Global experts discuss future of falconry in Abu Dhabi

Wed 06-12-2017 19:14 PM

ABU DHABI, 6th December, 2017 (WAM) — The 4th International Falconry Conference kicked off on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.

Organised by the Emirates Falconers Club, in collaboration with New York University – Abu Dhabi, NYUAD, and the International Association of Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, the conference is currently being held at the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain Zoo. The conference saw the participation of global experts and specialists in the history of falconry and human heritage.

The event saw the launch of a major research project aimed at exploring the views of international experts on ‘Old Perceptions of Global Falconry.’ The research includes a survey of the opinions of scientists from various academic disciplines, archaeology, anthropology, and media studies, as well as the experience of the falconers themselves.

It also highlighted an ambitious look at futuristic research projects in the field of falconry, which is expected to be published in a book by 2019.

Majed Ali Al Mansouri, Executive Director of Emirates Falconers Club, delivered an opening address at the conference welcoming the participating delegations and conveying a letter of thanks and appreciation from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to the conference and the International Festival of Falconry.

Al Mansouri added, “Your efforts during the previous editions of the festival represented a strong engine to promote the concepts of falconry heritage worldwide, and your vision with all its messages and initiatives have seen a strong extension of preserving this cultural heritage, and a motive for the advancement of economic development by highlighting the heritage of falconry, presented as a touristic feature of the UAE.”

The International Festival of Falconry is currently being held at Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi and will run until 9th December.

WAM/Nour Salman

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