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    Falconry - United Arab Emirates

    © Bruno Perousse A falcon trainer, the United Arab Emirates

    A falcon trainer, the United Arab Emirates

    Training falcons is work that requires patience and a lot of time

    Discover Falconry

    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.

    Stephen Mcsweeny / age fotostock The falcon, emblematic of the United Arab Emi

    The falcon, emblematic of the United Arab Emi

    The falcon benefits from a special status in the Emirates, featuring on both the Federation's coat of arms and its banknotes.

    Stockbroker xtra / age fotostock A Bedouin tradition

    A Bedouin tradition

    Originally, it was one of the principal methods developed by the Bedouins of hunting for fresh meat in a hostile environment.

    Stockbroker xtra / age fotostock The falcon, a terrifying predator

    The falcon, a terrifying predator

    It mainly preys on birds (the Houbara Bustard and the Stone Curlew) and hares.

    Emy Kat/Graph East Computers Royalty Free Feathered thrills

    Feathered thrills

    During hunting season from October to March, tourists are invited to come and discover these creatures and attend demonstrations.

    Dougal Paterson / age fotostock A precious tradition

    A precious tradition

    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.

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