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King Abdelaziz Falcon competitive Festival begins in strict measures

King Abdul-Aziz Falconry Festival, in its third edition, organized by the Saudi Falcon Club in the festival land with the inspiration of “North Riyadh”, will start tomorrow during the period from November 28 to December 12, with the participation of a group of Saudi and international falconers.

The third edition of the festival will be held in implementation of the directives of the Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, General Supervisor of the Falcons Club. The King Abdul-Aziz Falcon Festival comes within the framework of the wise leadership’s keenness and endeavor to preserve the Kingdom’s cultural and civilizational heritage. To support it within its plans to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, And strengthening the Kingdom’s leadership in supporting cultural and civilizational activities, educating children about our history and its original values ​​and customs, and urging society to preserve them.

Top priority

The Saudi Falcon Club, the organizer of the festival, has completed its preparations for the launch of the big event, amid tighter precautionary and health measures related to COVID-19, as the club confirmed that the safety of the participants, workers and visitors of the festival is a top priority for club officials.

He stressed the importance of adhering to all health precautions by all those on the festival grounds.

It is noteworthy that the King Abdul-Aziz Falconry Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, and it targets all categories of falcons by participating in the Al-Malwah and Al-Mazayin competitions.

6 types of falcons will participate in the Al-Malwah competition, which are: Al-Har, Al-Shaheen, Gir Shaheen, Taba Gir, Qarmousha Gir, and Ger Pure.

The lottery was also conducted through the electronic system, which randomly determines the order of falcons in the rounds, which are divided into categories of owners and professionals, for Saudis and internationals.

The number of qualifying rounds for Saudis in the Al-Malwah competition reached 35, of which 23 are for the owners, and 12 are for the professionals. As for the internationals, their lottery will be announced at a later stage.

Seven participants from each qualifying round for the cups stage will qualify for the qualifying rounds, and the top ten winners from each round are honored daily, and the final rounds that take place under the name of the King Abdul-Aziz Cup will witness the introduction of a course for local falcons for the first time in the festival’s history.

King Abdul-Aziz Falconry Festival, an international festival organized by the Saudi Falcons Club and witnesses the participation of a group of falcon owners in the Kingdom and the Gulf Cooperation Council, in the land area of ​​King Abdul-Aziz Falconry Festival This festival comes within the framework of the keenness of the wise leadership and its quest to preserve the cultural and civilizational heritage of the Kingdom and support it within its plans to achieve the vision of the Kingdom 2030 and strengthen the Kingdom’s leadership in supporting cultural and civilizational activities Authentic and urged the community to maintain.

A young falcon in Saudi Arabia has sold for more than $170,000, the most expensive sale ever of that type of bird and the costliest purchase so far at an annual 45-day auction of the hunting birds cherished in Gulf countries.

The bird was sold on Tuesday for 650,000 Saudi riyals ($173,000) by virtue of its unique characteristics and scarcity, the auction’s organizers, the Saudi Falcon Club, said in a statement.

The club said it was the most expensive sale ever globally for its type — a young Shaheen breed, a type of peregrine falcon.

Falconry is an important part of the cultural desert heritage of Arabs of Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries going back thousands of years.