His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the International Federation of Falcon Sports and Racing, gave gifts to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, and to his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and their brothers Their Highnesses, members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, the great achievement of the state hosting the permanent headquarters of the International Federation of Falcon Sports and Racing in the Emirate of Dubai, as the first international sports federation hosted by the UAE for this sport, with this achievement having a positive impact as a pioneering step in the march of falconry and as a global certificate of trust In the influential role that the UAE contributes to supporting falconry sports at the international level.
His Highness the President of the International Federation of Falcon Sports and Racing affirmed his appreciation for all the efforts made to raise the status of the traditional falconry sport, especially after it entered a new era at the global level, which contributes to the dissemination and development of this ancient sport at the international level, and its organization to establish new foundations to raise it to global levels. To serve all sports related to falcon racing.
His Highness added that the signing of the agreement to host the permanent headquarters of the International Federation of Falcon Sports and Racing comes within the framework of the growing position of the UAE as a preferred destination for major international sports institutions and organizations, and the fruit of the interest that the wise leadership attaches to heritage sports in general and falconry in particular, to complete the approach established by the late. God willing, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless him and grant him peace, to draw the features of the future of this sport since its inception, by providing all means of support for falconry, including initiatives, activities and legislation to protect its gains, and stimulate its practice and sustainability across generations.
The first international federation
The signing of the agreement to host the UAE for the permanent headquarters of the first international federation for falconry comes as a continuation of the successive steps taken by the federation after its promulgation in December 2022, to be a milestone in the march of heritage sports at the global level. The signing of the agreement was witnessed today (Thursday) in Dubai by His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education and President of the General Authority for Sports, His Excellency Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Hussain, Secretary General of the General Authority for Sports, and His Excellency Rashid Mubarak Saeed bin Markhan Al Ketbi, Secretary General of the International Federation of Sports. and falcon racing.
On the sidelines of the signing of the agreement, a summary of the most prominent milestones that the International Federation of Falcon Sports and Racing went through was reviewed, beginning with announcing the idea of establishing the federation initiated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council last September, passing through the works The founding meeting of the federation, which was attended by representatives of 11 entities from 10 countries from four different continents, leading to the signing of the agreement to host the permanent headquarters of the federation in the UAE, which is among the most important basic steps in the march of the international sports entity concerned with supervising falconry sports and racing at the international level.
For his part, Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education and Chairman of the General Sports Authority, said: “The UAE’s hosting of the headquarters of the International Federation of Falcon Sports and Racing represents a new station and a distinguished step in enhancing the position and competitiveness of the UAE at the global level as a preferred and sustainable destination and an advanced model in attracting institutions.” “Thanks to the support and guidance of its wise leadership, the UAE continues to achieve pioneering achievements and enhance its regional and global reputation and position in various fields, including the sports sector.” Pointing out that hosting international federations is an opportunity to enhance cooperation between them and the sports authorities in the country, and to attract more major international tournaments, which consolidates the presence of the UAE on the global sports map.
He continued: “Hosting the International Federation of Falcon Sports and Racing is of particular importance, given the status enjoyed by falcon sports in the UAE as a well-established heritage sport that has been inherited through generations, and the great interest it receives from the wise leadership as a living extension to preserving this ancient cultural heritage and developing these sports.” And bringing them to international levels, and through this hosting, the UAE strengthens its position at the forefront of global efforts to work and partner to achieve new achievements for heritage sports on an ongoing basis, as we always look forward to preserving the heritage and gains that were achieved in the past to be a pillar for the present and future of the UAE in various fields.
For his part, Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Hussain, Secretary General of the General Sports Authority, confirmed that the signing of the agreement to host the permanent headquarters of the International Federation of Falcon Sports and Racing comes within the framework of the UAE’s interest in this sport and the noble values it carries that are closely linked to the national identity, history and heritage of fathers and grandfathers, saying: “We are pleased with this historic step in the march of falconry globally, which confirms the distinguished position of the country on the map of heritage sports and crowns its efforts to develop a sports sector that enjoys all aspects of support, attention and follow-up.”
He pointed out that the General Sports Authority, and based on its strategic role in advancing the march of the sports movement in the country and making it a center for major international sports entities, welcomes such agreements that support the directives of our wise leadership and are in line with its vision. Especially with regard to consolidating the global reputation of the Emirates, pursuant to what was stated within the ten principles of the Fifty Charter.
In turn, Rashid bin Markhan, Secretary General of the International Federation of Falcon Sports and Racing, extended his thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, for his initiative to establish the International Federation as an independent international sports body that supports and serves all Sports related to falcon racing, and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the General Sports Authority for the great support it provided to sign the agreement to host the permanent headquarters of the International Federation of Falconry Sports and Racing
He said: “We are all proud of this success, which came as a result of the support and care of our wise leadership and all the national efforts that know and appreciate the value of heritage, and we still have a lot of work and coordination with all partners at the national and international levels to consolidate the culture of this heritage sport and its principles and foundations that reflect the historical features of the UAE and the region.” and all member states of the International Federation of Falconry Sports and Racing.
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