Dubai falconry competition showcases latest technology

Feathers, heritage and lasers at first event of the season.
The Fazza Championship for Falconry kicks off on Saturday at Meydan racecourse. Courtesy Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre
The Fazza Championship for Falconry kicks off on Saturday at Meydan racecourse. Courtesy Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre

DUBAI // Visitors to the Fazza Championship for Falconry this weekend will enjoy a taste of Emirati heritage enhanced by state-of-the-art technology.

The event at Meydan racecourse will showcase a number of hunting events, including Telwah.

In this, falconers are expected to carry their birds to the starting point, untie the bird and release it to attack the prey at the finish line.

The falcon’s speed will be tracked during its flight by a state-of-the-art, laser-powered speed sensor that has been specifically designed for the championship.

The director of the event, Saoud Darwish, said he hoped it would attract a large audience.

“The championship is a reflection of the UAE’s heritage, and this season we have adopted a number of state-of-the-art technologies such as the smartphone application and the ring that has a smart chip on the falcon’s leg, to further enhance the overall experience for participants and spectators,” he said.

He said the organisers used technology to ensure the competition ran smoothly.

He also said there had been a demand to buy falcons and trained birds of prey recently, which is evidence of a boom in the bird-of-prey market in the region.

The weather forecast department of the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology will also be present at the championship to provide weather reports to aid the participants.

The championship is organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre.

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Published: December 25, 2014 04:00 AM

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