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.

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.