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Visitors throng 13th ADIHEX to enjoy falconry, other adventures
BY SHAMILA JAMALUDDIN September 10, 2015
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ABU DHABI: The 13th Abu Dhabi Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) opened on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

ADIHEX 2015 from Sept. 9 to 12 with it’s regional and international visitors is blending traditional culture and heritage with some of the latest high tech products for hunting outdoor sports and activities much to the excitement of one and all.

Visitors and curious residents throng ADIHEX every year with their families to eagerly get a glimpse of the varied exhibits present. The number of visitors to the exhibition would peak on “weekends”. This year too they can enjoy the culture, falconry, horsemanship and adventures in the great outdoors in a 40,000 square metres of exhibition space.

As explained by Majed Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of ADIHEX and Executive Director of EFC, the exhibition not only succeeds in its mission, but it becomes a milestone for preserving Emirati culture, traditions and environment. It is also about preserving sustainable falconry and national heritage.

Moreover ADIHEX is part of EFC’s mission to preserve falconry - a major component of Emirati heritage, but in a sustainable manner, making a balanced use of natural resources.

This balance is being achieved through UAE initiatives such as the annual falcons’ rehabilitation and release back into the wild programme or houbara conservation programmes with centres at home and abroad, all of which being explained and represented at ADIHEX 2015.

Houbara Breeding Figures

 The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), part of Abu Dhabi government, has released its latest Houbara breeding figures for 2015 to date, at ADIHEX.

The conservation programme has bred a total of 48,213 Houbara this year as part of its captive breeding and release programme, which aims to reinstate wild Houbara to healthy numbers worldwide. The number is up on previous years, with just over 46,000 bred across the whole of 2014.

The Fund breeds both Asian and African Houbara, the two sub species of the vulnerable Houbara bustard family, from its four breeding centres located in the UAE, Morocco and Kazakhstan.

 The breakdown of breeding numbers per centre is as follows: Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation Centre (ECWP), Morocco, produced 23,347 African Houbara, National Aviation Research Centre (NARC), UAE, produced 12,551 Asian Houbara, Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-AD), Abu Dhabi, UAE, produced 10,499 Asian Houbara and Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-KZ), Kazakhstan, produced 1,816 Asian Houbara.

This brings the total production of Houbara of all species, across all centres, to 254,451 since breeding began in 1996.

Speaking on the release of the latest production figures, Director General, IFHC, Mohammed Al Baidani said, “Working for over three decades to breed captive bred Houbara, it is impressive to see production figures in the tens of thousands, when one considers the humble beginnings of the Fund which began with a few donated birds from Al Ain Zoo back in the 1970s.

 Moreover captive breeding is at the heart of the IFHC’s holistic conservation programme, along with the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Houbara Reintroduction Project, where the IFHC’s captive bred Houbara are released into the wild across its natural range.

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