Seven special contests for hunting show

ABU DHABI — Over 75,000 visitors and 400 exhibitors from as many as 35 countries are expected to throng the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX).

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 7 Aug 2006, 10:20 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:04 PM

The event, organised by the Emirates Falconers' Club, will take place from September 11 to 15 at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre.

The organisers have announced that there is no limit on the number of participants but added that anyone who wants to register must do so by August 31.

Apart from hunting and falconry equipment, camel and horse auctions and heritage related exhibitions, there will also be seven special competitions at ADIHEX this year.

Owners of falcon farms can participate in the hybrid falcon competition, which has three categories — finest Gyr-Saker, finest Gyr-Peregrine and finest male Gyr.

There is also a competition for best idea or invention related to hunting and falconry equipment.

During poetry nights, poets from the GCC region will recite "Nabati" poems, competing for the title of the finest poem describing a bird, the finest poem describing a hunting trip and the finest poem about losing a bird.

Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouie, chairman of ADIHEX Organising Committee and Board Member of Emirates Falconers' Club, said that these poetry evenings will not only unravel some of the most beautiful "Nabati" verses but will also revive a deeply rooted, traditional poetry style, locally called "Al Qalta".

A fourth competition will be for the best research on Arab hunting and equestrian theme.

The work must be specially written for the exhibition and it must be between 20 and 50 pages.

On the artistic side, there will be two competitions, painting and photography, where anyone can participate with works of art on hunting, equestrian and heritage subjects. This year, ADIHEX will also introduce two new competitions.

One will be for the best-equipped vehicle for hunting trips held under the inventions category. Saluki, the Arabian hunting dog, will be present at ADIHEX 2006 for the first time.

Both feathered and smoothed breeds will compete in two categories — beauty contest and lure coursing show.

ADIHEX is not only a great promoter of social, cultural and traditional aspects of Gulf countries in general and UAE in particular, but it also offers unique economic opportunities.

According to the organisers, last year alone exhibitors made more than Dh60 million in direct sales as well as business deals worth Dh800 million.

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