HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani inaugurated the second edition of the Katara International Hunting and Falcons exhibition S’hail on Tuesday.
The five-day event is organised by Katara-Cultural Village Foundation.
The opening ceremony was attended by HE the Minister of State Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser al-Thani, HE Adviser to the Emir for Defence Affairs Major General Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, Ooredoo CEO Sheikh Saoud bin Nasser al-Thani, former Minister of Justice Hassan bin Abdallah al-Ghanim, and Katara general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti.
After the opening, HE Sheikh Abdullah toured the exhibition that is spread across different pavilions of participating companies displaying products and accessories related to hunting and falconry hobby. He praised the exhibition and its diverse contents.
Dr al-Sulaiti described the event as “the largest and most prominent exhibition in the field of hunting and falconry for the variety of products and services it provides in this field.”
He added that visitors to S’hail this year will realise the development in this edition with regards to its size and the number of participating companies which proves that the exhibition is growing rapidly and achieving great success.
HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani touring the second edition of the Katara International Hunting and Falcons exhibition S’hail along with Katara general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti and other dignitaries.
Falcons on display at the exhibition. PICTURE: Ram Chand.
The dignitaries at the opening included Turkish ambassador Fikret Ozer, Kyrgyz ambassador Noran Niyazaliev and Lebanese ambassador Hassan Najem. They expressed their appreciation at the variety of falcons, falconry, hunting weapons and safari vehicles on display besides the other attractions for the visitors.
The Qatar Society of Al Gannas has a significant presence at the exhibition with a large pavilion where local falconers and hunters gather to discuss the issues of hunting and falconry.
Al Gannas president Ali al-Mehshadi praised the exhibition and expressed his happiness to be witnessing a larger venue with many more participants in this edition, which he says will have a positive impact on the local and international hunting aficionados visiting the S’hail exhibition.
“More falcons and more companies are here this year, which makes our mission more effective in supporting and promoting this traditional hobby in Qatar,” he said.
The second edition of S’hail, which had received a thumping response in the inaugural event last year, has been unveiled with a new design in the shape of a large circus tent inside the arena.
S’hail 2018 is spread over an expanded exhibition area of 10,000sqm, almost double of 4,500sqm from last year.
Over 150 manufacturers and companies from 20 countries from and outside the region are participating in S’hail 2018. The first of its kind exhibition in Qatar and the region in terms of size, diversity and quality, dedicated to the needs and requirements of falconers, S’hail 2018, which runs until September 8, attracted thousands of visitors on Tuesday.
This year’s edition of the S’hail also has more participation of handicraft promoters specialising in the hunting and falconry accessories industry from different countries including Pakistan, The Netherlands, and Spain.
On display are falcon hoods, gloves and leather bags. Visitors were seen enjoying the opportunity to meet different hunting arms manufacturers and agencies such as Browning and Ginochi from different countries displaying the latest brands of hunting weaponry.
The exhibition also provides three daily lectures about falconry and breeding falcons, delivered by experts in this field, in addition to awareness lectures on safe hunting trips and overland safaris.
The Katara Cultural Village has an award of QR30,000 for the ‘Best Trade Pavilion’ and ‘falcon hood’ at the exhibition.
The everyday auction at S’hail 2018 also features the finest falcons from Qatar and other countries. Food items on offer at the eateries with dedicated kitchens include meat of birds, deer and rabbit procured from fresh hunts and prepared by top chefs.
S’hail is a distinguished event which reflects Qatar’s heritage, both in the regional as well as the international arena.