and students activities.

The festival, organized by the Emirates Falconers Club, highlights the UAE’s efforts in promoting the Intangible Cultural Heritage of falconry of the UAE and worldwide as well as the successful inscription in the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the UNESCO in 2010.

The festival also presents the UAE as a modern state that has succeeded in merging sophisticated information technology with old traditions and culture. It

also promotes Abu Dhabi as a unique tourist destination not only in the UAE or the Gulf region but also globally.

Emirati falconers will have the chance to explore the different cultures of participating countries in an environment that encourages interacting with people of various cultures and backgrounds, falconry organisations and individuals so as to support, preserve and develop this heritage.

With the participation of falconers, experts, researchers, and international delegates from countries from across the world along with UNESCO representatives, and the relevant organisations concerned with preservation of falconry heritage and conservation of the environment – this festival is by far the largest of its kind worldwide in the field of falconry and its heritage.

The festival also attracts the Arab and international media, which reflects global confidence in the efficiency and ability of the UAE to organize some of the most important international events.

-Ends

The 4th Edition of the International Festival of Falconry – Figures and Facts

-90 participating countries.

-700 falconers, experts and researchers.

-27 falconers and experts who witnessed the first festival.

-250 youth falconers.

-50 Activities.

-8 international schools and academies for falconry.

-102 rare pictures taken from the first festival.

-The festival celebrates youth under the theme: ‘The leaders of the current generation pass knowledge, wisdom and skills of falconry to the youth and make it a living heritage and legacy for generations to come’.