Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Falconry and Lifestyle project planned in Abu Dhabi

A multi-million Dirham, desert village project, show-casing traditional Bedouin lifestyles and falconry is expected to come up in Abu Dhabi shortly. It is said to develop into a major tourist attraction and draw keen interest from future Emiratis generations.

The scheme is being innovated by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces. The project will be developed by Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD).

The plans were disclosed during the International Festival of Falconry at the Englefield estate in the British county of Berkshire.

"We are currently in the process of designing the concept, and we do not know precisely how big it will be, though, we know it will be. But it will depict the way people once live, and interacted with nature. It will be a place where we can take our children and show them our culture and the lifestyle of yester years," said Al Mansouri, who represented the UAE at the festival.

The development will be located at a site in the interior of Abu Dhabi, though the exact location is yet to be decided. It will comprise of residential areas, a museum, and hotels.

The development is expected to be complete in the next four years. Eight researchers from the EAD and the National Falconry Club, are planning for the educational and interactive center. It will also include certain zones that reflect scenes of Bedouin lifestyles, an old souk, and a desert oasis.

Al Mansouri added, "One of the major focuses will be education. We need this project for teaching children, as these are part of our culture, which might otherwise be missed out. This project is being created for education, conservation and cultural preservation."

Following the announcement of the project, other global attractions such as Guggenheim and Louvre art galleries are to be built in Abu Dhabi.

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