Expo 2020 Dubai: Inside the UAE Pavilion
The UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which has been designed to resemble a falcon in flight. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai: The UAE Falcons Federation has announced Expo 2020 Dubai’s sponsorship of the upcoming season of Telwah Falconry Championship and Expo 2020 Dubai’s Shield for National Falcon Breeding.

Overseen by the UAE Falcons Federation, in cooperation with the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, the Expo 2020 Telwah Falconry Championship will be held from December 7-15 and features three categories, namely: The Sheikhs Category; the Public Category; and another Public Category for owners. Carrying a total prize money of Dh3.84 million, the championship will include 15 rounds. The top three winners in all rounds will be crowned during a ceremony that will coincide with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Recognising top winners

Commenting on the occasion, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE Falcons Federation, expressed his happiness for Expo 2020 Dubai’s sponsorship of the UAE Falcons Federation championships. He said that the Telwah Falconry Championship seeks to recognise top winners in the traditional sport, who are playing a key role in preserving the culture and heritage of the country and raising awareness of this art among a wider audience.

Sheikh Ahmed also highlighted the importance of the global mega event, which is being held for the first time in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, showcasing the UAE’s rich heritage, history and cultural identity to people from around the world. Sheikh Ahmed added that the UAE Falcons Federation organises various events and competitions as part of its objectives to preserve and promote excellence in the sport of falconry.

Emirati culture and its values

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai, said that Expo 2020 Dubai is delighted to sponsor the championships, noting that the mega event represents a unique opportunity to shed light on Emirati culture and its authentic values as well as the country’s various achievements.

She added: “Expo 2020 provides a platform to introduce the world and millions of visitors to a traditional sport that was practised by our forefathers as well as showcase the UAE’s various efforts to preserve its heritage and culture.”

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To be organised on February 17, 2022, Dubai’s Shield for National Falcon Breeding features two categories that include one for the Sheikhs and another for the public, with one round each and prizes totaling Dh490,000 for the top ten winners. A Dh50,000 prize each is on offer for the best-bred falcon in the UAE (individuals category) and best bred falcon in the UAE (falcon breeding centre category).