Dubai - Falcons soar high at the start of New Year in Dubai

Dubai - Falcons soar high at the start of New Year in Dubai
Dubai - Falcons soar high at the start of New Year in Dubai

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Fazza Championship for Falconry-Telwah (the lure in Arabic) is deemed as the richest competition.

Falcons soared high as the new season of Fazza Championship for Falconry-Telwah, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC), opened with strong competitions at Al Ruwwayyah desert area.

Falconry is a traditional and competitive heritage sport in the UAE that see competitors not just from the UAE and the GCC but also from all corners of the world, including the UK, Canada, Scotland and several European and Asian countries.

Fazza Championship for Falconry-Telwah (the lure in Arabic) is deemed as the richest competition in terms of prize money and the largest one with the most number of matches and categories. The total prize money has reached Dh38 million ($10.35 million) and the falconry championship has grown to a record number of 146 matches, including 44 matches in the Sheikhs category, 74 for the general public, 16 for juniors and 12 for GCC nationals.

Held under the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin , Crown Prince of Dubai, the new season kicked off with the remote controlled airplane in the Sheikhs and general public categories.

In the hotly-contested Sheikhs category, Team F3 finished at first place after Rashid bin Mejren's falcon topped the chart with 1.11 minutes, followed by M7 team (led by Mustafa Al Mas) at second place with a time of 1.12 minutes. Finishing in third place was 'Fox 1' for the same team with a time of 1.13 minutes.

Hazza Muhammad Al Mahmoud's falcons made a one-two finish in the general public category after his bird named 'The Wolf' came first with a time of 1.12 minutes, followed in second place by 'M20' with a time of 1.13003 minutes. 'Lightning' by Rashid Mustafa Al Mas came closely at third with 1.13030 minutes.

Rashid Muburak bin Markhan, deputy CEO of the HHC, said: "Fazza Championship for Falconry-Telwah has grown rapidly and extensively through the years and the HHC has focused on expanding the number of categories and matches to welcome more participants from juniors to GCC nationals".

Souad Ibrahim Darwish, HHC director of championships, said: "We see every year a great demand to join the falconry championship and this is indicative of professionalism, dedication and hard work of everyone.

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