Falcon sales take flight at Riyadh show

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The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops. (SPA)
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The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops. (SPA)
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The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops. (SPA)
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Falconry enthusiasts from more than 20 countries are attending the show in Riyadh. (SPA)
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The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops. (SPA)
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The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops. (SPA)
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The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops. (SPA)
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The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops. (SPA)
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The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops. (SPA)
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The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops. (SPA)
Updated 14 October 2019

Falcon sales take flight at Riyadh show

  • Tens of thousands of visitors have already flocked to the exhibition, which runs until Oct. 15

RIYADH: Falcon sales at an exhibition in Riyadh have exceeded SR3 million ($800,000) and are expected to double before the event closes.
The sales were made directly in the exhibitors’ section and at auction of the Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition, which is in its second year.
Falconry enthusiasts from more than 20 countries are attending the show, which is the biggest event of its kind in the Kingdom and the Middle East. Tens of thousands of visitors have already flocked to the exhibition, which runs until Oct. 15.
There are more than 350 exhibitors, and organizers are expecting 150,000 visitors.
The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops organized in partnership with the Saudi Society of Fine Arts.
Visitors can turn their hand to pottery, transfer technology, mural painting, charcoal painting, oud and coffee painting.
King Saud University is holding three seminars related to the environment and living organisms, including falcons and the findings of recent studies on their care and breeding. The seminars will explore the latest trends for the conservation of falcons in Saudi Arabia, parasites in falcons and how to combat them.
Another aspect of the exhibition is hunting weaponry, with specialist firms selling their products. Visitors need to access the Kingdom’s online government platform, Absher, to obtain an appointment through the booking process.
Exhibition organizers say they have established a design that simulates the experience of hunting trips and wildlife and that the various sections evoke hills, plateaus, sand dunes and lakes. Each area is decorated with species of desert plants and visitors can enjoy a musical soundtrack as they tour the event. 


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

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Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.