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Falconry Experiences in Dubai

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Falconry Experiences in Dubai
The sport of falconry, where graceful birds of prey swoop through the sky to catch small game, is woven into the cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates—it's been a part of desert life in the region for hundreds of years. While you might not expect such a sport in ultramodern Dubai, the city is, in fact, an epicenter of falconry and a wonderful place to witness the skill of falconers and their trained birds. Here are a few ways to do so.

Falconry Displays
Viewing falconry in action is an impressive and thrilling experience, one that's often included in day tours into the Arabian desert outside of Dubai. These tours are great for those pressed on time, as they typically include a camel ride and dinner in a Bedouin-style camp, allowing travelers to fit many of Dubai's iconic desert experiences, including falconry, into a single day.

Interactive Experiences
The only thing better than watching a falconer in action is becoming a falconer yourself. Pull on a glove for a hands-on lesson in both modern and ancient techniques of falconry from a top-notch falcon trainer. You'll quickly have birds launching from your fist to collect food and return to your waiting hand. These experiences often take place at the Dubai Desert Conversation Reserve, where travelers can begin or end a visit with some wildlife-spotting for gazelle, Arabian oryx or hares.

Falcon Hospital Visits
Tour the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the region's first and only facility dedicated to falcons, to gain a deeper understanding of the close relationship between the Bedouin culture and the desert's birds of prey. The onsite treatment center rehabilitates injured birds and caregivers are happy to provide insight into common ailments and treatments, while a small museum showcases traditional falconry equipment and information on the various falcon species.
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Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from DubaiDay Trips

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Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai

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Enjoy a camel ride in Dubai and an Emirati dinner at a Bedouin-style camp on this desert adventure. Leave Dubai by air-conditioned minivan and head into the desert to meet a camel train. Then, take a camel ride to a royal desert retreat in the rolling dunes. As the sun sets, enjoy a falconry display, watch an Arabic bread-making demonstration, and get a henna tattoo. Finish with a 4-course dinner under the stars accompanied by Arabian dancing and music.
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Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from DubaiDay Trips

Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

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Experience the majesty of the UAE’s falcons and desert on this 5-hour tour from Dubai. Visit a desert retreat for a spectacular falconry display and try flying a falcon yourself as you learn about this ancient Bedouin practice. Afterward, take a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover, or upgrade to a plush Range Rover. Look for rare Arabian oryx, gazelle and other species on route, and finish with snacks and a camel ride. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
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Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry SafariDay Trips

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Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari

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Fly a falcon and enjoy a desert wildlife drive on this 5-hour experience from Dubai. Board a 4x4 and roam the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to watch for animals such as the rare Arabian oryx, hares and more. Then, enjoy a thrilling, interactive group falconry experience. Learn to fly a falcon from your glove, and see some prized birds and training techniques in action. Upgrade to include breakfast at the stylish Al Maha Desert Resort to make the morning extra special. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized atmosphere.
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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital: 2-Hour TourFamily Friendly Tours & Activities

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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital: 2-Hour Tour

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See falcons close up and learn about these beautiful birds’ importance in Bedouin culture on a 2-hour guided tour of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Dedicated to caring for falcons, the hospital treats thousands of birds yearly and incorporates a museum and demonstration center. Tour the treatment rooms where sick and injured falcons are nursed, view the falconry artifacts in the museum and see the birds in flight at the aviary. If you wish, finish with a souvenir photo of a falcon perched on your arm — the perfect keepsake.
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Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry SafariNature & Wildlife

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Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry Safari

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Try your hand at falconry on a private tour within the Dubai desert. Set out in the early morning to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, located amid the emirates' vast sand dunes. Learn about the region and its wildlife, then enjoy a hands-on falconry experience with guidance from a professional trainer. Feed a bird of prey and marvel as it returns to your gloved hand, and discover a variety of training techniques ranging from age-old tactics to remote-controlled drones. Upgrade with an optional post-falconry breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort.
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Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Falcon Hospital With Ferrari World Tour From DubaiDay Trips

Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Falcon Hospital With Ferrari World Tour From Dubai

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Visit three of Abu Dhabi’s top drawcards — Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Falcon Hospital and Ferrari World — on a full-day trip from Dubai. Travel south to the UAE’S futuristic capital, and take a guided tour of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the world’s largest. Behold the lavish interiors, take a panoramic city tour, and then visit the Falcon Hospital to see how its treats these birds of prey and watch a stunning falconry display. Lastly, enjoy time at Ferrari World, the thrilling Ferrari-brand indoor theme park, before returning to Dubai.
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Private Falconry Experience and Wildlife Desert Safari in Range Rovers DubaiNature & Wildlife

Private Falconry Experience and Wildlife Desert Safari in Range Rovers Dubai

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Discover Dubai’s ancient hunting traditions on this private 5-hour falconry experience and wildlife tour. Visit a beautiful retreat nestled among the desert dunes with your private guide. Enjoy the chance to interact with elegant falcons, and learn of their life-cycles, diet and natural habitat. Then, watch a traditional falconry display and admire the birds’ power and prowess in the air. Afterward, visit the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and search the sands for sightings of native oryx and gazelles.
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