Falcon breeding has always been of a great passion of the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia that originally lies in a key migratory route for various bird species, was listed by UNESCO as one of the 11 top countries as home to many species of falcon.
- Saudis and the Falcons… a relation of an interest, passion, wealth, and sometimes a family tradition.
An entire Saudi family, from the ancestors to the grandchildren, who lives in the South of Ha‘il, is locally-known for its interest in breeding and reproducing falcons. For many years, houses of this family have never been empty of different and rare species of falcons, to later turn their hobby into a specialized farm in reproducing rare falcon species and employ all of their experiences and potential in providing the necessary needs of medicine and food for these falcons. From an early age, each young individual of this family owns a falcon of his own and is raised to love falcons and professionally deal with them. None of them would get out for a walk without his own falcon that has been in his accompany for decades, they would even compete with each other on whose falcon is the fastest and the strongest. In the season of hunting, all the family members, even the grandchildren, move to the desert to find new species and grow their property of falcons. Moreover, they repeatedly travel to add new species as much as possible to theirs.
Out of Saudi Arabia’s growing interest in falcons as a local wealth along with the aim of preserving the national heritage, promoting the traditional events, and raising young Saudis to feel proud about their local culture and traditions, the Saudi Falcons Club hold the first Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition in Saudi Arabia in Riyadh last December. Besides, launching the King Abdul Aziz Falconry Festival in the town of Malham, north of Riyadh, last January. Such events are considered a perfect forum where falcon fans and breeders can exchange their experience and knowledge.