Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition to celebrate Saluki dogs

ABU DHABI, The management of the “Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX)” announced the launch of a new version of the Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest for this year, considered one of the most famous Saluki and dog events in the region.

The Saluki Dog (Arabian Greyhound) is an integral part of the Arabian hunting heritage, with the Arabs raising and caring for this breed for more than seven thousand years.

The contest is organised by the Arabian Saluki Centre – Abu Dhabi, which is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf and the Middle East. It aims to revive the sport of hunting with Saluki dogs, maintain their traditions, use them in falconry, and preserve the purebred breeds. The centre also provides the necessary information about raising, training, and breeding them, as well as providing healthcare, microchipping services, birth registration, passports and pedigree issuance, in addition to travel arrangements under the adopted laws.

The Emirates Falconers’ Club will organise the 19th edition of ADIHEX from 26th September to 2nd October, 2022. The ADIHEX Management said this is exclusively allocated to the Arabian Saluki, where the owners must ensure that the participating dog is medically fit, microchipped, and has the immunisation certificate. The exhibition is sponsored by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, International Fund for Houbara Conservation and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, where the event is being held.

Saluki dogs are characterised by extraordinary abilities of endurance, intelligence, and loyalty. They play an important role during falconry trips, due to their ability to find prey hit by the falcon or hidden among bushes, tall grass, or other hideouts. Thus, falcons and Saluki dogs cooperate to catch hidden prey.

ADIHEX has continuously organised the annual contest to select “the most beautiful hunting dog”, in which participation is limited to the “Arabian Saluki” category.

The sponsor of “Hunting Weapons” sector is Caracal International LLC, the visitor’s experience partner is POLARIS-Specialised Sports Equipment, and the supportive partner is the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The precise evaluation and judging criteria include the breed characteristics of the participating Saluki dog, the behaviour (such as walking and running), the overall appearance (such as head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, teeth and jaw), structure and shape (size, neck, shoulders, chest, back and tail), appearance (skin, colour, movement, and legs), in addition to hunting and chasing skills, general impression and psychological features.

The contest includes four categories: a round for “Al Hoss (smooth) males”, a round for “Aryash (feathery) males”, a round for “Al Hoss (smooth) females”, and a round for “Aryash (feathery) females”.

There are two main types of Saluki dogs: the long-haired Aryash (Al Hadba) and the short-haired Al Hoss (Al Amlas). The native habitat of the Arabian Saluki dog is the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Jordan. It has many breeds or types, the most important of which are in the region and at the Arabian Saluki Centre in Abu Dhabi (Shadeed, Dhiban, Tarrah, Gannas) of the Hoss (smooth) family, and (Lehaq, Dhabyan, Khattaf) of Aryash (feathery) family.

The Arabian Greyhound is used along with falcons in hunting sports and used as a guard dog. It has a lifespan of 16 to 18 years, and can run at speeds of up to 75 km per hour. Saluki is loyal in nature, guards his owner and his home, and only hunts in his company.

Source: Emirates News Agency