With Its Seventeenth Edition Distinguished by Innovation, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition Gets Ready to Launch with the Appearance of the Canopus Star



The Higher Organizing Committee of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) finalized the form and content of the 2019 edition of the exhibition, which will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of Emirates Falconers Club. The exhibition will be held from August 27 th to 31st at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) and is considered to be the most popular exhibition of hunting, equestrian and heritage conservation.

The Organizing Committee decided for this edition that the theme will be Sustainable Hunting and that it will be characterized by innovations and fun activities. The exhibition will be held early this year to be before the beginning of the falconry hunting season (Al Maqnas) so that the falconers can acquire all the tools and equipment they need before the start of the season. This is besides the facilities in the exhibition where UAE nationals will be able to buy hunting weapons from the finest and the largest weapon companies, both local and international that are participating. The Organizing Committee also announced that it will launch several competitions for the public in Nabati poetry, art and photography, as well as the expansion of the sectors of the exhibition.

The Committee also decided to add to this year's edition a number of events designed specifically for families in line with the summer vacation. The Committee discussed the main objectives of the exhibition which include highlighting the cultural mobility in the UAE. Similarly the exhibition aims to promote cultural opportunities and arts that reflect the national identity and activate heritage conservation efforts. Another objective is revealing the role of many UAE institutions and initiatives in consolidating the original values ​​of the people of the UAE and its culture through the exhibition. ADIHEX began in 2003 and has become one of the most important exhibitions in the world in its field, achieving success in previous editions in terms of attendance of the media and visitors. The exhibition was able to attract more than 100,ooo visitors, representing more than 120 nationalities in last year's edition in 2018.

The artists will be encouraged to create works of art that focus on the theme of Tolerance and reflect the great importance that hunting, falconry and equestrian activities occupy in human sentiment.

The exhibition will also launch a children's education competition on the concept of tolerance and highlight the UAE as a living example. The competition will take the form of questions where the children can find answers in the participating stands. This is in addition to a series of workshops that are in line with the general theme of the exhibition that includes traditional arts, products, handicrafts and cultural and entertainment activities.

His Excellency Majid Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of the exhibition said, "The 2019 edition of ADIHEX will be unique, rich and joyful, especially under the unlimited support of the UAE leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers Club. We have worked on developing the edition of the exhibition and promoting its programme to represent the directions of our wise leadership and in line with the goals of the Year of Tolerance that we consider to be the focal point of our work. We have also designed the exhibition programme in an innovative and scientific manner.”

He added, "The exhibition is a world heritage and cultural festival that brings together lovers of hunting and equestrian, heritage conservation and environmental protection. This is in addition to its focus on environmental issues, wildlife conservation, raising awareness of sustainable hunting practices, falconry and saluki dogs. We have also paid particular attention to motivating the public to participate in animal protection and welfare. This year the exhibition will witness a major participation of local, Arab and international companies in the field of outdoor sports and trips, falconry and the marine sector, the industry of hunting weapons, traditional industries, environmental protection institutions and the preservation of heritage. All this is in one place for the exchange of knowledge and experience and forging of business deals.”

ADIHEX 2019 is organized by the Emirates Falconers Club and sponsored by the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi, the International Fund for Houbara Conservation and Wahat Al Zaweya, as well as Dhabian Equestrian Club, Smart Design LCC and Tiger Properties. The exhibition will be supported by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee, Abu Dhabi as well as several local, regional and international media partners.