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Falcon festival concludes Saturday.

Qatar International Falcon and Hunting Festival concludes Saturday at Katara, the Cultural Village Foundation, with Mazayen (the most beautiful falcon) competition as well as the awards ceremony at 5.30 pm. The final rounds to determine the top three winners for events including the Dau (local division), Hudud Al Saluki and the Hudud Al Tahaddi challenge were held Friday. Summing up the month-long festival which concludes today, Ali bin Khatim al-Mahshadi, chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee said: "This edition of the festival has achieved success beyond our expectations, which is ample reward for the extensive efforts of preparation and receiving visitors to the festival grounds . We thank everyone who participated in the festival and visited it. We hope they have enjoyed the many exciting events." The results of the local division of the Dau event saw several winners including Mohamed Saleh al-Qamra al-Nabet al-Marri, Ahmed Misnad al-Misnad, Khaled Rashid Saleh Aba al-Zamat al-Marri, Misnad Ahmed al-Misnad, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Jabor al Thani and Mana Abdulhadi al-Shahwani al-Hajri. The winners in the Hudud Al Saluki event were Sheikh Ali Abdullah Khaled Hamad al-Thani and Saud Ahmed Mubarak BuGhanem al-Sulaiti. Hudud Al Tahaddi challenge winners were Mohamed Saleh al-Qamra al-Marri and Mohamd Saad al-Rumaihi. The Dau event showcases the skills of a falconer in training his falcon; a falcon is required to cross a distance of 400 meters to reach the finish line with the help of a signal from its owner in the shortest possible time. The Hudud Al Saluki event is a race in which salukis, or Arabian greyhounds, try to cover a distance of 2 kilometers in the shortest time. The Hudud Al Tahaddi challenge is a competition in which falcons seek to obstruct the flight of homing pigeons especially trained to fly to a point many kilometers away, and causing them to land. The sixth edition of the Qatar International Falcons and Hunting Festival is being organised by the Gannas Society under the patronage of HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani at Sabkhet Marmi near Sealine, Mesaieed.

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
Date:Jan 30, 2015
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