Posted on August 23, 2019

Preparations are in full swing for the third edition of Katara International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition (S’hail 2019), one of the biggest annual events organised by the Katara Cultural Village. The massive venue being set up at Katara Wisdom Square specially for the event is nearing completion in time for the event scheduled from September 3 to 7.

Last year, the five-day exhibition attracted more than 116,400 visitors to 150 stalls from 20 countries generating over QR41m in sales according to the event’s official website. Said to be the region’s largest and most prominent event in the field of hunting and falconry, the exhibition comprised several sections including hunting weapons and equipment, falcon auction, falconry accessories, safari equipment and vehicles in addition to handicraft and food among others. It fascinated visitors with a showcase of over 1,000 falcons, organised lectures on falconry skills and how to breed falcons and held several competitions with big prizes.

As part of S’hail’s strategy to promote the event and draw in more international participants, S’hail had signed several agreements with important international cultural organisations and international exhibitions and festivals, one of which was British-based The Game Fair. Recently, S’hail participated at the 61st edition of The Game Fair as part of the partnership as well as provide update and promote its upcoming third edition to different British companies. Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, Katara General Manager and Chairman of S’hail Organising Committee, said that their participation was a significant part of the agreement signed last year and that S’hail sponsored some activities at the Fair.

Fifteen British companies from different sectors including hunting, falcons and accessories will participate in S’hail next month, said Abdul Aziz Al Sayed, Director of S’hail, stressing that S’hail’s stand witnessed great interest from foreign visitors who wanted to learn about the Qatari culture and identity as well as the S’hail exhibition itself. S’hail exhibition takes its name from a star which signals the start of hunting season which hunters eagerly await to shine in the sky to begin their journey. Many legendry Arabic poets have also taken inspiration from S’hail in their writings.

Falconry is an indispensable part of Qatar’s rich cultural heritage integrating  many cultural, social, art and entertainment events which attract huge number of participants and visitors from different parts of the world.

source: The Peninsula

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