Over 600 exhibitors from at least 40 countries are setting up pavilions at the 38,000sqm Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex), taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from September 5 to 8.
This is the 10th anniversary of the Adihex, and the organisers, Emirates Falconers Club with the support of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, are planning a show to remember.
“It is a very special anniversary for us since 10 years ago the exhibition was inaugurated by Shaikh Zayed himself,” said Abdulla Al Qubaisi, in charge of the Adihex’s organisation.
“In hall 12 we are setting up an arena where there will be full-day programmes, starting with horse shows, camels, saluki, falcons and traditional activities,” he told Khaleej Times.
Apart from one day reserved for camel auctions, all other camel events will be shows presented by the Emirates Heritage Club.
The falcon beauty show is for farm-bred falcons only, from breeders participating in the exhibition. So far, there are 23 breeding farms registered, most of them from the UAE, a figure already higher than in previous years.
“All falcons sold at the Adihex are captive bred, since this is the very reason Shaikh Zayed established the exhibition, to promote farm bred falcon and preserve the wild ones,” explained Al Qubaisi.
Depending on species, age, gender and abilities, falcons at the Adihex sell starting from Dh5,000 and go as high as Dh60,000. This is one reason why the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is very important at the Adihex.
“It is a very big and very important event for us because it is a place where falconers come from all over the Gulf region, not just Abu Dhabi and the UAE,” said Dr Margit Muller, director of the ADFH.
“So what we will be doing is to open a clinic for examination because there will be falcons for sale from breeders, and those falcons will be health checked, so people who are buying can rest assured that they are not going home with a falcon that is ill,” she explained.
The ADFH will also promote at the Adihex this year all its falcon services, which includes preventing check ups, all kinds of treatments and surgeries, moulting cages and, more recently, falcon breeding.
“We will use the Adihex also to launch our new website for the Falcon Hospital, which is just about to be finished. It will have the same address, but it will be completely changed — much more interactive, with a lot more information and very clear navigation,” revealed Dr Muller.