ABU DHABI: H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Emirates Falconers’ Club, on Tuesday visited the falconers’ camp at the Third International Falconry Festival, organised in the Western Region under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Hamdan toured the camp, organised alongside the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, where he had exchanges with some 60 Emirati falconers on their traditional sport, relating traditional handicrafts and issues relating to the national heritage and traditions.
Falconers talked about their experiences and ways of training and domesticating falcons for hunting.
H.H. Sheikh Saif also attended a variety of traditional performances at the camp.
Welcoming the guests to the international falconry festival, H.H. Sheikh Saif stressed that the UAE’s interest in preserving heritage, and falconry in particular, is instrumental in building bridges between peoples of the world and providing an opportunity for promoting rapprochement and dialogue between the world’s cultures.
The international falconry festival, he noted, is meant to tell the world of the story of the forefathers and to introduce the young generations to one of the pillars of the human common cultural heritage.
“We meet here (at this event) for the third time under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to contribute to preserving falconry as a human cultural heritage and authentic social values which are sources of pride for all of us. Today we meet here about four decades after we first had began our efforts to preserve falconry as a human heritage. This was manifested in 1976 in particular, when Abu Dhabi organised the first international conference on the preservation of falconry under the directives and patronage of the nation’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was a global pioneering falconer and environmentalist,” said H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed.