Traditional sports in the UAE link the past and
present, connecting generations and constructing a future that is rooted in the
past. Due to this fact, our wise leadership pays great attention to this
heritage activity for its role in consolidating the values of the Emirati
society based on love, coexistence, and tolerance.
Despite the advancements made by our nation in
every sector, we are proud to continue our traditional sports. We have reached space
and accomplished impressive milestones in education, knowledge, culture,
medicine, economy, tourism, construction, communication, technology, and sports,
among others. But we haven't lost touch with our roots or forgotten our legacy
as a result of this amazing progress. For example, we have the two best airlines
in the world - Emirates and Etihad - but we are still interested in the
traditional camel race, which was established and cared for by the late Sheikh
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Today, we have astronauts, and our Hope Probe is in
orbit around Mars, but we haven't forgotten our history or who we are. Instead,
we are fighting to deepen it in our conscience and strengthen its pillars in
Traditional sports are not just for entertainment,
as they share a spiritual connection with the past, values, and principles and
maintain the authenticity of the UAE in the present age of technology, connecting
us with the desert, and promoting our national identity.
Inspired by the directions of our wise
leadership, the General Authority of Sports pays keen attention to the traditional
sports. We look forward to enhancing its social impact since we believe that
every triumph in the world of traditional sports has a good impact on our
society and the generations that follow.
The traditional sports sector in the UAE is vital
and encouraging. For example, since its inception in 2021, the Emirates Falcons
Federation has consolidated its presence in the community by constantly
striving to showcase the nobility of falconry and working to build a generation
of falconers capable of strengthening the UAE's leadership globally.
The UAE has the most well-known professional
falconers, and has played an active role in registering falconry as a cultural
heritage in UNESCO. In addition, falconry has been classified as one of the
most important sports that preserve the environment. Annually, the UAE
organizes various falconry tournaments using advanced techniques to calculate results.
The General Authority for Sports and the
Emirates Falcons Federation seek to continue to enhance the status of this
sport and other traditional sports to serve the community. To achieve these
goals, we are working on expanding the scope of partnerships with government
entities and private sector institutions.
In summary, traditional sports embodies our
identity, values, and roots. They are a shield that protects our new
generations from foreign cultures. Therefore, we encourage all members of
society to cherish our heritage as our identity is our permanent address.