Training falcons is work that requires patience and a lot of time
Made a national sport by the king himself, falconry is a passion for the rich Emirati. A specialised clinic has been built, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Research Hospital, which treats up to 4,000 birds of prey a year.
The falcon benefits from a special status in the Emirates, featuring on both the Federation's coat of arms and its banknotes.
Originally, it was one of the principal methods developed by the Bedouins of hunting for fresh meat in a hostile environment.
It mainly preys on birds (the Houbara Bustard and the Stone Curlew) and hares.
During hunting season from October to March, tourists are invited to come and discover these creatures and attend demonstrations.
Falconry is very popular these days and has been receiving increasing attention. These birds of prey have their own ultra-modern private clinic in Abu Dhabi.