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7 January 2019 10:59 am

10th Marmi International Festival puts Qatari falconers into a test

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The first wave of competitions for the 10th Marmi International Festival has kIcked off recently at Sabkhat Marmi at the Sealine area and the initial face-off witnessed a strong competition between the pigeons owned by falconers Abdullah Ahmed Fakhro and Froukh al Shawahin.

Ali bin Khatim al-Mehshdi, chairman of the festival organising committee and chairman of Al Gannas Qatari Association, said that the competitions are divided into morning and afternoon sessions. "The morning competitions start at 7:30 :am and the afternoon session at 1:00 pm."

He stressed that it is necessary for the participants to be ready at the site of the event as early as possible to complete the necessary registration processes ahead of the scheduled competitions.

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Al-Mehshadi further added that both the participants and the public would have a great time due to the various activities lined up for this year's edition of the highly-anticipated cultural event.

"All arrangements are ready to ensure the comfort of the visitors. Huge screens and sophisticated cameras will allow the audience to have the best views of the competition," the official concluded.

Mohamed bin Said al-Kubasi, director of Marmi International Festival supplies, stressed that the committee has equipped the festival according to local and international standards in addition to the most beautiful falcon contests.

10th Marmi International Festival

Under the patronage of HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani, the Marmi Festival is one of the most important cultures of the Qatari people as it presents the rich Qatari heritage with its various items and shows how forefathers lived in the land.

Since the approval of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 2010 to register falconry in the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity, efforts have continued to develop activities to preserve this world heritage.

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It's considered as one of the best tourist attractions of the season and will go on until the 2nd of February.

To know the Top 5 Must-See Cultural Festivals in Qatar, click HERE.

Do you like the idea of heading outdoors to watch fierce falcons dominating the skies? Then why not drive to Sealine and check out what the Marmi Festival has in store for you? Drop us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!

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