This year’s festival has seen an increase in the number of participants.
DOHA: An exciting Hadad Challenge will mark the start of the fifth Qatar International Falcon and Hunting Festival this afternoon at Sabkath Marmah in Sealine, organisers announced yesterday.
This category of the competition is one of the biggest and most anticipated, with a huge number of participants, including first prize winners in Qatar and from neighbouring countries.
Nasser Salah Al Ramzani, Vice-Chairman of the Hadad Challenge committee, said the competition will be very challenging and thrilling compared with other categories because of the sheer number of participants.
He said the Hadad Challenge has 16 groups which will compete throughout the festival days.
Each group includes more than 30 participants and the first group which will compete today has 35 members.
This year’s festival, he said, has seen an increase in the number of participants from all age groups, vying for the first prize.
This contest tests the shaheen falcon’s ability to hunt the dove while in flight, after landing on the ground or to guard the prey until the falcon owner arrives.
Each category carries a cash prize of QR100,000. The owner of the fastest falcon to hunt the dove also gets a Lexus car.
Al Ramzani said the committee is ready with regard to standards and criteria of the competition which will be followed to satisfy all participants. The event starts at 1pm.
Under the patronage of Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, the festival promotes falconry and hunting as a sport and hobby and highlights an important facet of Qatar’s heritage.