ABU DHABI, 9th December, 2017 (WAM) — Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, visited the events of the 4th International Festival of Falconry, which was launched on Friday at Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi.
Organised by the Emirates Falconers Club, in collaboration with several ministries, national organisations and local authorities, the two-day festival offered over 30 events designed specifically for all age groups, with the aim of passing on interest in falconry and hunting to future generations and the knowledge of the benign manners inherited by the children of the region from the first falconer, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
It also featured various events and shows inside the tents of participating countries, the heritage market and the exhibition arena, as well as a series of exhibitions, educational and entertainment programmes that include competitions, workshops and family activities.
Sheikh Nahyan also toured several pavilions, heritage districts and workshops.
While visiting various sections and areas of the festival, Sheikh Nahyan stopped at the “Falconry Legacy and Deep-Rooted Heritage” photo gallery, which displayed a collection of rare and unique photographs of the history of the festival since 1976. He also visited the stands of the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, the Emirates Falconers Club and the International Initiatives tents.
The International Festival of Falconry takes place every three years in the UAE, with the participation of international delegations and hunting and environmental experts. The current 4th edition of the festival was launched in Remah on 4th December with a three-day “Desert Camp.” The events shifted to Khalifa Park for two days, concluding on Saturday, 9th December.
The festival’s organisers stated that its current edition has witnessed extensive international participation and is the largest falconry festival in the world, with the participation of over 700 falconers and researchers representing 90 countries. The festival is important as it is a major event that helps to preserve the UAE’s cultural heritage and deepens the link between the past and present, they added.
The number of visitors at the Khalifa Park event was also 30 percent higher than the previous edition, they said in conclusion.