Saudi falconry festival adds another feather to its cap with new world record

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The King Abdul Aziz Falconry festival won the title of the world's largest falcon racing tournament after finding a place in the Guinness World Records. (Photo courtesy: Falcon Club/Twitter)
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Participants greet each other at the mega event which was held in Riyadh from January 25 to February 3. (Photo courtesy: Falcon Club/Twitter)
Updated 06 February 2019

Saudi falconry festival adds another feather to its cap with new world record

  • Takes home prestigious Guinness title by winning in the category this year
  • Saw the participation of 1,723 birds in the largest racing tournament of its kind

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz Falconry festival brought further glory to the Kingdom by clinching a place in the Guinness World Records (GRW) in the largest falcon racing tournament category, according to a statement released by GRW on February 5.
The event, which was held in Riyadh from January 25 to February 3, saw the participation of a record 1,723 falcons who were competing in the tournament for 10 days, the Saudi Falconry Club said in a twitter post.
Guinness World Records’ (GWR) representative, Shida Subasi Jamissi presented the official certificate to Saudi Falcons Club executive director Hossam bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Hazimi in Malham, north of Riyadh, read the statement. 
Hunting with falcons is an ancient Arab cultural heritage. The mega event was the biggest of its kind drawing thousands of enthusiasts not only from Saudi Arabia and the region, but from the rest of the world as well.
Bagging a prize money of almost SAR18 million, the event has been marked as the largest of its kind on record. 
Saudi Arabia is among top 11 countries listed by UNESCO under its falcon-breeding category, especially since it is home to various types of local falcons and serves as a pathway for others that migrate across the country.
The club had hosted it’s first Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition in Riyadh last year, where more than 250 exhibitors had participated from around the Kingdom, the GCC and the rest of the world.


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

INNUMBERS

280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.