On October 1st, Saudi Arabia is set to launch the second edition of the International Falcon Hunters Auction. The event is currently run by the Saudi Falcon Club, in association with the Saudi government, and will be held until the 15th of November. It will coincide with the International Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition, which is set to take place from October 1 to October 10.
The first edition of the International Falcon Hunters Auction was reported to be quite a success. The event raised enough funds for falcon hunting and breeding programs across the Kingdom, and contributed to efforts aimed at diversifying the economy. In fact, one of the falcons sold for a whopping SAR650,000, or $173,000, making it the most expensive falcon trade worldwide. Such falcons are priced based on their rarity, and unique characteristics.
In fact, the Kingdom is also known to play host to the annual King Abdulaziz Falconry Festival, which is also organized by the Saudi Falcon Club, where participants from all over the Kingdom attend with their falcons. It even earned a Guinness World Records title in 2019, the largest event of its kind with over 2,350 falcons.