Latest Developments in Falconry

ADIHEX Showcases the Latest Developments in Falconry

Abu Dhabi, July 10, 2021

For thousands of years, falconry has been practiced in various parts of the world. Its methods and techniques have remained the same until relatively recently, but the development of technology has extended to promoting the practice of authentic ancestral heritage, as some developments in falconry have facilitated many things for falconers, most importantly, have helped to enhance the safety and wellbeing of the birds used in falconry and reduced the chance of losing them. 

Of course, all of this does not negate the main role of falconer, who should continue to nurture and train his bird and maintain his optimal weight, while the need for more accurate speed measures and more advanced techniques has emerged to compete and win the first places in Falconry competitions, which also witnessed a remarkable development, and their number increased.

Visitors of all nationalities and age groups, and in particular tens of thousands of falconers from the region and all over the world, are accustomed to attending the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) and participating in its activities every year. They come to explore the latest falconry equipment and innovations in an environment where heritage meets the latest technologies that have been developed in the service of falconers.

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, the 18th edition of Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition “ADIHEX 2021” will be organized by the Emirates Falconers’ Club from September 27 to October 3, 2021, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), under the theme 'Sustainability and Heritage… A Reborn Aspiration'. 

Regional and international companies presenting the latest technologies related to falconry and its ancient and modern necessities will participate in ADIHEX, in addition to companies interested in birds’ health, treatments and medicines, as well as clubs and organizations specialized in falcon breeding, raising, and training.

Remote tracking devices, which are now used by every falconer, are considered among the most important recent developments in falconry and plays a great role in the recovery of birds when they get lost. Such devices help the falconer locate birds when hunting for preys over vast areas where the falcon can vanish from the falconer’s view in seconds.

Also, training falcons with kites, drones, wingbeat and houbara birds models - the favourite prey of falconers - such as ‘Telwah’, is a very efficient way to train falcons to fly to great heights.

Among the most useful developments in the world of falconry are Aylmeri jesses, which, despite their simplicity, have saved countless falcons from the clutches of a slow death.  These ties are free of the cracks found in traditional ties which reduces the risk of the bird getting attached to anything that might hinder it during its flight.

Tartan (artificial grass) has been another boon for falconers. Modern dens covered with tartans have saved the feet of many falcons, and dens that can be cleaned and disinfected easily have greatly reduced injuries to the feet of falcons. 

The falconry sector, including the manufacturing and designing of falconry equipment, highlights the latest technologies and innovations that help falconers train their birds for hunting and competitions. 

This most prominent sector, which fans await yearly since the first edition of ADIHEX in 2003, adds great importance to the upcoming edition of the exhibition, additionally, it has become one of the major attractions for all attendees and a key factor over subsequent editions throughout the years.