ADIHEX Live Performances Arena turns into a Live Heritage Festival of Camel Competitions & Auctions, Falcons, Horses, Camels, Saluki, Police Dogs and Traditional Archery Shows

Abu Dhabi, 26 September 2022

A remarkable set of the most exquisite live performances will be performed at the Live Performances Arena of Abu Dhabi Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2022) before the audience of the largest event of its kind in the Middle East and Africa. The Exhibition is organized by the Emirates Falconers’ Club, starting today Monday and over 7 consecutive days at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. Visitors are promised exceptional shows of birds of prey, Saluki, police dogs, horses, camels, and many other animals that can only be seen in the Exhibition, during a seven-day adventure of fun and rare shows that everyone can enjoy closely and even participate in.

The featues of Live Performances Arena in (ADIHEX 2022) are at the forefront of the celebration session that marks the twentieth anniversary of the Abu Dhabi Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX). Since its first launch in 2003, ADIHEX has become a symbol of optimism for falconers, announcing the start of the annual hunting season. For hunting enthusiasts, it’s considered an auspicious event that bodes well for the mild climate needed for the camping trips, equestrian and authentic sports. In its twentieth anniversary, ADIHEX invites the visitors to enjoy the exciting musical horse show, and other special performances, with the participation of the Dhabian Equestrian Club, Boudheib Equestrian Academy, Abu Dhabi Police, Al Ain Zoo, and Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA).

Many interesting events will also be held in the Live Performances Arena, including the Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest, horse and falcon auctions, and camel races, in addition to the Arabian Horse Beauty Contests shows presented by the Emirates Arabian Horse Association (EAHA). As for the Abu Dhabi Police, the Cavalry and Police Dogs (K9) Unit will present special performances showcasing its outstanding skills and capabilities, supported by excellent national expertise and competencies. Once again, Al Ain Zoo will present exciting and impressive shows of birds of prey, as falcons, eagles and owls soar in the sky of the event, so that such birds can display their exceptional speed, skills and intelligence.

The Dhabian Equestrian Club will present a horse and pony riding event for the visitors to enjoy this experience, in an ideal and safe environment during training sessions that will be organized in the Live Performances Arena. In cooperation with the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHOPD), the Club will make presentations by professionals about the benefits of Equine-assisted therapy (EAT) for people of determination, whether for physical or mental illnesses. The Club will provide an opportunity for them to join other students with physical abilities to encourage their integration and cooperation with them, besides taking action to promote an independent life for them. The Dhabian Equestrian Club also provides an opportunity to learn some equestrian principles and get familiar with the dressage and show-jumping skills. The Gymkhana sports event for people of determination is an annual event through where ADIHEX invites these creative children to visit the Exhibition and compete on horseback riding, highlighting their skills in the art of equestrian and fostering cooperation among them, so that they would work as a team.

The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation and the Dhabian Equestrian Club will also present a workshop on horses and communicate with distinguished Emirati riders who have won championships in various categories, in order to share the success stories during the last season with ADIHEX visitors.

As for Boudheib Equestrian Academy, it will present a traditional equestrian show, archery and tent pegging. These shows aim at training the Emirati youth on the art of equestrian and practicing many of the most beautiful kinds and arts of equestrian sports, which are some of the most prominent connections with the authentic Arab values.

For the first time, the Arabian Desert Camel Riding Center (ADCRC), which is the first center dedicated to teaching camel riding in the region, will present shows of camel racing, riding and camel-riding archery. The Center serves as a link between the traditional ways of riding camels and the best modern ideas to adapt to them. It also includes various aspects of animal care and education to riding, and the authentic Arab hospitality. The Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition will present a unique opportunity to get the audience acquainted with the Center and watch the trainees and trainers perform a live show on camel racing, camel riding and horseback archery and shooting.

As for the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, it will present an extraordinary educational polo show to the Exhibition’s audience from different cultures. As the Club will introduce them to how to practice the sport of Kings & Queens, and invite them to enjoy some of the most beautiful presentations on how to perform it with confidence and excellence, while understanding its rules that have long been followed hundreds of years ago by many civilizations.

For its part, the Emirates Heritage Club (EHC) offers ADIHEX visitors the opportunity to experience camel riding in order to let them enjoy discovering some of the features of ancient life in the UAE, by getting acquainted closely with one of the most important creatures that was a pillar in the lives of Emiratis in the past, namely the camels.

The Emirates Heritage Club also participates in providing fun shows for popular traditional games, which is “the Dome and Whip (Quba and Mista)” game, which is played by two teams, each consisting of 4-6 players, provided that the player is at least 15 years old, his height is 60-70 cm, and the ball is made of leather or burlap. There is also another game called the Game of Al Karabi” where two teams play against each other. One team protects the castle and wants to get water, and the second team protects the water and wants to seize the castle. The game depends on the strength of the forearm muscles, and the ability to balance on one leg to defend the castle or the water.

Also, Amna Al Jasmi, the Emirati female horse rider, is another prominent participant in the live performances arena; being an impressive model for the Emirati young woman, especially with her pioneering role in spreading this sport inherited from the ancestors among the new generations. This year, and in cooperation with Kaber Stables team, she will present a show of horseback archery, as well as the art of horseback riding and fencing (Modern Pentathlon) at ADIHEX. It is a historical fencing sport and one of the historical martial arts, where most of these martial arts are fought with ancient weapons, including the curved sword, the straight sword, and other similar weapons. Today, these blade weapons are remanufactured with great care from innovative materials tailored to ensure the safety of players.

In addition, Kaber Stables will present a special show on the traditional art of archery, which requires mastering the skills of balance and coordination between the mind and body, as one must maintain a good and proper posture body to shoot the arrow to hit the target. The horse rider Ienobu Kaneko, the Deputy Master of Takeda School for Horseback Archery, will also participate in a special event about “Traditional Archery” according to the Japanese method.

With the aim of achieving effective and meaningful communication with their favorite animal and learning more about animal care methods, Cloud9 Pet Hotel and Care will hold a dog grooming contest, which is directed for professionals only and aims to demonstrate their skills in grooming and taking care of dogs. There is also the obedience challenge competition, where the contestants show the judges how their dog responds to them and follows their commands, according to three levels of challenge.

Finally, on “Desert Survival Skills”, the well-known expert Mahdi Al-Amin will offer a set of tips and instructions to anyone who dreams of heading off on a new safari trip and wants to live the experience of desert, off-road and wildlife adventures, by introducing them to the basic skills to gain the experience necessary to survive outdoors and the desert in particular.

The upcoming edition of ADIHEX will be organized by the Emirates Falconers’ Club between September 26th and October 2nd. Its official sponsors are the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, International Fund for Houbara Conservation, and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, where the event is being held. Moreover, the sector sponsor is Caracal International LLC, the Silver Sponsor is Q Properties, and the visitor experience partner are Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, POLARIS-Specialized Sports Equipment, and Luxury Carts Group. Whereas the features sponsors are Smart Design and the Royal Tent Company, the official Automotive partner is ARB Emirates, and the supportive partners are the Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI), and Emirates Heritage Club (EHC).


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