ABU DHABI, 9th December, 2017 (WAM) — Majed Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of the 4th International Festival of Falconry and Executive Director of the Emirates Falconers Club, has awarded a group of falconers and researchers who witnessed the 1st International Festival of Falconry, which took place under the patronage and guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed in Sultan Al Nahyan in 1976.
He honoured the leading falconers on behalf of Mohammed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Emirates Falconers Club.
Al Mansouri conveyed a message to the falconers where he expressed his appreciation for their efforts and their role as companions to the late leader, Sheikh Zayed, in fulfilling his vision for the world of falconry and his considerable efforts to strengthen falconry and remove the obstacles faced by those practicing the sport around the world.
Speaking on behalf of Al Bowardi, Al Mansouri stressed that it is a great occasion to be among experienced falconers, who contributed to laying the foundations of the falconry festival in 1976, under the patronage of the late Sheikh Zayed, the leader of sustainability who left a noble legacy in creating the first global strategy for falconry.
“What we are currently experiencing is also being felt by 117 falconry clubs and schools around the world, and 92 registered countries in the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey,” he added.
During the award ceremony, the date of the 5th Edition of the International Festival of Falconry in 2020 was announced, as well as the launch of two leading falconry and environmental protection projects, including the establishment of the “Sheikh Zayed Falconry Heritage Library,” which will be an important resource for falconry researchers and experts.
The second project is the establishment of the “Mohamed bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund,” which will have a key role in protecting the traditions of falconry and conserving all types of falcons and their lineage.
The falconers who received the awards expressed their pride and were moved and happy with their unique participation in the largest falconry event in the world.
The ceremony was attended by many falconers, researchers and experts and several local and international organisations related to the conservation of falconry, as well as the global media who had covered the International Falconry Conference and the 4th International Festival of Falconry, which was inaugurated last Monday in Telal Resort, Remah, and organised by the Emirates Falconers Club, in partnership with the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey and New York University-Abu Dhabi. Over 700 falconers and researchers representing 90 countries were present at the festival, which concluded today.