Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited on Thursday the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex 2012), which runs from Sept. 5-8, 2012, at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (Adnec).
Flanked by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Mohammed toured different pavilions and stands, where 630 exhibitors representing 40 countries are participating. The exhibition featured modern and classic samples of hunting and personal weapons manufactured by local and international companies; in addition to hunting, falconry and equestrian supplies and gears.
Sheikh Mohammed toured "Tawazun" stand, a UAE-national company, showcasing samples of rifles, pistols and ammunitions, and the technologies used in manufacturing these weapons. Sheikh Mohammed also toured other stands related to the falconry' breeding training and tracking equipment, as well as the stand of Al Ghadeer Project, a UAE Red Crescent micro-financing initiative that seeks to empower Emirati women using the age-old practice of indigenous arts.
VP also visited the national, Arabian and international stands specialised equine equipment. Sheikh Mohammed examined the "Falcon Centre", the national company specialised in importing, breeding and selling world class falcons. He also stopped at The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) stand, Emirates Falconers' Club stand, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayan World Arabian Horse Racing Conference France 2013 stand, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup stand, Ajman Stud stand, and Abu Dhabi Environment Agency stand.
Commenting on the visit, Sheikh Mohammed said that "organising such an event reflects the UAE's interest in the Arabian heritage and keenness to preserve it for our next generation", stressing that the UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries' participation at Adihex 2012, epitomises unity of history and traditions.