ADIHEX offers more on 10th anniversary

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ADIHEX offers more on 10th anniversary

ABU DHABI - The Abu Dhabi Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) will celebrate its 10th anniversary this September and the organisers are planning a special programme.

By (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Mon 20 Aug 2012, 1:11 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:03 PM

During the four-day exhibition to be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from September 5 to 8, the Emirates Falconers’ Club (EFC) will showcase the projects that it has achieved since its establishment in 2001, including the launch of ADIHEX first edition in 2003.

Visitors to the EFC’s pavilion will be presented with the history and achievements of the Falcon Release Programme, initiated by the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to protect the wild falcons and stop the illegal trappings and trade. Since 1995 when it was launched, over 1,300 wild falcons have been rehabilitated and released back into their natural habitat.

In fact, one of the aims of the exhibition itself is to promote farm-bred falcons, whose flying and hunting abilities have been gradually perfected to match those of the wild birds. Even the timing of the exhibition —early autumn— has been chosen so that falconers can buy falcons from one of the many participating breeders just in time for the training and hunting season.

For the past three years, the club has been organising an annual competition to choose the most beautiful and biggest falcons raised in captivity, including Lanner, Peregrine and Gyr falcons, with the aim of promoting the use of hybrid birds in falconry. The club plans this year to organise a competition to choose the best participating falconer with the best hunting equipment.

The EFC will also showcase the Wild Desert Hares Breeding Programme. Wild hares are considered one of the most important quarries for falcons. Conscious of the special care that the hares require and the difficulty of breeding in captivity, the club has intensified its efforts to ensure successful breeding of the species, which has resulted in a promising increase in the number of litters and to the eventual first launch of Desert Hares in 2012. After taking a break during last exhibition (due to cuts in space and budgets), the saluki competition is back this September, where the most beautiful saluki hounds of the Reesh and Hoss categories (long and short hair) will be chosen with the help of an international expert judge. The traditional camel auction and horse show, also cut from ADIHEX 2011, are back too, along with the archery, Arabic coffee making, Nabati poetry and art competitions. A cultural heritage village will be set up and every evening there will be Emirati folk dances. More than ever, this year the exhibition expects a large number of participants and visitors. Already 85 per cent of the 31,000 square-metre exhibition area have been booked by more than 500 companies from 39 countries.

In the past decade, the number of exhibitors and participating countries has risen remarkably, registering a 1,200 per cent growth rate.

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