Qatar Falcons & Hunting Fest off to flying start.
THE sixth edition of the Qatar Falcons and Hunting Festival, being held under the patronage of HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani at Sabkhet Marmi near Sealine, Mesaieed, opened on Monday with the Hudud Al Tahaddi challenge.
The event saw an intense competition between the competing falcons, which were characterised by their speed and strength, as they struggled to catch the homing pigeons flying beyond Sealine and toward Umm Abirieh, North of Doha.
Commenting on the occasion, the chairman of the organising committee, Ali bin Khatim al Mahshadi, thanked the festival's patron, Sheikh Joaan for his unlimited support of the heritage event as well as the authorities supporting the festival for ensuring that it is an exciting and enjoyable event.
Mahshadi also announced that passports would be issued for falcons to be used as travel documents between the countries of the GCC which would enable falconers to travel with their birds by air, land or sea, in a first of its kind which aims to support the heritage sport of falconry.
For his part, the General Manager of Katara Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti, who had attended the day's events, noted the festival's high standard of organisation, commending the organising committee and its chairman and deputy chairman, Mohammad bin Abdulatif al Misnad for ensuring that the festival was actualised at such a high standard.
Sulaiti also thanked the organisers for again organising the o[umlaut]Young Falconer' competition, thus demonstrating their commitment to preserve this heritage sport of falconry, as well as the customs and traditions of the Qatari society by ensuring that a new generation of falconers would continue to practice the sports and hopefully transmit it in their turn.
"We, at Katara, which is one of the biggest cultural organisations in the GCC and even the Arab region place heritage in an important position, while attending to different civilisations around the world a vision to which we adhere in all our undertakings. In this undertaking, the beginning must be with Qatari heritage, followed by Gulf heritage, regional heritage and world heritage," he added.
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