ADIHEX launches the ‘Best Poem Describing Birds and Hunting’ Competition

Abu Dhabi, Mon May 24th, 2021


The Higher Organizing Committee of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2021) has announced the opening for participating in the competition of ‘Best Poems Describing Birds and Hunting’.

The competition is part of the 18th edition of ADIHEX which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers’ Club, from September 27 to October 3, 2021, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The Exhibition is Organized by the Emirates Falconers’ Club and officially sponsored by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The competition brings together two ancient heritage arts from the Gulf region; namely, the immensely popular Nabati poetry, which expresses societal sentiments, and falconry, which is a pillar of authentic Arab heritage.

This year’s competition targets young poets as part of the Higher Organizing Committee’s efforts to encourage and motivate the new generations of amateurs and enthusiasts of this authentic poetry to develop their creative and literary skills and to preserve the cultural heritage which expresses the authentic Arab values.

The competition comprises the following categories:  Most Beautiful Nabati Poem Describing Birds, Most Beautiful Nabati Poem Describing Falconry, Most Beautiful Nabati Poem Describing the Loss of Birds.

The poems will be judged by a jury of leading Nabati poets and experts according to specific criterial. They will examine poems by considering the beautiful rhythmic structure, the aesthetics of describing falconry , the falconer's unique relationship with his bird, and the importance of the hunting trip for him.

The competition is exclusively for Nabati poetry and open to poets of all nationalities aged between 18 and 28 years old. The poem must be new and not previously published, between 15 and 25 verses long, and following the rules of Nabati poetry. Participants must include a recital of their poem in their own voice, along with a brief biography of themselves.

Poems must be typed and sent only to competitions@adihex.com by August 31, 2021. The results of the competition will be announced during ADIHEX.  

Throughout previous editions, the competition has encouraged poets to write about falconry, while there was shortage of poems in this field compared to the popularity of falconry in the region.

Nabati poetry is considered one of the most popular genres of traditional Arabic poetry, whether on the level of its composition or the number of fans. This reflects the beauty and relevance of Nabati poetry in touching the sentiments of the society members, it expresses their daily lives, interests and aspirations in a smooth language and an enjoyable style.


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