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AlUla Solidifies its Heritage Destination Image with AlUla Falcon Cup

  • December 28, 2023
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AlUla Solidifies its Heritage Destination Image with AlUla Falcon Cup

Falconers will compete for record total prize pot of US$ $16 million

As part of its goal to conserve and celebrate traditional heritage sports that have deep roots in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the region, and further afield, the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) will host the first-ever AlUla Falcon Cup.

The event, taking place at AlUla’s Mughayra Heritage Sports Village from December 28th to January 5th, will promote the rich history, carefully practiced skills, and important traditions of falconry to a global audience of visiting falconers and tourists, as well as members of the AlUla community.

The inaugural AlUla Falcon Cup has already set records within the sport by offering an unprecedented total prize pot of US$16 million, which will be awarded to the winners of various categories and contests, including racing, hunting, and beauty competitions.

Ziad Al Suhaibani, RCU Chief of sport said: “Our community in AlUla, as well as people from across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, share a deep passion for traditional sports such as falconry, horseback riding, camel racing and more. Enjoyed nowadays for the spectacle, thrills, and skills on display, heritage sports were once vital to life around the region. By celebrating their enduring appeal, RCU is strengthening AlUla’s status as the premier destination to promote the culture, customs, and legacy of our ancestors.

“The inaugural AlUla Falcon Cup will be nine days of spectacular action showcasing the unique bond that can exist between birds and human, with some of the most talented falconers and beautiful falcons on show.”

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