Hamdan bin Zayed visits Al Marzoom reserve, stresses importance of preserving identity, heritage

WESTERN REGION, 30th January, 2017 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, has praised the directives of the leadership to preserve the ancestral heritage and authentic traditions of both the Arab and Gulf regions.

He praised the efforts of Al Marzoom Hunting Reserve to preserve the cultural and sporting identity of the people of the region. Sheikh Hamdan also highlighted the sanctuary’s role in maintaining environmental sustainability and saving local wildlife for future generations, as well as educating visitors about the ancestral heritage.

The remarks were made during a visit to Al Marzoom Reserve in the Western Region.

Sheikh Hamdan was accompanied during this visit by Sheikh Dhiyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Nahyan bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; Major General Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Committee for Festivals and Cultural and Heritage Programmes (CFCHP); Mohamed Hamad bin Azan Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of of Court of the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region; Sultan bin Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Director of the Office of Ruler’s Representative in Western Region; Eisa Hamad Bu Shehab, Emirates Red Crescent Adviser, and Ateeq Khamees Al Mazrouei, Acting Director of the Western Region Municipality.

Al Marzoom Reserve aims to make Abu Dhabi the main international destination for traditional falcon hunting. It also aims to provide a unique traditional hunting experience, while working to preserve native species and improve education on training wild birds to educate visitors about the UAE’s heritage, Al Mazrouei said.

During the second hunting season from 2016 to 2017, the reserve has organised 500 hunting trips since November. It received more than 700 visitors from around the UAE and GCC countries. It also released more than 1800 Houbara birds during the hunting season.