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Abu Dhabi to host international hunting and equestrian exhibition

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, April 13 - 2004 @ 15:16

The Exhibition, named the “Abu Dhabi 2004 – International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition” ADIHEX, is being organised by the General Exhibitions Corporation (GEC) and the Emirates Falconers’ Club (EFC).

The event, scheduled to be held from 13-16 September 2004, being held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of Emirates Falconers’ Club.

Keeping in mind the wildlife and habitat restoration and hunting as per the regulations, ADIHEX will display qualitative goods and services provided in the sphere of hunting, training equipment for hunters, trailers, hunting dog breeds, collars and leads. This would provide a perfect location for the breeders, hunters and hunting dog enthusiasts to experience all equipment and tools related to hunting and shooting.

ADIHEX will also cover the latest aspects of equestrian, with the honor patronage of Al Wathba and Al Reef Stables, such as stable equipment, body protectors for riders, shoes and tools, horse and rider clothing, horse feed, medicines and much more will be displayed. Also awaiting is the opportunity for all those horse sport lovers to meet different horse breeders and the fine tuned skilled riders.

The Exhibition will have a strong presence on fishing and fish farming methods being implemented in the Middle East and other countries and will display a multitude of fishing industry products like fishing tackle, fishing gear, clothing, fishing boats, lures for fresh and saltwater fishing, various kinds of net winches, hydraulic equipment, trawl winches, fish pumps, fish disposal apparatus, boat hulls and accessories and various other supplies and equipment for the aquaculture field.
A special feature of the event is the Tourism Village, which is facilitated to bring all the tourist companies and professional tour operators to promote their services, distribute tour packages to individual tourist and travel trade. This offers an opportunity to streamline the promotion of tourism worldwide, ensuring that the tourists visiting the country experience an exceptionally soothing atmosphere. World class hotels and National parks are also participating, to promote their upgraded facilities, playing an important role in the promotion of tourism.

Mr. Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Member of the Emirates Falconers’ Club Board of Directors said that the exhibition aims to highlight’s UAE government efforts to achieve the sustainable use and long-term conservation of wildlife by rational management of hunting activities, and management of the wild population. “During the past, inhabitants of UAE were dependent on hunting animals and birds like Oryx, gazelle, houbara, to supplement their meager diet. However the President of UAE, realising the importance for the need to preserve a balance between man and his environment, has helped to promote sustainable hunting, carefully observing the conservation ethics, based on selective hunting and not on random shooting of animals”.

Talking about falconry Mr. Al Mazrouei said “it is a challenging and rewarding form of hunting that reminds us of the forces of nature, the interrelationship between living things and the land they share and own dependence on nature. For many centuries, falconry has captivated the spirit of the Arab world, in which it has grown to become the sport of royalty”.

He added “The UAE, and in particular the people of Abu Dhabi, have excelled in the training and taming the falcon and have been ethical in their conduct towards it. They have developed their own fine breeding techniques, which are considered to be the best by fanciers and enthusiasts of this sport throughout the world, and have resulted in producing some of the best falcons in the world”.

“At the Abu Dhabi 2004 International Hunting & Equestrian Exhibition, the different breeds of falcons around the world will be exhibited and various hunting tools and equipment used in falconry will be displayed” Mr. Al Mazrouei said.

The International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) is scheduled to hold its annual meeting on the sideline of the Show. The invitation was send in this regards by the EFC, which recently became a member of IAF, which currently federates 43 falconry clubs, from 34 countries.

“While I am impressed each year by the diversity of exhibitions that are organised by the GEC, I am particularly pleased to have this unique exhibition on our grounds” Ahmad Humaid Al Mazrouie, Acting Director General, GEC.

He said “This innovate exhibition, Abu Dhabi 2004 – International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition” 2004 has been given a great deal of importance and recognition by H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE President, whose efforts and foresight have brought many adventure shows such as falconry, horse racing, fishing and other activities to the pinnacle of success and worldwide recognition”.

This unique exhibition will encompass a gross space of 7,500 square metres of the GEC land and will host approximately 100-150 companies coming from various countries. Approximately 20,000 visitors are expected to attend the Abu Dhabi 2004 International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition. It will be presenting to its comers all dimensions of each type of hunting activity, from falconry to other outdoor adventures.

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