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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai

See the nation bird of the UAE in action

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.

Customer Reviews

Alexandra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Amazing Excursion into the Desert early in the morning, great Falconry Experience.
The visit to the protected wildlife area was a little bit disapointing, - not much to see....
Very good egiptian Guide and Driver.
Very recomendable Tour

Catherine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent. Exotic. Breathtaking. Informative. Go!

Bruce S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Spot on, in all respects.
The experience, the punctuality, the timeframe, the hospitality, the hands on.
Our guide was Kiery. Perfect.
All very good.

Liz.Stevenson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Loved it. I am very much into nature and wildlife so this was the perfect tour for me. The lady with the falcons was amazing. Highly recommended.

Rachel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was amazing! Our guide, Khairy was informed and engaging we would definitely travel with him again. We took the tour with the Range Rover for my 88 year old mother, and it was very comfortable. The camel ride was fun, but the powerful hunting birds landing on our arms in the silence of the desert was unforgattable. This experience was the highlight of our time in Dubai - take this tour!!

KAREN H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent morning, we got picked up at 6.45 which was a bit early but meant that we were back at our hotel for 1pm to enjoy the afternoon doing something else. The actual falconry display was very good and interactive and we also got a camel ride which we weren't expecting so was an added bonus. We had been advised not to do the evening desert trip because although the sunset was worth it the rest of the trip was disappointing so I am glad we did this trip instead, I would definitely recommend it.

Ghina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

You cannot miss this tour, such a pleasant and delightful experience. Made me really appreciate the desert and its changing colors. Didn't know there were sandfish Scincus scincus that pop out at the edges of dunes. Dune bashing kills them, so I've ruled out dune bashing.

The falcon trainer clearly loves her birds and is very sweet. The birds themselves falcons, owls, kestrels are beautiful and graceful, one kestrel delightfully did number one and two on me when it landed on my head, thank goodness I had a scarf on, however my shirt has been sacrificed to the Kestrel god.

It's really a great desert experience and looking back I think I would recommend doing the overnight tour so that you can look at the stars in a clear dark sky.

phatquach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was pretty nice to be pick up by G Mercedes wagon. My driver/ tour guide Baba was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The tour was interesting and enjoyable.

pascal l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great, great guide, great view, great experience.

Teagan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My guests tell me they had a brilliant time on this experience! I will definitely recommend it for anyone interested.

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