(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA
Some 1,679 falconers were registered for the various festival competitions of the 9th Qatar International Falcon and Hunting Festival (Marmi Festival), the Organising Committee announced.
The festival will kick off on January 1 and will run until the 27 January at Sabkhat Marmi in Sealine.
Ali bin Khatem Al Mehshadi, Chairman of the Organising Committee of Marmi Festival and Chairman of Al Gannas Society, said yesterday that the number of registered entries in Haddad El Tahadee competition reached 685 — the most popular category of the competition.
The festival is aimed at promoting the preservation of wildlife, protection of falcons and maintaining falconry as an important aspect of Qatari tradition passed from one generation to another. Considered one of the largest in the region, the festival also aims to promote excellence in falconry and hunting as well as the sharing of experiences among falconers in the region.