In pictures: 4th International Festival of Falconry in Abu Dhabi
The 4th International Festival of Falconry 2017, which saw the participation of over 700 falconers, researchers and experts from leading clubs, organisations and international falconry schools from over 90 countries, concluded in Abu Dhabi.
The six-day festival highlighted the UAE’s leading role in conserving the environment and caring for its heritage, as well as in hunting and sustainability. The first three days of the festival, which was held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, involved a series of workshops in a "Desert Camp" that took place at the Telal Resort in Al Ain-Remah, where falconers spent an enjoyable time filled with excitement in the heart of the desert. Technical workshops were held on how to create leather hoods for falconry and equipment with falconers from Italy and South Africa. This year’s festival attracted the interest of the general public and saw 30 percent more visitors compared to the last edition. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received a number of falconers participating in the 4th International Festival of Falconry which began yesterday in Abu Dhabi . Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the falconers and discussed with them their activities during the festival as well as the purpose of such events and the way in which they help to promote an exchange of experiences, customs and traditions in falconry. 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. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed 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. 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. A group of French falconers visited the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village as part of the cultural programme of the 4th edition of the International Festival of Falconry 2017.