More than 90 falconry enthusiasts from 12 countries are meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss the sport, one of the oldest in the world.
TO GV Abu Dhabi - Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nhayyan and entourage arrive as falcon flies down and lands on keeper's arm
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SV Man picking up falcon in desert
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Background: More than 90 falconry enthusiasts from 12 countries are meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss the sport, one of the oldest in the world.
SYNOPSIS: The week-long meeting was officially opened by the ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab and President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nhayyan, on Saturday (11 December).
Countries represented at the conference include the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Iran, Egypt, and Bahrain. As well as falconry enthusiasts, representatives of organisations and societies concerned with ecological preservation were invited for discussion and exchange of knowledge.
The chairman of the meeting is the commander of the Wester Military Region, Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed. In his opening speech he said one of the aims of the meeting was to hold profitable discussions and exchange views on how to learn more about the ways and means of falconry. Sheikh Sultan said that falconry had deep roots in the United Arab Emirates and the government was eager to preserve all aspects of life n the country. To this end there had been considerable devotion to preservation of bird life.
As well as the discussions and talks during the conference, there will be practical demonstrations of the art of falconry. It will be climaxed by a falcon race outside Abu Dhabi town.