Falconry exhibition brings 26 oases together while promoting Saudi identity and culture

The Falcons and Hunting Exhibition brings visitors back to the days of their ancestors. (Reuters)
Updated 22 November 2018

Falconry exhibition brings 26 oases together while promoting Saudi identity and culture

  • The show embodies an era when the people of the Arabian Gulf region practiced falconry as an intrinsic part of their daily lives
  • The SFHE will educate visitors about the tools and ways that their forefathers used to adapt and live

JEDDAH: The Falcons and Hunting Exhibition (SFHE) taking place from 4 — 8 December is considered a foundation and central hub for the preservation of history and enhancement of national identity, in addition to the deepening of heritage roots in the region.

With the various oases and activities, the show embodies the era that goes hundreds of years back during which the people of the Arabian Gulf region practiced falcon hunting and breeding for its association with power and pride among the people of the Arabian Peninsula. Since ancient times, falcons have played an important role in the lives of the region’s inhabitants and as a means to provide food after training them. Also, falcons continue to represent a set of values and principles among Arabs such as pride and nobility.

The SFHE brings visitors back to the days of their ancestors and educates them about the tools and means that helped them adapt and live during that era, reflecting a historical image in a modern way that combines people’s heritage and culture in the region and the renaissance of a nation armed with science and knowledge. Visitors will explore everything about falcon hunting, in addition to camping tools and wild trips.

The 26 oases at the SFHE reflect the civilized and cultural dimensions in addition to the national identity of the Kingdom. The visitors can experience the diversity of these oases that evoke Saudi’s unique environment embodied in desert, oasis, sea and the story of the Arabian Peninsula, which reflects the geographical features the Kingdom enjoys, and which were features in people’s daily lives.

Visitors will observe the change in the vocabulary and tools from one oasis to another, where they learn about everything related to falcons and their types and how to feed them and treat them using virtual reality through real instruments that are used in the world of falcons. At the trips and camping tools oasis, you can find all the supplies used by hunting enthusiasts during their trips to the wild.

On another side, the Training Technologies and Supplies section offers the latest technologies and tools used in falcon hunting. At the falcons’ show oasis, falcon and wild birds’ owners from outside and inside the Kingdom are able to exchange experiences and know-how as part of the exhibition’s objective to introduce an integrated experience to its visitors.

Falconers in Saudi Arabia and the GCC region oasis include the most important local and Gulf specialties and farms, while the oasis of veterinary and falconry services attracts specialized people to identify entities in veterinary and food industries.

Arms Companies Section includes the latest weapons and gear used in hunting. The entertainment and sustainability sections include a café along with a seating area where arts and entertainment are carried out throughout the show hours, such as small beaks and virtual games.

The show also includes the falconry board, authentic and hybrid falcons’ auction, a theater with a speakers’ platform, workshops and seminars, and movie shows, entertainment activities and virtual reality.

On the sidelines of the show, the organizers will be hosting a camel auction with a high quality registration and monitoring for the registered entities, with the best types of camels that match all tastes of heritage enthusiasts, whether they are falconers or camel sports lovers.

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.