(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) The UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is resolve to safeguard indigenous desert-associated heritage and history for their role in realising environmental, human and social sustainability and passing legacy to the next generations, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has affirmed.
Sheikh Mohammed stated, after attending this evening the finale of the Abu Dhabi Falconry Competition at Sabkhat Al Sarami in Al Wathba, that such events help to instill these values in youngsters and strengthen interaction and communication among falconers to practice their hobbies in heritage forums that aim promote genuine heritage from which '' we inspire valuable lessons and examples in patience, courage and generosity, heroism, challenge, endurance and other noble principles as we are celebrating these days the 41st anniversary of national day.'' More than 600 falconers and 1,109 birds participated in the five-day contest categorised into three disciplines. The Emirates Falconers' Club (EFC) in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Sports Council staged the Abu Dhabi Falconry Competition under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed as part of the national day celebrations.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region,H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, a number of Sheikhs, officials, falconers and fans also attended the closing round.
Later, Sheikh Hazza crowned winners of the competition.