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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.


  • 5-hour small-group falconry experience from Dubai
  • Travel to the national park of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  • Learn how to fly a falcon from your hand with use of a falconry glove
  • Watch falconry displays, and see traditional and modern training in action
  • Take a wildlife-spotting drive to look for oryx and other animals
  • Upgrade to enjoy breakfast at the luxury Al Maha Desert Resort
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 for a personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This small-group experience gives you the best of both worlds: a budget-friendly price and more opportunity to handle and see the birds of prey up-close.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Dubai Interactive Falconry Experience and Wildlife Drive with Optional Breakfast

Learn about the Arabian wildlife on this small-group Falconry experience

After pickup from your Dubai hotel, travel by air-conditioned 4x4 into the desert to start your 5-hour small-group experience.

Along the way, learn about the importance of falconry in Emirati heritage. Hear how Bedouin peoples first used the birds to hunt for desert prey to add meat to their diet.

After around 40 minutes, arrive at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, an area of protected desert founded to help preserve the region’s ecosystem. Then, enjoy a wildlife-watching drive around the dunes. Watch for rare Arabian oryx, as well as species such as hares, and hear about the work being done to conserve this natural wilderness.

Afterward, enjoy an interactive, group falconry experience. Get up-close to several birds, such as falcons or kestrels, from a prized family collection; and join in a falconry training session. Don a falconry glove and fly a bird from your hand to collect a lure and then return.

See different training techniques in action, watch the birds soar and swoop for bait, and learn about their hunting instincts. Following your 1.5- to 2-hour session, return to Dubai where your experience finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Falconry Experience with Breakfast:
Upgrade to include breakfast before your return to Dubai. With the falconry over, drive to the ultra-stylish Al Maha Desert Resort nestled in the sands. Choose to sit inside or outdoors at the elegant Al Diwaan restaurant overlooking the dunes and plains, and savor a sumptuous international buffet of dishes such as omelets, mezze, pancakes and more, with included tea, coffee and fresh juice. Cocktails and additional drinks are at your own expense. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.


Customer Reviews

Laura B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

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.

Loretta S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My sister and I were the only tour guests! We enjoyed handling the birds and it was very educational! Our guide from South Africa was very knowledgeable and patient! We also had breakfast at the resort! Stunning views and a great morning!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

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!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A Perfect day out in Dubai. Great service from Henry and a fabulous and memorable day with the amazing birds! The knowledge and expertise from the Royal Shaheen team was terrific.
Absolutely a 'must do' while visiting Dubai!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

Oenone A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour and information

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