Fazza Championship for Falconry Concludes with “Hurr” for GCC Category
Organized and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, the Fazza Championship for Falconry concluded yesterday (Thursday, 15 January 2015), with the exclusive tournament for Gulf falconers in the “Hurr Wahash Farakh” and “Hurr Wahash Jirnas” categories. The GCC tournament saw top falconers from around the region compete for glory, with Qatari participants dominating the “Jirnas” category while a participant from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia emerged winner in the Farakh” category. Participants from Kuwait, Oman, and Kazakhstan also took part in the Championship.
On the first day of the GCC tournament, more than 180 falconers participated in the “Shaheen Farakh” and “Shaheen Jirnas” categories, while 250 falconers competed on the second day in the “Hurr Wahash Farakh” and “Hurr Wahash Jirnas” categories. The event witnessed an impressive turnout of Gulf spectators, who accompanied their national champions to the tournament to cheer them on and attend the world’s richest falconry championship.
Souad Ibrahim Darwish, Director of Fazza Championships, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, said: “We welcome our brothers from the Gulf region to their second homeland – the UAE. We extend our congratulations to the winners and thank all participants, whose number has jumped significantly this year, for their participation and sportsmanship.”
For his part, Dumaithan Bin Swaidan – Head of the Organizing Committee, Fazza Championship for Falconry, extended his thanks to the Gulf contingent that attended and competed in the Fazza Championship for Falconry and congratulated the winners, saying: “The Fazza Championship for Falconry has become a world-class event in terms of the level of organization and participants’ performance, which have contributed to the global fame it enjoys now, under the wise guidance and support of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.”
“Every year, we work relentlessly on developing and enhancing the Fazza Championship for Falconry to make it one of the best and richest tournaments in the world,” he added.
Saeed Muslim Al Zorai of Oman expressed his happiness at his participation in the Championship, saying: “This is my second participation in the Fazza Championship for Falconry. I learnt the sport of falconry from my friends in the UAE, who encouraged me to take part in this tournament. I am very proud to be participating in the Fazza Championship, and even if I couldn’t win an advanced rank, the mere experience of being a part of this tournament is honor enough for me.”
Nazim Suleiman Abuljedian of Kazakhstan said: “I have taken part in several overseas falconry tournaments, but a few years ago, I decided to compete only in the Fazza Championship for Falconry, which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. His Highness is a role model and a source of inspiration to every athlete, and his magnanimous support demonstrates his interest in this traditional sport as well as his eagerness to promote falconry among all people, whether from the United Arab Emirates or from any other country.” He added: “This is my second participation in the Fazza Championship; I won second rank in 2014, but I couldn’t achieve any top rank this year as the tournament featured an extremely strong, competitive field this time.”
Saud Abdullah Al Khurainej of Kuwait said: “This is my first time participating in the Fazza Championship for Falconry. I had heard a lot about this tournament but when I saw with my own eyes the unparalleled warm welcome, superb organization and the close attention paid to heritage sports and athletes in the UAE, I realized how lucky the people of this country are.”
His sentiments were shared by Rumizan Abdullah Al Dosari from Saudi Arabia, first place winner in the “Shaheen Wahash Farakh” category. “The generosity of the people of the UAE is not new, and by providing an opportunity for falconers from all over the GCC to participate in the tournament, the Fazza Championship for Falconry brings us together as brothers, revives our heritage and strengthens our shared identity,” he said.
Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al Duaij of Saudi Arabia explained: “I’ve been participating in the tournament since its inception, and have won advanced ranks on several occasions. Falconry is a sport I have been practicing for nearly 25 years now; I inherited this heritage sport from my father, and I’ve taught my children falconry and I hope that they will pass it on to my grandchildren. The championship’s organization has exceeded all expectations, and I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, for his efforts in preserving this traditional sport.”
In the “Hurr Wahash Jirnas” category, Abdullah Al Qahtani of Qatar secured first place with a time of 19.687 seconds, while QTR team, also from Qatar, finished second with a time of 19.877 seconds. Third place went to Qatar’s “Libretha” team, who clocked a time of 20.299 seconds.
In the “Hurr Wahash Farakh” category, Rumizan Abdullah Hagras Al-Dosari from Saudi Arabia won first and third ranks with times of 19.849 seconds and 20.439 seconds, respectively, while “Libretha” team from Qatar came second with a time of 20.373 seconds.
Rumizan Abdullah Al Dosari from Saudi Arabia secured the first and third ranks in the “Shaheen Wahash Farakh” category with times of 20.329 seconds and 21.933 seconds, respectively, with Anas Allam Al Kandari of Kuwait in second place with a time of 21.493 seconds.
The “Shaheen Wahash Jirnas” category was dominated by Qataris, with QTR team winning the first rank with a time of 18.959 seconds, followed by Saleh Rashid Al Zamat in second place with a time of 19.352 seconds. Saad Ahmed Al Mohannadi completed a clean sweep for Qatar as he secured third place with a time of 20.846 seconds.
About Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center:
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center is the reliable source and reference for the conservation of national heritage in the United Arab Emirates. Its vision focuses on the promotion of the Emirati national heritage and communicating it to the young generation at regional and global levels.
In addition, the Center organizes events and competitions as well as conducts heritage studies and specialized research for the preservation and documentation of the UAE’s national heritage. It also provides traditional sources and references for researchers and interested parties, including all members of the community.
The Center serves as a platform for all initiatives, tournaments and activities on the country’s heritage conceptualized by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. It seeks to consolidate the cultural Emirati heritage and be valued by the new generation. The Center also promotes awareness about the UAE’s values, customs and traditions inherent society, as well as activates young Emirati participation in the maintenance of their national identity.