Unique Qatari heritage shared at Morocco Falconry Festival
03 Oct 2017 - 1:09
Qatar’s Al Gannas Society marked its successful participation at the fifth international falconry festival which concluded in Morocco yesterday.
The festival was held to celebrate the anniversary of listing falconry on Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Tracing its beginnings thousands of years back, falconry was originally a method of obtaining food but has evolved over time now being more associated with nature conservation, cultural heritage and social engagement present among many countries around the world.
Held from September 29 to October 2, the festival was organised by the Regional Association for Cultural Affairs in El Jadida with the cooperation of the Moroccan Ministry of Culture.
Al Gannas Society Chairman, Ali bin Khatem Al Mihshadi, said the society participated at the festival with a special pavilion where there are booklets that explain the objectives of the association and its local and international championships, in addition to its world-leading projects such as the genome falcon project in cooperation with Qatar University and Qatar’s International Veterinary Falcon Conference, among others.
Al Mihshadi said Qatar’s participation was praised by all, adding that the Gannas participation comes within the framework of achieving its objectives in its external participation that contribute to introducing Qatar and its culture and customs.
The participation also helps to exchange cultures and gain different experiences that will enhance international attention to this inherent human heritage, he added.
Al Gannas Society Vice-Chairman, Mohammed bin Abdullatif Al Misnad, said that the participation of the society is an opportunity to meet those interested in falconry and that the festival is a chance to inform Moroccans and other participants from around the world of the unique Qatari heritage with regard to falconry and hospitality.
The festival focused on two main objectives namely to honor people in the past who preserved this traditional heritage and to crown the efforts of those who brought falconry to what it is today and working hard to preserve it for future generations, added Al Misnad.