The 19th edition of Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Riding Exhibition, ADIHEX, is ready to start on Monday. The capital of the United Arab Emirates will once again be the scene of seven days of live shows, conferences, workshops and shows organized by the greatest professionals in the sector.
The exhibition will take place from Monday September 26 to October 2. That it takes place in the United Arab Emirates is no coincidence. Ancient falconry, hunting and equestrian arts are disciplines that make up the cultural DNA of the Emirates, which consider the falcon to be its national animal. The Emiratis themselves participated in the 1960s in the reintroduction of the art of hunting birds of prey in Spain, where the practice had been completely neglected until then.
For this reason, ADIHEX is considered the largest event in this sector in the Middle East and Africa, positioning itself as an important tourist attraction for all citizens of the Gulf region. The first celebration of this important fair took place in 2003, and since then it brought together up to 1,750,000 visitors and fans of Arab games. In 2021, despite pandemic restrictions, 105,000 visitors from 120 different countries passed through ADIHEX pavilions.
ADIHEX plans to offer participants more than 100 different shows and activities, according to HE Majid Ali al-Mansour, Chairman of the Senior Organizing Committee and Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers Club.
Among the hundred shows, the activities organized by Emirates Falconers Club stand out, because of the “sacred” role of falconry for the Emiratis. The organizers of the event themselves say that ADIHEX is a must for all lovers of this art. The Emirates Falconers Club will blend this ancient Emirati heritage with new technologies, in a showcase of innovation for the sector.
ADIHEX is not only about hunting and exhibition, it is also an event with a strong positive impact on the Emirati economy, the promotion of regional dynamism and even ecology. In the fair there is the Falcon Release program, which is considered to be one of the oldest traditions that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004) implemented in the Emirates. The aim is to release approximately 2,000 peregrine and saker falcons into their natural habitats with the aim of reviving their reproduction and increasing the number of species in the wild.
Craftsmanship will also have its place next Monday at ADIHEX. In addition to all the manufactured items for sports that the fair promotes, there will also be workshops with visual artists from the UAE and abroad. From painting to ceramics, sculpture, carpet weaving, photography or calligraphy. Young people and children will have a very important place in this exhibition. The transmission of knowledge and interest for all these intangible heritages of the Emirates is one of the objectives of the organization. Many school visits are planned to provide students of all ages with an unforgettable experience.
This edition of ADIHEX has many sponsors including the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, the Hubara International Conservation Fund and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, where the event is held. The sector sponsor “Hunting Arms” is Caracal International LLC, the silver sponsor is Q Properties and the visitor experience partners are Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, POLARIS-Specialized Sports Equipment and Luxury Carts Group. While the Main Sponsors are Smart Design and Royal Tent Company, the Official Automotive Partner is ARB Emirates and the Supporting Partner is the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.