Abu Dhabi: General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has reiterated the interest of the UAE in preserving its heritage, culture and authentic sports and promoting them to present and future generations.
Shaikh Mohammad made his remarks after touring the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex) at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre.
At the event, he displayed satisfaction for displayed products aimed at preserving national heritage.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed also visited the stand for the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH). The hospital is the first public falcon hospital in the UAE, which was opened on 1999. It is the largest of its kind in the world; accommodating more than 6,000 falcons a year.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed met the team of expert veterinarians and veterinary technicians at the stand, which also features a stray pet shelter that was launched in 2010.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed also stopped at the Emirates Falconers Club's stand, where he was briefed on the studies and researches on the migration of falcons and other birds in the region.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed also visited the stand of International Fund for Houbara Conservation where he was briefed on the Fund's new record number of producing around 13,000 Asian Houbara bustards in 2012, taking the total number of the birds produced by the Fund's captive-breeding facilities to more than 120,000. He hailed the Fund's efforts and qualitative initiative which contribute to solutions to preserve wildlife.
He also visited stand of Al Ghadeer project, which is run by the Red Crescent Authority and seeks to empower the women through marketing their products at public departments to improve their standards of living.
At the conclusion of his tour, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed expressed satisfaction at the increasing number of national, regional and international participants at the exhibition, which showcases the UAE as among the important global hubs for hunting and equestrian sports.
The 10th edition of Adihex was held from September 5 to 8.