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Zayed, the First Falconer and Nature Protector
By A Staff Reporter September 12, 2018
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ABU DHABI: This year’s ADIHEX is dedicated to celebrate the legacy of Sheikh Zayed the first falconer, and one of the most significant naturalists in the world, who has since the 1930s, envisioned the need to strike a balance between falconry conservation and heritage, hunting and preservation of birds and hawks.

The first edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) was hosted in Abu Dhabi in 2003, with the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, former UAE president honouring the event by visiting the exhibition.

Sheikh Zayed then ordered that ADIHEX becomes an annual event and since then the exhibition is held annually in the UAE capital. ADIHEX has since then expanded into the world’s largest exhibition for hunting, equestrian and heritage preservation.

Despite his experience at the time, Sheikh Zayed was keen on seeing environmentalists and organisations with decades of experience and commitment establish environmentally friendly communities for wildlife and the regulations binding the hunting practices.

In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) chose a team of seven international personalities branded to be the “Earth Heroes” in recognition of their efforts in protecting the environment and the late Sheikh Zayed was recognised for his profound efforts in the protection of the environment.

The 16th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) will be held from September 25th to 29th. The exhibition will be under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers’ Club.

The event is organised by the Emirates Falconers’ Club and Informa Middle East, and is supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) and The Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee in addition to many local, regional and international media partners.

The main sponsor is the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, while the Gold sponsors are The National and Arabian Tents, Silver sponsors are Wahat Al Zaweya, the Dhabian Equestrian Club, Smart Design LLC and Tiger Properties and the Bronze sponsors are AlMoe and National Geographic.
 

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