By Celestine Okorie
The Higher Organizing Committee of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) has announced that the 18th edition of the exhibition, which was scheduled for September 29 – October 3, 2020, will be rescheduled to September 2021, under the theme of ‘Sustainability and Heritage… A Reborn Aspiration’.
The 18th edition of ADIHEX will be organised by the Emirates Falconers’ Club at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of Emirates Falconers’ Club.
The decision to postpone the exhibition for a year was taken in consideration due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, to ensure the health and safety of all participants and visitors.
Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee H.E. Majid Ali Al Mansouri of the exhibition has revealed major changes for exhibitors and visitors including enhancing the quality of its exhibits, products, and unique innovations from the world of hunting and equestrian; maintaining ADIHEX’s profile as the largest annual event of its kind in the Middle East and Africa.
The comprehensive expansion plan also includes improving the content of the event by providing innovative services, technologies, activities, and events with a renewed vision, strengthening the exhibition’s role in preserving the UAE’s heritage and promoting sustainable hunting. This is in addition to organizing more environmental, heritage, art, educational and awareness-raising activities.
ADIHEX continues in its effort to achieve its mission by developing long-term plans in line with the national strategy of celebrating UAE’s five decades of achievements in 2021 and preparing for the coming 50 years with an ambitious vision which looks towards the future. This combined with a commitment to excellence and competitiveness will align the exhibition with the governments directives to enter the new phase with determination and persistence.
As the number of exhibitors has multiplied more than 16 times over the past editions, ADIHEX 2019 hosted more than 650 companies and brands from 41 countries in an exhibition area of 45,000 square meters.
ADIHEX also enjoys great popularity around the world and is awaited by many – individuals and families- year after year, as a record of more than 1,500,000 people visited the exhibition over the past 17 editions.
ADIHEX is a non-profit event initiated in Abu Dhabi by the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who honoured the first edition in 2003 by visiting the event. Since its inauguration, ADIHEX has become a benchmark for B2B and B2C events and one of the key events organized within the UAE.
ADIHEX provides its participants and visitors with a comprehensive offering within its 11 sectors which are: veterinary products and services, hunting guns, media, outdoor leisure vehicles and equipment, hunting tourism and safari, arts and crafts, equestrian, falconry, fishing and marine sports, hunting and camping equipment and finally cultural heritage.