Etihad Cup

Etihad Cup for Falcons Races kicks off today

In accordance with the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE Falcon Federation, and to mark the UAE’s 51st National Day, Dubai is ready to host the first Etihad Cup for Falcons Races in the Farkh category.

Organised by the UAE Falcon Federation in collaboration with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, the Cup will be held from December 7 to 14, 2022 at Al Ruwaya Fields in Dubai. The total prize money for the first edition of the Cup exceeds AED 1.5 million, including AED 768,000 for the qualifiers and AED 750,000 for the top three winners.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed recently commissioned the Federation to organise the Etihad Cup to support the falconry sport and its history with the heritage of the UAE and the region as a whole. This confirms the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership in this regard and is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to develop falconry and promote it across generations.

The Etihad Cup for Falcons Races will be held over 400 metres in three categories (Sheikhs, Open Public and Public Owners), with five events divided into three rounds each. The competitions will include Jeer Shaheen ( Farkh), Jeer Teba ( Farkh), Pure Jeer ( Farkh) and Qarmousha ( Farkh). The championship will consist of 15 main rounds, four rounds for each Sheikh category, Public Open and Public Owners, and three rounds of the Final Cup with one round for each category.

Rashid Mubarak Bin Marhan, Secretary General of the UAE Falcon Federation, said the launch of the UAE Falcon Federation Cup coincided with the celebration of the 51st UAE National Day and reflects the popularity of the sport and the extent of the people’s love for the heritage sport. The organising committee, headed by Demitan Sweidan Al-Qamzi, has finalised all preparations for the prestigious event, including logistical and technical details.

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