Falcons expo proves to be a crowd-puller

 22 Sep 2017 - 1:54

Falcons expo proves to be a crowd-puller
Falcons on display at S’hail 2017 at Katara Building 12.lay at S’hail 2017 at Katara Building 12.

The Peninsula

Local participants at the ongoing first edition of Katara International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition, S’hail 2017, have proved to be crowd-pullers with various activities available to hunting and falconry enthusiasts.

Many visitors yesterday flocked the indoor shooting range brought to the five-day event by the Qatar Shooting Federation. A representative from the Federation gives instructions to those who want to try their hand at this sport.

One shooting range is where visitors can try using air guns and displays the result of the shooter’s target points, while the other range provides a simulator for a real shotgun.

New technology is being used in the falconry training activities at the display of the Sumaisma Youth Centre, that brought in a new technique for falconers to practise the hobby. The centre also delivers a wide range of tools related to falconry and hunting aimed at youngsters and amateur falcon trainers.

The well-known Al Galayel Hunting Tournament in Qatar has a large display presenting a new meet which has been opened for registration to the public. This unique tournament encourages all those involved in this heritage sport, which was a symbol of strength and prestige in the past. Al Galayel also displays a diverse set of photos, tools and decorations that mirror the Qatari culture with some traditional dishes in addition to a sitting area designed as that from the past.

With regard to international participants, Levani, the lone participant from Georgia who is a falcon trainer, attracted the curiosity of visitors as he presented Georgian falconry techniques and introduced some Georgian traditions when it comes to hunting. He said he came from Tbilisi to join S’hail with the aim to exchange experience with other falcon trainers from all around the world. He added the culture of falconry is very ancient in Georgia thanks to the large number of birds immigrating coming from the near black sea.

Meanwhile, a number of ambassadors and other VIP guests who visited the exhibition yesterday lauded the event which is aligned with Katara’s vision, keeping in mind that the Cultural Village is the hub of the cultural and heritage events that serve the community and beyond. Among the VIP visitors yesterday were the ambassadors of France, Kazakhstan, Japan and Italy.

Over 90 local and international companies including suppliers of hunting vehicles, tools, equipment and falcon care-related entities are taking part at the exhibition.

The exhibition showcases more than 400 falcons from three local farms and nine other breeding farms from Spain, Germany, France and Russia. Furthermore, the exhibition also features several falcon veterinary clinics, including the Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital which is scheduled to conduct necessary tests for the falcons purchased from the exhibition.

The expo also includes cultural stands from Morocco, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.

They introduce the visitors to their cultural heritage in hunting and falconry through many exhibits such as hunting clothing gears and tools. The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday from 10am to 9pm at Katara Building 12.