In Saudi Arabia, there are traditions that have managed to survive technological, economic and societal upheavals. The art of falconry is one of them.
From 25 January to 3 February, the Saudi Falcons Club will hold in Riyadh the largest falconry event in the region: King Abdulaziz Falconry Festival.
During this festival, thousands of enthusiasts from all over the world will be able to attend competitions, exhibitions and theatre performances. The event, a major one in the region, also offers the opportunity to discover or rediscover the history of falconry in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, as well as traditional and more modern falcon breeding and training techniques.
Falconry, an art rooted in Saudi traditions
Deeply rooted in Bedouin culture in the Middle East, falconry – a tradition that consists of raising falcons, training them and using them for hunting – has always been a strong ally of the Arabian desert tribes. For centuries, Bedouins in the region have had to deal with wildlife and adapt to survive. The falcon was of great help to their survival.
Today, more than a simple tradition, faclconry has become a sport that regularly brings together many falconers from the Arabian Peninsula for competitions, such as King Abdulaziz Falconry Festival.