Abu Dhabi hunting show wows falcon-loving Emiratis

Annual hunting and equestrian exhibition aims to educate public about emirate's heritage and resources
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A hooded hunting falcons is on display on September 14, 2011, on the first day of 17th the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian exhibition (ADIHEX), which offers visitors the chance to enjoy camel auctions and traditional hunting and equestrian activities (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Emirati man checks on the displayed hunting falcons on September 14, 2011, on the first day of 17th the ADIHEX. ADIHEX is an annual event that has rapidly gained international recognition and widespread popularity in the last seven editions, attracting over 100,000 visitors from around the world in 2010 alone (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Emirati man stands amongst hunting falcons on September 14, 2011, on the first day of 17th the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian exhibition (ADIHEX) (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Emirati woman crafts traditional straw carpets on September 14, 2011, on the first day of 17th the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian exhibition (ADIHEX), which offers visitors the chance to enjoy camel auctions and traditional hunting and equestrian activities (AFP/Getty Images)
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Hand guns are on display on September 14, 2011. Since its launch ADIHEX has grown from strength to strength and is now one of the most popular exhibitions in Abu Dhabi, encouraging, protecting and safeguarding many traditional values of the Emirates (AFP/Getty Images)
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These values are reflected in many of the activities that dominated life in the region: horsemanship, falconry, hunting, fishing and arts and crafts (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Emirati man is shown a rifle (AFP/Getty Images)
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Emirati women hand weave band strips used to decorate clothing on September 14, 2011, on the first day of 17th the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian exhibition (ADIHEX) (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Emirati woman weaves a silver coloured band (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Emirati woman spins wool on September 14, 2011 at ADIHEX (AFP/Getty Images)