“It witnessed a growth year after year, and is today one of the most important and largest specialized exhibitions in the Middle East,” said Mazrouei’s statement, read out by Abdullah Al Qubaisi, member of the Organizing Committee and Exhibition Director, at press conference in Bahrain Wednesday.
“The number of exhibitors has risen from 192 companies from 21 countries in the year 2004 to 432 companies from 35 countries who are taking part in 2008,” said Al Mazrouei.
However, more space was needed to cope with an increasing number of exhibitors.
“The Exhibition space has been increased from 9,000 square meters in 2004 to 23,300 square meters in 2008, which is the whole area available to the Centre of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions,” Al Mazrouei remarked.
Qubaisi described the influx of tens of thousands of Arab Gulf visitors to the Emirati capital besides the GCC participation at exhibitors’ level in the hunting exhibition as a strong motivation for the event.
“Hunting and equestrian are hobbies that have won Gulf people’s hearts and minds and admiration since ancient times. The exhibition represents a renewed opportunity for hunting fans to exchange ideas and experiences, and find out the latest and newest in the world of falconry, hunting and equestrian,” Qubaisi quoted Mazrouei.
“The sales of exhibitors in 2007 had increased by more than 60% compared to sales in 2006, which emphasizes the economic role of the event,” Al Mazrouei was quoted saying.
However places for participation in the event are fully booked and many are on the waiting list, Qubaisi explained.
“Due to an intensive and continuous demand to participate, the Organizing Committee is working to absorb exhibitors who are on the waiting list. The exhibitors are also providing us with the lists of companies participating in their wings, which raises expectations for an unprecedented increase in the number of exhibitors from around the world,”
Mazrouei was quoted saying.
“One of the greatest achievements of the Exhibition is that we were able to promote the use of hybrid birds for falconry instead of the endangered wild falcons, and activate plans and strategies to maintain a balance between heritage and environmental protection,” said Mazrouei.
“We attracted tens of thousands of visitors from around the world and promoted Abu Dhabi as a unique venue to attract tourists,” he added.
The exhibition this year will host many events that have proved successful in past sessions and have become world-renowned, like falcon and dog beauty contests, horse and camel auctions, competitions for research and inventions, poetry, painting and photography.
The Exhibition will host world’s biggest camel auction where about 80 of the UAE’s best camels, donated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will be auctioned in Abu Dhabi.
The funds generated from the auction, the fourth so far, will go to subsidize camel breeding research.
Camels give birth to one newborn every two years, but thanks to the embryo implantation procedure available at the Abu Dhabi’s Veterinary Research Centre, one camel can give birth to at least five newborns a year.
Qubaisi disclosed that the new session will include many new events, especially Arab horse beauty contest – for horses under the age of five – which are set up for the first time in the Exhibition, to encourage owners to breed the best types.
The Exhibition will develop some of the events from last year, like the art of making Arabic Coffee, the ‘Made in UAE’ event, and the successful charity auction for falcons.
There will be a security committee at the Exhibition meant to oversee the licensing of hunting weapons based on well-studied mechanism to ensure the fast and easy paperwork, in addition to raising the awareness of the holders of such weapons.
The Organizing Committee has recently embarked on an extensive promotional campaign at a number of the most important horse races in the world.
The Exhibition is represented at special wings at those races, displaying promotional literature and providing information to visitors on the importance of this event in the Middle East and the world in terms of its sports, cultural, and economic aspects.
Some of the most important horse racing participants in Europe seek to take part Abu Dhabi’s Exhibition Abu Dhabi for the first time. These include: Newmarket, Equiros, National Horse Racing Society, National horse-breeding union, Zilveren Spoor hippisch centrum, France Gallop, and Georg leicher innovation.
Qubaisi said that the continuous successes achieved by Exhibition is the result of the support given by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates; Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces; and Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers’ Club.
Qubaisi emphasized the great role played by media in the promotion of the Exhibition in the past, to highlight the ancient heritage of the UAE.
Qubaisi thanked the UAE embassy in Bahrain for their role in promoting the Exhibition.
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