His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers' Club (EFC), has visited the 20th Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX), which is held under his patronage, taking place until 8 September 2023 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), organised by Emirates Falconers’ Club.

His Highness praised the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to heritage and traditional sports, and the directives to conserve the pillars of cultural heritage, and strengthen its role in environmental preservation and sustainable hunting.

His Highness emphasised that the UAE has been and continues to be at the forefront of nations working in a variety of ways to conserve its rich and unique heritage, which is “respected and valued by the entire world, in addition to its direct contribution to protecting the common human heritage of nations and peoples.”

During his tour, His Highness stopped at a number of pavilions and stands of local and international companies participating in the exhibition.

He was briefed on the heritage, cultural and artistic activities of the exhibition related to hunting and equestrian sport, and the efforts and plans made by the various participating parties to preserve environmental and heritage life and promote awareness of the culture of hunting.

His Highness praised the exhibition's focus on environmental issues, wildlife conservation, and promoting awareness of sustainable hunting methods, as well as falconry and saluki hunting, while also hailing the role of the various participating institutions in preserving the UAE's heritage and encouraging the public to take part in protecting endangered species.

His Highness praised that the exhibition has evolved into a prestigious cultural, heritage, and economic festival in which ideas, innovations, and expertise are exchanged, as well as being a forum for those committed to the heritage and the desert, hunters and horseback riders, poets, camel handlers and breeders, and those interested in environmental preservation.

His Highness expressed his delight that the exhibition is intended for audiences of all ages and that engaging activities have been planned for children to entice them to go and learn about a significant part of their parents' and grandparents' lives with regard to the practice of hunting and equestrianism, given its unique cultural, social, and environmental aspects.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan was accompanied during his tour by Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Yas bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Major General Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi, Majid Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of ADIHEX, and a number of senior officials.