A special heritage village has been created with mock-ups of water wells and even areas where youngsters can do some archaeology. Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: While the global financial crisis and its after affects are still being felt around the world, at the eighth annual Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, luxury is still the name of the game, with stands offering everything ranging from diamond-encrusted falcon hoods to international hunting trips.

"This is the first time we exhibit here and are excited to use Adihex as the platform to premiere our unique falcon hoods. Each is a one-of-a-kind piece that is made of only the finest leather, high-quality gold, precious and semi-precious stones and even pearls, with prices starting from Dh30,000 upwards," Hannes Gamper, Chief Executive Director and Jewellery Designer, Tiroler Goldschmied, said.

"We developed a new system in order to make sure that we are not just able to create every piece perfectly but that we also meet the demands of clients. It takes one month to complete one hood, each with its certificate of guarantee, and we even include unique touches," he added.

The four-day event is held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers' Club, and organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

Guidelines for buying weapons

The Ministry of Interior has announced the following conditions for Emiratis and GCC residents who wish to purchase arms at Adihex:

For Emiratis whose passports are issued in Abu Dhabi, a certificate proving they do not have a criminal record must be produced. The certificate can be issued at Adihex. For UAE nationals from other emirates, a No Objection Letter must be produced from the relevant government institutions as well as a certificate signifying they do not have a criminal record that is stamped and approved the police department of the relevant emirate.

For GCC residents, a No Objection Letter from the Ministry of Interior that is approved and stamped by their embassies in Abu Dhabi must be produced along with proof of cargo insurance from the Abu Dhabi Airports Company.

Event details

What: Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition

When: Wednesday, September 22 - Saturday, September 25

Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

Timings: 11am - 10pm

Website: http://www.adihex.net