Only two falcons qualified for the next round Tuesday at the ongoing Haddad Al Tahadi competitions (where the falcon has to hunt a homing pigeon within certain parameters) at the 14th edition of Qatar International Falcons and Hunting Festival (Marmi 2023).
The forenoon and afternoon sessions saw a majority of pigeons escaping the falcons and returning safe to their coops at Umm Ebairiya.
The participating falconers, including those from Egypt and Kuwait, highly appreciated the excellent organisation of the festival.
The owner of the homing pigeons, Abdulla Fakhro, stressed that his birds have started to regain their strength and balance while the falconers continued to use the most sophisticated methods to train their falcons, which gives the championship a real feel of an exciting competition.
Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital has maintained an active presence among the falconers at the festival.
Hospital director Misnad bin Ali al-Mohannadi stressed the facility’s keenness to co-operate with Marmi 2023 and other related activities and exhibitions.
Marmi 2023, organised by Al Qannas Qatari Society at Sabkhat Marmi in the Sealine Area under the patronage of HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani, will continue until January 28.
The event has been drawing more local, regional and international attention as one of the major festivals in its category, pioneered by Qatar to maintain and develop such heritage traditional sport.