A birdlover’s dream: the Gulf’s biggest falconry exhibition kicks off in the Saudi capital

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Updated 06 December 2018

A birdlover’s dream: the Gulf’s biggest falconry exhibition kicks off in the Saudi capital

  • The exhibition of the ancient tradition witnessed a high turnout of visitors
  • The exhibition kicked off Tuesday and will continue until Saturday

JEDDAH: The first edition of Riyadh’s Falconry exhibition has kicked off on Tuesday amid a huge turnout from falconers, equestrian and Safari lovers from inside the kingdom and abroad.

The exhibition of the ancient tradition witnessed a high turnout of visitors who were keen on checking the pavilions for hunting accessories, weapons and equipment for those into wild trips and hunting.

They also visited exhibitions and pavilions organized by participating government bodies, as well as Abu Dhabi Falcon Club, and the UAE Falcon Club.

The arena for displaying and selling of falcons has also witnessed a huge presence from hunting lovers and those interested in falcon breeding.

The exhibition is being held on an area of 14,700 square meters.

The event is the biggest of its kind in the field of falconry, hunting, equestrian and heritage preservation in the Kingdom and the Gulf region, in addition to its global stance, with the participation of more than 250 exhibitors from 20 countries.

It includes a number of cultural and heritage events for different age groups and society members.

The exhibition aims to connect between falconers in the Kingdom and in the Gulf region, reflecting Saudi Arabia’s interest in falconry as well as the consolidation of cultural concepts and by preserving this original cultural tradition.

The exhibition, which kicked off Tuesday and will continue until Saturday, reflects the heritage and history of the Arabian Peninsula and the diversity of its geographical topography.

The exhibition reflected in its various corners the desert life environment by a setting that resembled oases in the Kingdom, in desert regions like Taif to those of the Empty Quarter.

The pavilion resembling an oasis for camping tools, structured over an area of 1530 m2, includes 42 exhibitors from around the world. It aims to attract shops and camping tools and field trips from all parts of the Kingdom and the Gulf region, as well as other countries to display them for the exhibition’s visitors.

The oasis also includes falconry technologies and breeding reflects the latest technologies in the breeding and training of falcons, the Southern Desert Environment, which is located on an area of 758 m2 and includes 26 exhibitors .

Promotional films for the participants’ products, as well as stands and display boards.


Saudi envoy visits citizen wounded in Istanbul attack

The Ottoman-era Sultanahmet mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is pictured in Istanbul, Turkey, July 30, 2017. (Reuters)
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Saudi envoy visits citizen wounded in Istanbul attack

ANKARA: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Turkey Waleed Abdul Karim Al-Khuraiji visited a Saudi citizen receiving treatment in an Istanbul hospital, after he had been wounded in a shooting and robbery.
The envoy conveyed the best wishes of the Kingdom’s leadership and wished him a speedy recovery.
The embassy and consulate are working with authorities in Istanbul to assist with the investigation into the attack.
The armed robbery happened in the Sisli area of the city, prompting Saudi authorities to issue a warning to avoid that area, as well as Taksim, especially after sunset.
Days after this incident, a Saudi woman was reported to have been kidnapped in Istanbul while on holiday with her family.

BACKGROUND

In 2017, a terror attack killed seven Saudis in Istanbul on New Year’s Day.

Security cameras captured the moment she was sprayed in the face with a substance that left her unconscious before she was taken away by a man, according to Arabic-language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.
The report said the attack took place “a few days ago” near a hotel in the Asian part of Istanbul, where she was staying with her family.
The woman, known as Abeer, was visiting Istanbul with her husband and children on holiday. All communication with her was lost after she disappeared, sources told the newspaper.