Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center has presented prizes to the winners of the Nokhbah or ‘Elite Championship’ at a well-attended awards ceremony for the Fazza Championship for Falconry in Ruwayyah.
Khalifa Bin Mijrin emerged victorious in the Jirnas (older falcon) category while Khalfan Bin Butti Al-Qubaisi was crowned winner in the Farakh (younger falcon) category. Both men were given a Bentley car and a cash prize of AED 500,000 for displaying the highest level of skill in their respective categories. A total of 102 elite champions competed for the title of Nokhbah Champion.
The awards ceremony took place in the presence of Abdullah Hamdan Bin Dalmook, CEO Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, Dumaithan Bin Swaidan, Head of the Committee of the Fazza Championships for Falconry and Souad Darwish, Director of the Fazza Championships.
Souad Darwish said: “The Championship this year witnessed fantastic levels of competition from highly skilled birds and falconers. This year to make it a more level playing field than in previous years, we decided to introduce two categories under the Nokhbah Championship which allowed younger and older falcons to compete in separate events.. We would like to congratulate the winners of the Championships and wish them all the best for the future.”
Dumaithan bin Swaidan added: “The Nokbah Championships were true to their title of being ‘Elite’. The cream of the contestants at the Championships competed for ultimate glory in good weather conditions. Superior organisation, transparency in timekeeping and the use of modern equipment have all contributed to making the Championships one of the most successful in the UAE and we hope to see this continue in the future.”
The Fazza Championship for Falconry was held over a 20-day period in Ruwayyah and culminated in the Nokhbah Championship. The event attracted hundreds of falconers from the Emirates and across the region who competed in a wide range of different categories helping them to become the most successful championships to date.