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Falconry

United Arab Emirates
By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

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.

Falconry

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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.

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A Bedouin tradition

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

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The falcon, a terrifying predator

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

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Feathered thrills

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

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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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