International Festival of Falconry returning to Abu Dhabi in December

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The International Festival of Falconry will be landing back in Abu Dhabi next month – with more than 80 countries involved in the huge cultural celebration.

More than 500 falconers, experts, researchers and delegates spanning the globe will flock to Khalifa Park for the two-day tribute to a vital slice of UAE heritage on December 8 and 9.

The first festival, which is the largest of its kind in the world, got off the ground back in 1976 and organisers will be welcoming back falconers who took part in that historic first event for the latest instalment.

The aim of this year’s extravaganza is to share the values and skills of falconry to the next generation – and ensure its legacy in the UAE for years to come.

The festival will include live falconry performances, educational workshops, archive footage of falconry in the UAE through the years, exhibitions and special shows laid on representatives of participating countries and international falconry schools.

The event is free to enter and will be open from 11am until 9pm on both December 8 and 9.


Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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