RIYADH: Saudi falconer Adhari Al-Khaldi of Sakakah city has become the first woman to participate in the King Abdulaziz Falconry Festival.
Al-Khalidi took part in the 400-meter Al-Milwah competition with her falcon, Sattam. She said she hopes to show that Saudi women are capable of breaking stereotypes and becoming professional falconers.
Al-Khalidi said that she has faced many challenges since she started practicing falconry a decade ago, but her passion for the sport gave her resilience and enabled her to defy her detractors and not give up. She added that her family and her husband have always believed in her and supported her.
The King Abdulaziz Falconry Festival continues until Dec. 16 in Malham, north of Riyadh. The prizes amount to around SR21 million.