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The Royal Shaheen Falconry Team was wonderful! We interacted with 5 different birds and learned alot about how the birds are trained. The whole environment of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a Beautiful Sunrise, and the Breakfast at the Al Maha Resort Hotel was top notch! The additional stop at the Falcon Museum was very educational as well. This is a "must do" if you visit Dubai!!
This was the most amazing experience. When they say small-group it was just our group of four which made it a very special experience. Our falconer, Werner, was extermely informative. He picked us by from our accommodation and provided us with information about Dubai and the falcons all the way out to the Conservation Reserve. We had a brief stop before continuing to where falcons, barn owl and hawk were. It was a very pleasant expereince to be able to drink coffee and eat dates in such a wonderful environment. We learnt so much about the various birds and it was a real priviledge to be able to actually experience these birds up close. Having them land on the glove was unbelievable. It was really nice to see that the falconers and handlers are so passionate about these birds, they ensure the birds are enjoying what they are doing and that they are not being exploited or exposed.
After we finished the falconry experience, Werner drove us around the reserve and pointed out the various animals and provided us with information about each of the various species. After another short stop we made our may back to our hotel. Once again Werner provided wonderful commentary and whilst it was a very early start it was well worth the lack of sleep. The time went so quickly but it was much an unbelievable experience.
If you have the opportunity to this experience do it!
Royal Shaheen are to be commended for this experience, it was so very well organised and it was a pleasure to meet Werner and to gain an understanding of the work he is doing in Dubai. We would recommend this tour to everyone, and if we get the opportunity to go back to Dubai we would do this tour again.
Thanks Royal Shaheen and Werner for making this such a wonderful experience for our group. Special thanks to Dory, Tesla, Seeker, Sally and Dave - keep flying, you have all made a lasting impression and given us an acceptional experience which will stay with us for life. You deserve 10 stars!
This is a FANTASTIC experience that MUST NOT be missed and is highly recommended. Werner and Rahim are experts in falconry who willingly shared their wisdom and enhanced our experience of flying 5 species of birds of pray. This was followed by a delicious breakfast in a luxury resort and a game drive through the desert. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
Absolutely amazing!!! Seeing all the different birds and learning the history and background of the birds was so neat. It started with an early pick-up at the hotel, because the heat can be too much for the birds. We went out to the sanctuary and on the way were able to see the hot air balloons going up. When we made it to the sanctuary, we were able to watch the sun fully rise over the dunes. So pretty!! After that, we went to the small camp and enjoyed dates and coffee while everything was set up. Then we got to meet each of the birds and see them fly and have them take food from us. My favourite was the owl but they were all gorgeous. After a nice length of time with the birds, we then went to a souk that specializes in everything falconry, including birds. That was so neat to see. Then it was back to the hotel. Overall an amazing experience!!!
DO NOT MISS THIS. We have been in the Galapagos swimming with penguins and 10 feet from cheetahs in South Africa and this rivals that experience. To see these birds fly, hunt and land on your arm is beyond magical. There was a beautiful eagle in the car when we were picked up at 5 AM and then we met an owl, 2 falcons and a Harris hawk at sunrise where we watched the mist lift from the desert floor. So well done and so interesting. And the luxurious breakfast at the exclusive resort was the perfect ending. Thank you Brian, Khan and Royal Shaheen.
This experience was truly a privilege. Hendry, our guide was polite, accommodating, extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. I am not a bird person but after this experience I was in awe of these Birds of prey.
Breakfast is sensational and an option that must be added. From start to finish this experience is first class.
There has been a lot of effort and time put into making this day enjoyable and informative. I am not going into detail about the day because I think people need to experience this for themselves.
On Behalf of myself and my wife we would love to thank Royal Shaheen for making our Dubai trip an enjoyable and a huge success.
This is a must do!!
There should be a sixth star for this experience! From the moment we were picked up at our hotel at 5am in a 4x4 with an eagle in the back, to the moment we were returned, we were treated to the most informative, enjoyable, and inspirational experience.
This wasn't just a birds of prey experience, our guide was charming, informative, patient with our questions, took the time to ensure we saw the desert and surroundings through his eyes.
Once we got to the 'event site' we were greeted by more birds of prey and the traditional half-filled cup of qahweh with sweet dates and then followed a most excellent bird of prey experience. We were privilidged to be able to have two owls fly between us and land on our gloved arms, demonstrations of traditional and modern training methods of falcons and ending up with being allowed to have an eagle - the chap that had travelled with us in the car - fly from a perch to our arms - awesome.
Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort was very welcome, beautifully presented and served overlooking the desert and then all too soon we were courteously driven back to our hotel.
This company specialise in small groups so that all are able to participate fully. Absolutely the best.