Falcon auction in progress during The Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex) witnessed the sale of the costliest falcon ever throughout the exhibition’s 19 editions.
The American falcon “ultra white” bird of prey on Sunday fetched over Dhs1.01 million (more than $275,000) in the falconry auction held annually as part of the exhibition.
The exhibition launched a distinguished edition of competitive falcon auction, which is one of the most attractive events for the audience.
This success is a first step for the upcoming surprises and novelties in the world of falcon auctions.
In the meantime, the Higher Organizing Committee of the exhibition began to prepare for in the next edition, by attracting the largest international falcon farms, which breed the finest and rarest species of falcons, so that the exhibition and its auctions will be a milestone in the world of falconry worldwide.
ADIHEX represents an ideal opportunity for thousands of visitors to the exhibition, including Emirati falconers and those who come from the GCC countries and the entire world, as well as falcon breeders, to acquire the elite of falcons in the world, provided by the best international and local falcon farms participating in the exhibition.
A young falcon in Saudi Arabia has sold for more than $170,000, the most expensive sale ever of that type of bird and the costliest purchase so far at an annual 45-day auction of the hunting birds cherished in Gulf countries.
According to the state news agency SPA, the sale is considered the most expensive Saudi-produced falcon across farms in the Middle East.The falcon is 17.5 inches long, 17.25 inches wide, and weighs 1,105 grams.
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