UAE opens the world’s 1st Arab falconry school
The institution opened this week to teach to new generations the tradition involved in falcon breeding and training.
São Paulo – The world’s first traditional Arab falconry school opened this Tuesday (20) in the city of Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The Mohammed bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School will teach the traditions, rules and ethics of falcon breeding and training. The information was published by the Emirates News Agency (WAM).
The school was named in honor of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The idea, according to WAM, is to educate future generations about a practice that is deep-rooted in the history of the country and the Arabian Peninsula.
The project was launched in 2014 and aims to promote the value of falconry as an art and cultural heritage, said Hamdam bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the Western region and president of the Emirates Falconers’ Club. Al Ain is located in inland Abu Dhabi.
According to the executive director of the Falconers’ Club, Majed Ali Al Mansouri, the school will offer theoretical classes and practical training in the desert. He added that the school’s opening and the arrival of its first group of students is a “historical event” and a proud addition to the country’s achievements.
*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani