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Riyadh to Host Saudi Falconry Heritage Exhibition

Falconry is an integral part of Saudi Arabia’s Bedouin Heritage. Various activities are held annually to encourage people to explore the sport. The fifth International Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition will be held this Thursday in Riyadh.

As a cultural and entertainment event, the exhibition will portray the ancient sport over 10 days. It will be held at the Saudi Falcons Club’s headquarters in Malham, north of Riyadh. Highlighting the importance of preserving tradition, the show aims to connect the heritage of falconry with related hobbies, hunting, land and sea activities.

Additionally, it features a wide collection of weapons, and will include a specially designed museum to shed light on the history of falconry, calligraphy, art and painting. It will include an array of entertaining events and display tents to provide visitors with a diverse cultural experience.

Falconry Exhibitions Over the Years

In 2018, the exhibition had a total of 120,000 visitors and about 150 exhibitors. In 2019, the number of visitors increased to reach 350,000 visitors and an average of 70,000 visitors daily. In 2021, the event was a remarkable hit, drawing half a million visitors with weapon sales striking $53 Million.

The exceptional success of the exhibition is a result of the organizers ongoing efforts to develop it. This year, the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Royal Reserve Development Authority is taking part in the exhibition. As Saudi Arabia’s first sustainable hunting reserve, it aspires to encourage the culture of sustainable hunting and complying to environmental sustainability standards.

Above all, preserving the rich heritage of falconry for upcoming generations is one of the exhibitions main goals. It will welcome all kinds of visitors including kids, falconry lovers, camping fans and hunters.

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