Riyadh to host Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition

The exhibition aims to preserve national heritage and promote it to young Saudis. (Getty Images)
Updated 11 November 2018
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Riyadh to host Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition

  • The exhibition will include a falcon and camel auction, as well as lectures

JEDDAH: The Saudi Falcons Club has announced the first Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition, which will be held in Riyadh on Dec. 4-8.
Organized under the direction of the king and crown prince, the exhibition aims to preserve national heritage and promote it to young Saudis through their participation and presence in traditional events.
More than 250 exhibitors from the Kingdom, the Gulf and the wider world will participate.
The event will feature simulations of hunting trips and wildlife to provide visitors with an authentic experience.
Booths and stalls will introduce wildlife and the hobby of falcon hunting. There will also be booths for hospitals and veterinary centers, hunting and camping equipment, firearms, falcon breeders, tracking devices, craftsmanship and virtual reality.
The exhibition will include a falcon and camel auction, as well as lectures. It aims to preserve the hobby of falcon hunting and breeding, given that Saudi Arabia is on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) list of falcon-breeding countries.
The Kingdom is home to various types of local falcons, and is a pathway for others that migrate across the country.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

Updated 18 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

  • The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh
  • An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Iraq's new President Barham Saleh on Sunday on his first official visit to the Kingdom.

The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh, the official Saudi Press Agency said, after the Iraqi leader's arrival in Riyadh following a visit to Iran.

An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman.

There have been several visits in recent months between the two countries as Iraq seeks closer ties with Saudi Arabia as it look to rebuild after the defeat of Daesh.

In October 2017, Saudi Arabian budget airline flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad in 27 years.

Saudi Arabia is keen to develop strong relations with Baghdad to counter Iranian influence in Iraq.