King Abdulaziz Festival Of Falconry

Participating Falcons – Important Notice

Since falconry is a living heritage in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom has agreed to international conventions on the protection of falcons from extinction and the protection of migratory birds. Today, there are more than 20,000 falconers in the Kingdom. To support the pioneering role of the Arab falconers and the Kingdom’s interest in this heritage, a royal decree was stipulated to establish the Saudi Falcons Club (SFC).

The aims of the SFC is to preserve the historical heritage and traditions associated with falconry culture. Moreover, the club seeks to promote awareness, training, research and action programs to protect falcons and falconry to remain a legacy in the Saudi Kingdom’s successive generations.

To achieve this, falconry festivals have been organized by the SFC, and have become the largest of its kind. These festivals come within the framework of the keenness of the wise leadership and their quest to preserve the cultural and civilizational heritage of the Kingdom and support it within its plans to achieve the vision of the Kingdom 2030 and strengthen the Kingdom’s leadership in supporting cultural and civilizational activities. Our organization is dedicated to the preservation of the cultural heritage of falconry.

Preserving falconry involves not only maintaining the traditional aspect of the heritage, but also the conservation of falcons through guidelines and preservation of natural habitats. Hence, the SFC does not allow wild falcons to take part in falconry festivals in the Kingdom to ensure protection of the falcons that are in the wild, as well as to steer people away from capturing them. Thus, falcons must be captive bred to qualify for participation in falconry festivals organized by the SFC.