Dubai: The second edition of the ‘UAE Falconers League’, a collaboration between the Hamdan Bin Mohammad Heritage Center (HHC) and Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, concluded on Friday in Abu Dhabi.
The F3 team, the falconry team of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, led the “ Sheikh category ” while the “ Rabdan team has retained its dominance in the general public category. Six falconry teams competed in the Shaikhs category which was first introduced in the UAE Falconers League.
The F3 team finished the competition with 13 points, followed by the M7 team with 11 points and the Al Dhafra team with 10 points. Fourth place went to the F-3S with six points while Al-Nef and Baynouna each have one point. The F3 team sealed their title after a draw in a decisive race against M7 with a score of 2-2 in the final round which was on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Rabdan team retained the Mainstream category title for the second year in a row, having finished the season with a score of nine wins to collect 27 points. The Nomas team followed in second place with 19 points, and the Dubai team finished third with 16 points.
The winners were crowned by Sultan Al Mahmoud, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Falconers Club and Chairman of the Joint Organizing Committee of the UAE Falconers League; Rashid Bin Markhan, Deputy Managing Director of HHC and Vice Chairman of the Organizing Committee; and Demaithan Bin Suwaidan, Chairman of the Fazaa Falconry Championships Organizing Committee.
Al Mahmoud said: “The concerted efforts between the Abu Dhabi Falconers Club and the HHC have certainly elevated the sport of falconry. We are happy with the level of competition and the strength of it, especially in the Shaikhs category which was launched for the first time this year and in the general category which has only become stronger and more competitive. .
Bin Markhan said: “Having an additional category has been a positive step for the championship as we have seen how it has developed quickly and widely over the years. Ultimately, joint efforts led to supporting the sport of falconry and deepening its roots in the cultural heritage of the country and region.
F3 team leader Khalifa Bin Mejren praised the stiff competition in the Shaikh category, with the falconers bringing their best hawks to the race. He said: “Everyone got ready for the race. The strong competition has shown that even the coronavirus pandemic cannot stand in the way of the race.
Rabdan’s falconer, Khalfan Butti Al Qubaisi, added, “There is always a special bond between Emiratis brought about by our love and passion for falconry. Our success in retaining the title is due to our teamwork and our determination ”.