UAE stand at hunters fair charms Germans

ABU DHABI - In an effort to promote sustainable methods of hunting, the Emirates Falconers' Club (EFC) has recently represented the UAE at an international exhibition for hunters, fishermen and marksmen - Jagen und Fischen, Sportschtzen - held in Munich, Germany, from April 9 to 13.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 28 Apr 2003, 12:39 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:05 PM

The event marked its first participation in such an exhibition, since it took under its umbrella the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), the Arabian Saluki Centre and the National Avian Research Centre (NARC).

ERWDA sources said that together they participated in the event, under the theme "Towards Sustainable Hunting in Arabia", to highlight the fact that the Arabian Peninsula had one of the world's longest traditions of hunting, especially falconry.

The exhibition was the 11th in a series which helps keep fishermen and hunters updated on the old customs and traditions associated with their sport. This year, the number of visitors increased to 45,000 from 17 countries. The exhibition was inaugurated by Bavarian Minister of Agriculture Josef Miller and by secretaries of state Hans Spitzner and Karl Freller who first visited the EFC stand and showed keen interest in falconry, while admiring one of the club's falcons which was flown out to Germany especially for the exhibition.

The EFC's stand recreated the original UAE landscape of sand dunes in the middle of the exhibition In addition, staff dazzled visitors by donning traditional national dress. The EFC's participation was further enhanced by the distribution of German-translated brochures on the UAE's different organisations dealing with the subjects of falconry, fishing, environment etc.

Here in Abu Dhabi, the EFC promotes awareness of the environment and organises workshops on the health and welfare of falcons. The club also hopes to organise regular falconers' gatherings where the younger generation can meet experienced falconers to exchange information.

NARC, which also participated in the exhibition, highlighted to visitors its activities and research programmes in the field of conserving houbara and captive breeding.

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