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.© Stockbroker xtra / age fotostock
Originally, it was one of the principal methods developed by the Bedouins of hunting for fresh meat in a hostile environment.© Akhilesh Sharma / 123RF
It mainly preys on birds (the Houbara Bustard and the Stone Curlew) and hares.© Stephen Mcsweeny / age fotostock
During hunting season from October to March, tourists are invited to come and discover these creatures and attend demonstrations.© Emy Kat/Graph East Computers Royalty Free
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.© Dougal Paterson / age fotostock