x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

On the hunt to find the best looking saluki and falcon in Abu Dhabi

This year's Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition will include a camel auction, a Saluki beauty contest and a falcons and sniffer dogs show.

A gun enthusiast at last year’s Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition.
A gun enthusiast at last year’s Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition.

ABU DHABI // This year's 10th Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition will include a Saluki beauty contest, a falcons and sniffer dogs show and a camel auction.

Organised by the Emirates Falconers' Club, the event, to be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from September 5 to 8, will showcase a shooting competition and sections on hunting weapons, heritage and falcon flight as well as shows for children.

Camels displayed in auctions were bred for racing while purebred Arabian horses will put on a show with Emirati riders in traditional attire.

Visitors will be able to discover the falcon release programme, which has freed more than 1,300 birds since it was set up by the late President, Sheikh Zayed, in 1995.

The event will also showcase the wild desert hares breeding programme, which provides quarry for falcons. Hares are hard to breed in captivity and require special care.

There will also be competitions for the best looking and largest falcon raised in captivity and for the falconer with the best hunting equipment.

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