Passion for pigeons persists in Arab world

Atop his humble wooden dovecote overlooking the majestic Giza pyramids, Abdel-Rahman Gamal released 20 homing pigeons sending them soaring up into the Cairo sky reddened by the setting sun. “It’s a lovely hobby that keeps you busy while you’re at home and keeps you on the straight and narrow,” said Gamal, 30, who has been raising pigeons since he was six. He told AFP he inherited his deep love for pigeons from his grandfather and uncle. Along with his younger brother Omar, 28, they keep about 40 pigeons on the roof of their family building in Nazlet al-Samman, in western Cairo. Ahmed Khalifa, …

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