2nd of September is the date for launching the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers Club, the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, is preparing to launch the 20th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2023), as the efforts of the Higher Organizing Committee intensify to organize the largest event of its kind in the Middle East and Africa, and one of the most significant specialized events in the world.
The Higher Organizing Committee announced postponing the launching date of the new edition of ADIHEX for several days, that will be held from 2 to 8 September 2023, to experience the exhibition's full potential, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching experience for exhibitors and visitors from around the world.
ADIHEX attracts interested local and international enthusiasts who are decision-makers with high purchasing power, and those who prioritize environmental, cultural, and heritage values, authentic sports, and sustainable hunting.
This year, ADIHEX is witnessing a remarkable development and an increase in Emirati, Arab and international participation that exceeded expectations, as the percentage of space booking exceeded 86%, and participations are still ongoing in the (11) sectors of the event, with expectations of achieving a record participation rate, as the Exhibition’s management continues to receive stand booking requests from the world’s most renowned exhibitors and prestigious brands specialized in the hunting and equestrian industry from different continents of the world.
ADIHEX includes 11 diverse sectors: Arts and Crafts, Equestrian, Falconry, Hunting Tourism and Safari, Hunting and Camping Equipment, Hunting and Shooting Sports Guns and Equipment, Preservation of Environment and Cultural Heritage, Outdoor Leisure Vehicle and Equipment, Veterinary Products and Services, Fishing equipment and Marine Sports, and the last but not the least, Media.
Several interactive digital services and promotional benefits were announced through the official website of ADIHEX to ensure a smooth and exceptional experience for all exhibitors.
ADIHEX will be held over a period of 7 days for the third time in its history, in response to the demands of both visitors and exhibitors. Local, regional, and international companies have praised this qualitative shift within the exhibition development strategy, reflecting the increasing public turnout, and meeting the aspirations of falconry, hunting, equestrian and heritage enthusiasts.
The Higher Organizing Committee emphasized that the confidence of exhibitors and visitors in ADIHEX, represents the basis for the growth and continuity of the regional and global success of this international event. Exhibitors, sponsors, and supporters agreed on the importance of attending such event, which enabled them to achieve record sales, exchange their experiences and ideas, meet partners and customers, make deals, and build strong business relations.
His Excellency Majid Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of ADIHEX, the Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers Club, expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, may God protect him, and to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, Chairman of the Emirates Falconers Club, for the great support provided by Their Highnesses the Sheikhs to the exhibition, and for all the local efforts that contribute to the protection of the Emirati and human heritage.
His Excellency expressed his contentment with the various successes of ADIHEX, and its rich program with lots of features, shows, and workshops that succeeded in attracting a wide audience. He emphasized that the next edition would witness the presence of many new products, innovations, and features that meet the aspirations of exhibitors and visitors interested in the sectors of the largest hunting, equestrian, and heritage preservation exhibition in the Middle East and Africa.
The next edition of ADIHEX will be organized by the Emirates Falconers Club under the theme "Sustainability and Heritage... A Reborn Aspiration", with the official sponsorship of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) where the event takes place. Whereas the golden sponsor is the German company SCHIWY, the sector sponsor is Caracal International LLC, and the official automotive industry partner is ARB UAE.
The supporting partners of ADIHEX are the Ministry of Interior, Abu Dhabi Police, the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee, the Emirates Heritage Club, the Emirates Arabian Horse Association, the Abu Dhabi Chamber, and the British Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi. The industry partners are the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, the European Foundation for Falconry and Conservation, the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, Dubai International Horse Fair, The Game Fair – France, and JAGD & HUND in Germany, and the American Chambers of Commerce in the Emirates. In addition to the visitor experience partners: Mohamed bin Zayed Falconry & Desert Physiognomy School, and the Arabian Saluki Center in Abu Dhabi.
It is noteworthy that more than 900 companies and brands from 58 countries participated in the last edition, over an area exceeding 60,000 square meters, and provided about 150,000 visitors with the latest technologies, innovations, and trends in falconry, hunting, and equestrian industry, including hunting and camping equipment, accessories, as well as falconry tools and traditional and modern hunting methods, in addition to the best hunting destinations in the world.
The last edition of ADIHEX hosted 127 speakers who participated in presenting their techniques, skills, visions, and professional experience through 134 specialized workshops that represented a source of knowledge, awareness, and a means for business success and development. The workshops were categorized into four educational platforms: sustainability, outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, and connect with nature.
More than 100 live performances of birds of prey, Salukis, and police dogs (K9) were also held, along with exciting heritage and sports shows that enhanced the exhibition's attractiveness, in addition to educational activities and innovative artistic, cultural, and scientific competitions which attracted hundreds of competitors.
The auctions of camels and falcons were among the noticeable features of the event and a valuable opportunity to get acquainted closely with some of the most important pillars of Emirati and Arab heritage and authentic traditions.