Entries of Ahmed Bu Dahoum Al Muhairi and Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi clocked fastest times
DUBAI, 8th January 2017: Junior falconers, some of them just below three years old, took center stage in the Fazza Championship for Falconry Al Tilwah organized by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) in Dubai on Saturday 7th January.
The young stars displayed great enthusiasm and adhered to the spirit of competition to assure their elders that the future of this traditional heritage sport of falconry would continue for generations to come.
The largest and most popular among the series of falconry championships, the Fazza Championship for Falconry – Tilwah, will continue until 12th January in the dedicated site in Ruwayyah area (Exit 55 off Emirates Road) with the participation of elite contenders in various categories and groups.
Ahmed Bu Dahoum Al Muhairi’s falcon clocked the fastest time 19.212 seconds on the sixth morning of competition in the Jeer Tabaa category while Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi’s “Shamma” recorded the best winning time of 20.896 in the Jeer Wahish in the juniors’ category.
Ms. Suad Ibrahim Darwish, Director of Championships at HHC, was amazed to see how the juniors have improved in the sport of falconry within a span of four years.
“When we started this competition for juniors in 2013, the aim was to encourage children to follow the footsteps of their forefathers to preserve the heritage of the UAE. We want to promote this heritage and culture among the young children as it comes under the directives of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, to do a championship for the juniors,” she said.
“It has been a resounding success from the first year. We were overwhelmed by the huge number of participants. For the first time this year, we introduced the procedure where when a child enters the area where they let go of the bird, he goes alone without his parents. I have seen their progress when they were three or four years old and their improvement has surprised me. They even adhere to the rules more strictly than adults. We have decide to grade them according to performance because these children are the future,” she added.
Tabaa Wahish (Juniors)
Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi had four qualifiers in the finals of the Tabaa Wahish (Juniors) category.
Rashid Hamdan Ahmed bin Sheikh Mijrin Al Kindi’s falcon name Brave clocked the second best qualifying time of 21.047 followed by Ahmed Rashid Saeed Ali’s Hogan (21.407).
The qualifiers for the final round in this event are: 1. Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi 20.896 2. Rashid Hamdan Ahmed bin Sheikh Bin Mijrin Al Kindi 21.047 3. Ahmed Rashid Saeed Ali 21.407 4. Suhail Khalifa Saeed Al Kindi 21.593 5. Mansoor Ahmed Bin Sheikh Bin Mijrin Al Kindi 21.606 6. Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi 21.607 7. Rashid Ahmed Al Ketbi 21.664 8. Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi 22.101 9. Khalifa Al Muhairi 22.362 10. Salem Issa Mohammed Al Yasi 22.501
Tabaa Jeer (Juniors)
Ahmed Bu Dahoum Al Muhairi’s entry produced a stunning burst of 19.212 to upstage
Ahmed Rashid Saeed Ali’s falcon (19.319) while Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi’s also clocked an impressive 19.438 in the Tabaa Jeer event for Juniors.
The qualifiers for the finals of the Tabaa Jeer (Juniors) category are: 1. Ahmed Obaid Al Muhairi 19.212 2. Ahmed Rashid Saeed Ali 19.319 3. Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi 19.438 4. Hamad Rashid Ahmed Bin Sheikh Bin Mijrin 19.645 5. Khalifa Obaid Al Muhairi 19.726 6. Khaled Jamal Khalifa Saif Al Hareez 19.727 7. Mohammed Matar Ketbi Markhan Hamdan 19.742 8. Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi 19.752 9. Mubarak Rashid Saeed Al Kindi 19.781 10. Hamad Rashid Ahmed Bin Sheikh Bin Mijrin 19.899
The official sponsors of heritage events organized by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Center are Al Tayer Motors, Land Rover, Dubai Airports, Dubai World Trade Center, AW Rostamani (Arabian Automobiles), Global Village and Al Oula Radio.