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Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

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.
  • Interactive falconry experience and wildlife tour in Dubai
  • Learn about the ancient tradition of falconry in the UAE and try Falconry yourself with the help of your guide
  • Spot wildlife such as Arabian Orxy and Gazelle as you cruise through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a luxury Range Rover or 1950s Land Rover
  • Ride a camel through the desert for a quintessential Arabian experience
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a more personalized experience
After pickup from your central Dubai hotel, relax into your air-conditioned vehicle and travel into the surrounding desert. On route, hear about the importance of falconry to the UAE. The practice was first used by indigenous Bedouins to supplement their diets with meat — courtesy of hares and birds caught by trained falcons. Today, the falcon is held in such reverence that it’s the UAE’s national symbol.

After about an hour, arrive at a desert retreat owned by a member of the local royal family, and be treated to an exciting falconry display.

Learn about the ancient and modern techniques used to train the falcons, and then watch transfixed as the falcons fly to collect lures and return to their gloved handlers. Admire the birds’ natural agility and power, and have a go at swinging a lure and flying your own falcon from your hand.

Afterward, board your chosen transport — either an open-top vintage Land Rover or plush Range Rover — and take a drive around the Dubai Desert Conversation Reserve. The UAE’s first national park, this pristine desert sanctuary provides a haven for countless species of desert animals, birds and plants.

As you travel, use the supplied binoculars to watch for rare Arabian oryx, as well as desert monitors, gazelles and other species of desert fauna and flora.

Return to the desert retreat and refuel with a tasty local snack such as chebab (Arabic pancake) or ragag (fresh bread). Then, if you wish, finish your visit with a camel ride across the sands.

Your experience concludes with a transfer back to your hotel.

Please note: a portion of your ticket price is donated to local animal conservation, so you can feel extra good about participating in this Dubai experience.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Please see tour details
Duration: 300 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Wonderful
Veryan1966
, Dec 2019
The morning whole was excellent. We we’re collected from our Apartment, taken to the desert. We watched and took part in a falconry display, followed by a delicious breakfast. We enjoyed a trip in a 1950s Land Rover across the desert looking at beautiful dunes and taking in the silence ! Everything was amazing about this trip - don’t miss out !
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My Best Experience in Dubai
grahammolly
, Nov 2019
This was one of the most amazing tours I have ever been on. Muti, our driver and guide was very informative and his service was the best. Wayne, the person that did the Falcon show was awesome and his passion for these beautiful birds was very evident. His history and knowledge of the sport of Falconry was very comprehensive and he added some humor to make the experience great fun. The photographer Magz put together an exceptional group of photographs/video which will allow us to share with friends and family. This is a MUST DO when you are in Dubai!
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not to be missed
D5549EIjane
, Oct 2019
Fabulous! very knowledgeable tour guide and excellent falcon presentation. Take the Range Rover option for the air con and you get a truly private tour.
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Excellent
GoPlaces40818177239
, May 2019
Scheduling the Falconry on our first morning during a Dubai stop over was the best thin we did. It was totally awesome.
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Loved this tour!!!
Jaime O
, May 2019
This was my favourite trip from my holiday in Dubai. I'm an animal lover, so this was the perfect tour for me. The transport was good and the tour guide was excellent and very knowledgable. We both love animals, so talked the whole way there in the car, non-stop! The falconer, Rebecca, was outstanding. So knowledgable and excellent with the birds. She explained how and why everything was done in great detail. We got to have the birds fly to our hands, which was amazing. Absolutely loved this. We also enjoyed a delicious traditional breakfast prior to the rest of the tour. We then went in a 50s Land Rover around the reserve. We got to see Arabian Oryx and Gazelle, which were magnificent. The heat was a bit of an issue, but didn't deter at all. I would recommend this to anyone!
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The desert in flight
Traveler12363416181
, Apr 2019
This was an exciting and exquisite experience. Everyone is very knowledgeable and patient! There is nothing they won’t do to make your day a success. All who attend get to interact with the birds. Truly a memorable event! Do Not Miss!
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A wonderful wildlife encounter
Navigator33029509981
, Mar 2019
My parents, who are in their seventies, were visiting Dubai and I wanted them to experience the desert. I love wildlife and my father had expressed an interest in falconry. We weren’t disappointed. The guide, Tiago, was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and I appreciated his safe, careful driving. I’ve lived in the UAE for seven years, and I still learned a lot. The falconry experience was fascinating and the falconer, Rebecca, was clearly devoted to the birds. We interacted with a hawk, an owl and two types of falcon. The food was also impressive. Highly recommended.
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Falconry
Dreamer18503701387
, Jan 2019
This is a brilliant morning. Jason was excellent - knowledgeable, professional and courteous. The time spent with the falcons was amazing and a great experience to spend a short time in the desert
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Fantastic tour. The guides were...
Tom W
, Apr 2017
Fantastic tour. The guides were excellent. Not to be missed when in Dubai!
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Linda V
, Apr 2017
The company that organizes this tour is excellent well organized, personable, and professional with excellent communication. Being picked up at my hotel was a breeze and the drive to our destination was comfortable and pleasant. We stopped at the camel track, not knowing if this is always included, which was a delight and a treat. The falconry experience was awesome and the falconer, who respected and loved the birds, is very knowledgeable and extremely interesting. I selected this tour because of the hands on experience with the falcons a short camel riding experience, and the desert ride as another way to experience what Dubai offers beyond the city. Well worth the time and cost.

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