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ABU DHABI, January 11 (BelTA – Emirates News Agensy). – Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, the 15th edition of the Al Dhafrah Festival competitions will begin tomorrow, at Madinet Zayed, Al Dhafra area, Abu Dhabi.

Organized by the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee, the Al Dhafra Festival, which will take place from January 22, reflects the sustained efforts of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to strengthen the global position of the United Arab Emirates in heritage preservation.

Divisional Staff Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee, said: “The Al Dhafra Festival embodies the approach taken by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position as the premier destination for camel owners locally, regionally and internationally. »

“In line with the emirate’s vision of preserving the heritage of the UAE and quintessential Emirati customs and traditions, including the preservation of purebred camels, the Al Dhafra Festival has become synonymous with the great cultural achievements made “The festival exemplifies the tireless efforts to protect the nation’s centuries-old heritage, attract heritage enthusiasts, and carry the UAE’s message of peace and tolerance to the world.”

He underlined the directives of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the unlimited support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Patron of the Festival, and the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Representative of the Sovereign . in the Al Dhafra region, being the driving force in accelerating projects and initiatives aimed at promoting the national identity of the UAE and inculcating the authentic values ​​and traditions of the nation.

For his part, Issa Saif Al Mazrouei, Deputy Chairman of the Committee, highlighted the directives of the Festival’s sponsor, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to expand the Al Dhafra Festival by including camel shows in Suwayhan. , Razin and Madinet Zayd, in addition to the main camel beauty contest of the Al Dhafrah festival.

“Coinciding with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, festival activities now run from October 28, 2021 to January 22, 2022, as part of Abu Dhabi’s camel auction season. The festival features 313 camel races and this new edition of the event includes the launch of the Bairaq Al Emarat award for the Asayel and Majahim camel breeds.For the first time in mazayna competitions, the awards will be based on a new points system. 15th edition of the festival also hosts new Mazayna camel races in two categories; hybrid and Wadh,” he added.

He noted that the Festival also supports those interested in traditional Arabian Saluki races, Falcon Mazayna, Arabian Saluki Mazayna, Archery, Ghanam Al Naim Mazayna (sheep beauty contest).

Obaid Khalfan Al Mazrouei, director of the planning and projects department of the committee, explained that the Al Dhafra festival offers multi-faceted heritage activities and contests, mainly the camel beauty contest, which this year includes 82 rounds for Asayel, Majahim, hybrid Asayel and Wadh. This is in addition to the six-round Mahaleb contest and nine heritage contests that celebrate the legacy of our ancestors and founding fathers, including the traditional Arabian Saluki race, Falcon Mazayna, Arabian Saluki Mazayna, Ghanam Al Naim Mazayn and the shooting to the arch, as well as the Arab bazaars. of Saluki, mazyna dates, happiness sheep bazaar, shooting contest, sour milk contest, and other functions.

Al Mazroui urged participants and visitors to comply with all COVID-19 countermeasures put in place by relevant authorities.