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Search is on for the fairest Arabian Saluki.

Byline: Staff Report

Abu Dhabi: The third Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest will be held during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex), organisers have announced.

The show, organised by the Arabian Saluki Centre, will take place from September 30 to October 3 in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The contest gives Saluki owners the opportunity to showcase their precious hounds on an international show level. It will be judged by the Cathy Smith Australian Saluki Club.

Salukis will be judged on the characteristics of the standard of the breed (head, general structure, coat, movement and general impression). The contest also values the Saluki's predominant purpose (hunting, chasing, guarding) and mental condition (brave, dominant).

"After three successful years the show is now established as a regional get-together for Saluki lovers and owners from the UAE and other GCC countries. Until today, a total of 172 Saluki owners have registered their hounds to participate," Hamad Al Ganem, Breeder, Registrar General and Director of the Arabian Saluki Centre, said.

"The show gives us the opportunity to highlight not only the incredible characteristics of the breed itself, but to further create public awareness in our proud Cultural Heritage, especially for the younger generations.

Throughout the times and the changing generations, the traditional values and ethics of Arabian Bedouin are being forgotten and it is our duty to preserve and celebrate them for future generations."

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Sep 12, 2009
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