ABU DHABI, 4th September / WAM/ “Women in Falconry” is one of the main themes of the important conference hosted by the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition in its upcoming session on “The Future of Falconry Sports” in cooperation with UNESCO and organized by the Emirates Falconers Club and the International Federation of Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey The IAF, which includes in its membership 110 clubs and institutions concerned with falconry, representing 90 countries, with a total of more than 75,000 falconers around the world.
The exhibition will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the ruler in the Al Dhafra region and president of the Emirates Falconers Club, from 27 September to 3 October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. Abu Dhabi, the International Fund for Houbara Conservation, and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The falconry activities organized by the UAE throughout the year in the last two decades encouraged girls to learn the arts, skills and science of falconry, hunting and hunting, which opened the way for them to participate in falconry competitions, as happened in the field of horses and other traditional sports.
The Mohammed bin Zayed School of Falconry and Desert Physiognomy celebrated in 2018 in Ramah and Tilal Resort in Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi the graduation of the world’s first class of falconers, after they succeeded in mastering Arab falconry, its ethics, rules and ancient arts.
The school witnessed a great demand for learning the art of Arabic falconry and the traditions of living in the desert, and has been able to attract until today 2021 students of both sexes, including 1,163 males and 858 females.
The International Falconry Festival, organized by the Emirates Falconers Club in 2011, 2014 and 2017 in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to all sessions of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, witnessed the participation of a large number of falconers from all over the world, as well as many researchers from Europe, the United States and Japan.
Abu Dhabi’s heritage activities and events celebrated the presence of European-Japanese female falconers.
His Excellency Majid Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of the Abu Dhabi Hunting Exhibition, Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers Club and President of the International Federation of Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, stressed that Emirati women are very keen on the privacy of their national identity and the customs and traditions of their society, which considers falconry one of its most important pillars, as it advances and invades all domains with confidence and strength.
Falconry has become the sport of the Emirati family, where many families own birds, and the falcon was once the breadwinner of families, where the man used to go out to hunt and bring what he hunted for sustenance for his children. Especially since Emirati families are keen to visit falconry activities and enjoy their shows in nature, and mothers are keen to take pictures of their children with falconers and falcons.
In the Emirates today, there are female falconers who train, teach and raise birds, and some of them specialize in falcon medicine. As there has been a boom in the past years in the field of Emirati women entering the world of equestrian and horses, it is not excluded in the near future the emergence of hundreds of expert falconers, despite the fact that falconry is a hard and difficult sport.
Today, the 8-year-old Emirati girl, Aousa Khalifa Al-Mansoori, continues her brilliance in various festivals and exhibitions, steadfastly in line with a path full of achievements. The fourth falconer in 2017, organized by the Emirates Falconers Club, and it is considered one of the smallest, if not the smallest, falconers in the world.
Diana Dorman-Walters of International Wildlife Advisers UK said the well-trained falcon was a highly prized bird and was the finest gift that could be given in the Middle Ages to a man of the gentry or even to the king himself by anyone as an expression of gratitude.
For her part, British researcher Lisa Jarvis pointed out that the prize for beginner falconry in the United Kingdom focuses on the care and breeding of birds of prey among novice falconers as well as professional falconers.
For her part, Dutch falconer Tola Stabert said that during the Middle Ages in the Netherlands we had enough space, but although space was not a problem, falconry was practiced on a small scale only, and there was no royal court in the Netherlands like the rest of Europe, but in the south, the farmers of Vulcansward made a unique technique of Their type of hunting peregrine falcons is on the way of their migrations, and their method of hunting and trading has become very popular and has made Holland an important part of the history of falconry.
Said Zarqani, one of the founders of the Iraqi Falconers Association, who participated in previous sessions of the Al-Bizra Festival, said that his mother, Hamda Hussein, 82, had been hunting with him and his father for 28 years. That there are Iraqi falconers.