March 30, 2023

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United Arab Emirates spearheads efforts to extend Falconries' record at UNESCO

United Arab Emirates spearheads efforts to extend Falconries’ record at UNESCO

The UAE has reached a new milestone in republishing the Balkans Cup for the fourth time on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative List of Extraordinary Cultural Heritage. 24 countries around the world, after six new countries joined the file.

The Falconry registration extension was announced during the sixteenth regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on the Preservation of Mankind’s Extraordinary Cultural Heritage on December 13, and its work will continue until Saturday.

At the same meeting, it was announced that the file “Arabian Manuscript: Knowledge, Skills and Practices” had been included in the UNESCO Representative List of Extraordinary Cultural Heritage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The participation and support of the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO), and the UAE and 15 other Arab countries is one of the largest common files between Arab countries.

The addition is part of a joint effort by the United Arab Emirates with other participating countries to highlight, preserve, preserve, and support joint cultural and humanitarian work on the Falconry and Arabian scripts. , Promoting and transmitting these elements of a prosperous human heritage.

Minister of Culture and Youth Noura Bint Mohammed Al Khabi, Chairman of the National Committee for Education, Culture and Science, confirmed that the achievement embodies the interest of the United Arab Emirates and the participating countries in the Balkans in various parts of the world. “The file, which is an integral part of the common human heritage, highlights the efforts of the country to preserve it and enrich its global presence in support of cultural heritage.

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Our strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism will contribute to the promotion and preservation of the Falconry Cup, re-registering the Falconry Cup on the UNESCO Representative List of Excellent Cultural Heritage and promoting the development of projects. That fact must be taken into account. “

He praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia and Alexei to co-ordinate the efforts to successfully add the Arabian fingerprint trophy to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Another part of our heritage is the Arabic language which is an important part of our national and cultural identity.

Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Head of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, said: “Our continued efforts to preserve and promote the solid and intangible cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates are one of the most important pillars on which we work. The practices of fathers and grandfathers in deepening this relationship, in implementing its importance in building the national identity of the Emirate and enhancing the sense of belonging to our history. “


Falconry has been known for 4000 years, and the Pedoines practiced it in their valleys, especially in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Peninsula, as an important form of hunting on land devoid of natural resources. .

The Falconry file was presented in its first edition with the participation of (11) countries distributed across various continents of the world and was added to the UNESCO Representative List of Excellent Cultural Heritage, and the file was recorded in December 2021. For the fourth time in “UNESCO”, the number of countries participating in the file has been brought to the world (24) for the fourth time after the accession of six countries: Croatia – Ireland – Poland – Netherlands – Slovakia – Kyrgyzstan.

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“This achievement supports our plans to conserve hawks as part of human heritage.”

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