September 23, 2018: ABU DHABI-The 16th Edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX), which is set to celebrate the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has opened its doors to visitors at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
ADIHEX 2018 will be held from September 25th to 29th under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers’ Club.
The event is organized by the Emirates Falconers’ Club and is supported by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) and The Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee in addition to many local, regional and international media partners.
The main sponsor is His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, while the Gold sponsors are Etisalat, The National and Arabian Tents, Silver sponsors are Wahat Al Zaweya, the Dhabian Equestrian Club, Smart Design LLC and Tiger Properties and the Bronze sponsors are AlMoe and National Geographic.
The Higher Organising Committee of ADIHEX said during a press conference held ahead of the largest exhibition for hunting, equestrian and heritage preservation on September 18th that this year’s exhibition is witnessing a large number of exhibitors from the UAE and other nations.
At the exhibition there will be the “Sheikh Zayed First Falconer Gallery” which is a journey with more than 3,000 photos from the late Sheikh Zayed’s falconry hunting trips, from 1976 to 2004 and were taken with the lens of the photographer Mohamed Al Khalidi.
The exhibition will also attract a wide range of local and foreign companies in the fields of cultural heritage, conservation, hunting and hunting equipment, tourism, safaris, weapons, falconry, equestrian, marine sports, outdoor leisure, arts, crafts and entertainment for children.
Visitors this edition can for the first time purchase tickets for ADIHEX online from Virgin Megastore as well as in the store for this event that has several exciting and enjoyable activities and initiatives.
Specifically, the 16th edition of ADIHEX consists of competitions including the Arabian Saluki beauty shows, falcon competitions, photo galleries as well as educational competitions designed to attract visitors and families in addition to raffles with prizes. The event also features live performances such as beauty shows and live shows for horses, K9 dogs, birds and falcons. For animal lovers and owners, there will be a camel auction, as well as a silent online auction. Additionally, there will be numerous hunting activities such as archery shooting range, shooting simulator, paintball target shooting range and airsoft shooting.
ADIHEX 2018 has a dedicated Kids Knowledge Area with activities such as workshops and games that spread environmental awareness among children and link them to the exhibition with the aim of instilling in them heritage and historical customs and values. The children’s activities have been organized in cooperation with the Mohammed bin Zayed School of Falconry and Desert Physiognomy, the Dhabian Equestrian Club, International Fund for Houbara Conservation and Al Ain Zoo.