The ‘Pride of the Generation' will be held from 1st to 15th February in Ruwayyah
DUBAI, 31st January 2018: Elite falconers will spring into action during the next fortnight when the sixth edition of the Fakhr Al Ajyal (Pride of the Generation) Championship for Falconry Telwah organized and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) begins on Thursday 1st February 2018 in the dedicated Fazza Falconry Championship site in Ruwayyah area off Emirates Road (exit 55) in Dubai.
The second and most prestigious falconry championship which will continue until 15th February will see the participation of hundreds of elite falconers vying for coveted prizes and also qualify for the ‘Noukhba' (Elite) Super Finals to be held on the last day of the tournament.
There will be an element of surprise in the Fakhr Al Ajyal Championship for Falconry Telwah this season since it will be worked off for the first time under a new format where participants will vie for Trophy, Car or Cash in each category.
The first day of competition scheduled to commence at 9 am will see five races in the Sheikhs category for Jeer Shaheen Farkh and Jernas falcons: Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas - Trophy and Jernas – Car. The daily schedule will be available on the official social media channels of HHC with the integrated electronic registration having eased time and effort for falconers.
Ms. Suad Ibrahim Darwish, Director of Championships at HHC, said there will be keen competition for the top spots with the participation of the best falconers in the UAE. “We are looking forward to the success of our second championship this year which is the ‘Pride of the Generation', based on the positive response during the Fazza Championship for Falconry Telwah held last month. The Rashid Bin Humaid Falconry Championship held with the cooperation of HHC in Ajman was also perfectly timed to prepare falcons for the Fakhr Al Ajyal Championship for Falconry Telwah,” she said.
Ms. Suad Ibrahim Darwish also welcomed all the participants and spectators, including foreigners, for the tournament, pointing out that the HHC has adapted to the stature of the tournament by providing the best services for all in the event site. “The latest electronic equipment has been installed to record timings of falcons and all technical procedures upgraded to ensure transparency in monitoring the results and reward the outstanding performers,” she added.
Under the new format, there will be five races each day promising exciting competition in the categories for Sheikhs, General Public, Juniors and Local participants.
Following is the tournament schedule for the Fakhr Al Ajyal (Pride of the Generations) Championship for Falconry Telwah:
Thursday 1st February (Jeer Shaheen): Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas – Trophy; Jernas - Car (Sheikhs)
Friday 2nd February (Jeer Tabaa): Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas – Trophy; Jernas - Car (Sheikhs)
Saturday 3rd February (Pure Jeer): Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas – Trophy; Jernas - Car (Sheikhs)
Sunday 4th February (Qarmoosha): Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas – Trophy; Jernas - Car (Sheikhs)
Monday 5th February (Jeer Shaheen): Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas – Trophy; Jernas - Car (General)
Tuesday 6th February (Jeer Tabaa): Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas – Trophy; Jernas - Car (General)
Wednesday 7th February (Pure Jeer): Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas – Trophy; Jernas - Car (General)
Thursday 8th February (Qarmoosha): Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas – Trophy; Jernas - Car (General)
Friday 9th February: RC Airplane Qualification (Sheikhs)
Saturday 10th February: Tabaa Wahish Car and Cash (Juniors); Jeer Tabaa Car and Cash (Juniors)
Sunday 11th February: RC Airplane Qualification (General)
Monday 12th February: (Hurr Wahish): Farkh – Car; Farkh – Cash; Jernas - Car (Local); Farkh – Car; Jernas - Car (GCC)
Tuesday 13th February (Shaheen Wahish): Farkh – Trophy; Farkh – Cash; Jernas - Car (Local); Farkh – Car; Jernas - Car (GCC)
Wednesday 14th February: RC Airplane Finals (Sheikhs and General)
Thursday 15th February: ‘Al Noukhba' Super Final (Sheikhs) Farkh and Jernas - Car; Super Final (General) Farkh and Jernas - Car
The official sponsors of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center are: Al Tayer Motors Land Rover, Dubai Airports, AW Rostamani (Arabian Automobiles), Global Village and Al Oula radio station.
This year's Championship promises to be even more exciting with the format having been changed adding to the thrill and suspense of the competition. Every event will be a virtual final since qualification rounds have been done away with except in the RC (Remote Controlled) Airplane category. As a result there will multiple winners on each day of the competition.
The ancient art of taking wild quarry with a trained bird of prey, Falconry is a traditional and highly valued custom in the UAE, reflecting the Bedouin love of this sport. During races, the falcons are timed over a distance of 400 meters, with the best clocking around 20 seconds. They are lured using bait of pigeon wings.
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The Saktoun Rifle Shooting training will be held from March 11th, 2018 to March 13th, in the Dubai Police Shooting Range in the Ruwayyah area, with the aim of preparing and training all age groups for the Fazza Open Championship for Shooting - Saktoun Rifle where the main tournament will take place from 14th to 17th March 2018.
The Fazza Championship for Shooting - Saktoun for locals will be held on March 18th, 2018 and will continue until March 21st.
Free divers will take to the pool in the penultimate event of the Fazza Championship season.
The Fazza Championship for Freediving will be held from March 22nd, 2018 until March 24th at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Sports Complex in Ruwayyah. The Fazza Championship for Freediving is preceded by the annual training programs organized by the Center to improve the performance of the free divers, which will take place from March 19th 2018 to March 21st at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Sports Complex.
The season finale will be when the knights wielding Youlah weapons arrive on the stage in the conclusion of the Fazza Heritage Championships for 2017-18 at the Al Meydan Fort in Global Village. The final episode of the 18th edition of the AED 1 million Fazza Championship for Youlah is scheduled for March 18th, 2018 when the winner of the Fazza Youlah Championship Cup is declared after voting by the fans.