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The 2014 International Festival of Falconry and My Passion for Birds of Prey

Michael P. JonesCollege of Veterinary Medicine - Avian and Zoological Medicine

From December 7-13, 2014, over 800 falconers from around the world descended upon the desert sands of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to participate in the 3rd International Festival of Falconry.  Recognized and inscribed by UNESCO as a living human heritage and as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, falconry set the stage for international falconers, researchers, journalists, photographers, exhibitors, raptor trainers, experts, and other raptor enthusiasts to share in their passion for this unique art and sport. Through the support of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee, the festival served as a model of cultural tolerance and appreciation for our passion for falconry.

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