sports and activities falconry Royal Shaheen
Royal Shaheen
Updated on 01 February 2016

Man has always regarded the falcon as a symbol of force and courage, and these fast-flying predators have been used as trusted hunting companions for over 4000 years.

The falcon is also the national bird of the UAE, a status which recognizes the importance of falconry in Emirati tradition and culture. The two main species found in the UAE are the Saqr (Saker) and Peregrine. Both were traditionally trapped during the autumn migration; used for hunting during the season and then released back into the wild. Due to this cycle of trap and release, Emiratis had to develop effective training methods so they could put the birds to work as soon as possible. As a result, Emiratis are now regarded as some of the best falconers in the world.

Although hunting with falcons was an important part of life in the UAE, it is now illegal, and today falconry is mainly enjoyed as a traditional sport.

If you would like to experience this amazing sport first hand, Royal Shaheen offers exclusive packages that allow you to personally handle and fly some of these magnificent birds. During your introduction to this ancient and mystical art, you will be shown traditional and modern training techniques, learn in-depth facts about the falcon’s behaviour and biological make up, and gain a better understanding of the importance of falconry in Arabia.

Located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, with Oryx and Gazelles roaming freely, the small group sizes (max 8 people) ensure a feeling of exclusivity, and give everyone a chance to stroke the velvety soft feathers of an owl, have a hawk gently alight on your gloved fist and marvel at the breathtaking speed and agility of a falcon as it swoops down at well over 100 km/h. If you are looking for a desert experience guaranteed to create unforgettable memories, call +971 (04) 4356550 or visit www.royalshaheen.ae.


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