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Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry Safari provided by Royal Shaheen Events

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Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry Safari

Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry Safari
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Tour snapshot
Learn Dubai’s desert and Bedouin ways on a private falconry and wildlife tour
Duration:
5h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
4
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Enjoy two of Dubai’s natural desert attractions—wildlife and falconry—without the bustle of a group tour or the hassle of arranging logistics yourself with this private experience. After a wildlife safari drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, enjoy a private falconry session: flying birds from your hand, watching demos, and gaining personal instruction from your own falconer. Upgrade to add breakfast at the upscale Al Maha Desert Resort.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Arabic, English
Highlights
  • Fly birds from your hand and enjoy falconry instruction focused on you
  • Private wildlife drive through the dunes of Dubai Desert ConservationReserve
  • Includes 4WD transfers, plus upgrade to deluxe breakfast at Al Maha Desert resort
What to expect
Depart early from your Dubai hotel and journey to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by a private climate-controlled 4WD vehicle. En route, hear about the Emirati passion for falconry: a Bedouin technique where birds were used to hunt desert animals for meat. On arrival, take a wildlife safari through the dunes, watching for oryx, gazelle, lizards, and more, and learning about indigenous plants. Next, enjoy a private falconry experience. Meet falcons, kestrels, and other birds from a family collection and take an active part in a training session. Wear a glove to let them fly and return to your hand after collecting bait, and watch demos of training methods, such as the use of drones. Finally, return to Dubai. Alternatively, if you’ve upgraded, continue to the stunning Al Maha Desert Resort for breakfast (see Itinerary) overlooking the dunes. Whichever option you’ve chosen, your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Arabic, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Fly birds from your hand and enjoy falconry instruction focused on you
  • Private wildlife drive through the dunes of Dubai Desert ConservationReserve
  • Includes 4WD transfers, plus upgrade to deluxe breakfast at Al Maha Desert resort
What to expect
Depart early from your Dubai hotel and journey to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by a private climate-controlled 4WD vehicle. En route, hear about the Emirati passion for falconry: a Bedouin technique where birds were used to hunt desert animals for meat. On arrival, take a wildlife safari through the dunes, watching for oryx, gazelle, lizards, and more, and learning about indigenous plants. Next, enjoy a private falconry experience. Meet falcons, kestrels, and other birds from a family collection and take an active part in a training session. Wear a glove to let them fly and return to your hand after collecting bait, and watch demos of training methods, such as the use of drones. Finally, return to Dubai. Alternatively, if you’ve upgraded, continue to the stunning Al Maha Desert Resort for breakfast (see Itinerary) overlooking the dunes. Whichever option you’ve chosen, your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private driver-guide
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned 4x4
  • Interactive falconry session
  • Use of falconry glove and other equipment
  • Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort (if option selected)
  • Value Added Tax of 5% is already included on the prices
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Gratuities
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Vehicle information: 4X4 Jeep Wranger, Maximum occupancy of 4 persons per vehicle Pick up timing is varying depending on the booking date and pick up locations.
  • Ports:
  • Port rashid marina, 776G+29V - Port Rashid - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Pickup and drop-off time may vary throughout the year depending on weather conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private driver-guide
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned 4x4
  • Interactive falconry session
  • Use of falconry glove and other equipment
  • Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort (if option selected)
  • Value Added Tax of 5% is already included on the prices
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Vehicle information: 4X4 Jeep Wranger, Maximum occupancy of 4 persons per vehicle Pick up timing is varying depending on the booking date and pick up locations.
  • Ports:
  • Port rashid marina, 776G+29V - Port Rashid - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Pickup and drop-off time may vary throughout the year depending on weather conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
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Last updated: Jun 17, 2020
A note from Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry Safari
*Disposable medical gloves provided for travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
    Stop: 2 minutes - Admission included
    10-15 minutes Wildlife drive through the pristine Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with a chance to view indigenous Arabian Oryx, Sand Gazelle and Houbara Bustard to name but a few.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Rodrigo A
Province of Barcelona, Spain21 contributions
Solo
It all starts with very good attention from Shara as she handled the reservation, my questions and explained what to expect. She was very kind and accommodating.

Then, early morning on the next day I was greeted by Sarab, who drove me to the reserve and inside it is where the wonders start: from watching the sunrise in the desert, to learning so many different things about the birds of prey and getting to fly yourself a Hawk, a Falcon, two Owls and and Eagle to/from your own hand is nothing but amazing.

They focus on you all the time, take amazing pics and videos, explain about the animals and their habits and make sure you enjoy while feeling safe (the eagle is quite big!). Among all animals you start to also realize how different they are in personalities - I fell particularly in love for the little barn owl that happened to land in my head instead of my hand!

I know one sometimes thinks twice about taking a private trip afraid to get disappointed because it tends to be pricey - in this case, the experience is breathtaking and worth it so go for it!

Thank you Sarab, Shara and team!
Written December 6, 2021
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ABG
1 contribution
Family
This trip was truly amazing. Our family was picked up from our hotel for the private afternoon falcon safari. Our guide Sarab was the most friendly, knowledgable, pleasant and helpful person. You could see he has a very close bond with the birds, who were treated very carefully and utmost respectfully. Upon arrival in the desert we were welcomed by his nice colleague with coffee and dates and we felt very comfortable. Also our toddler was welcome and integrated so that he also could be close to the birds, crawl in the desert sand and look at the show. The desert conservation reserve is absolutely beautiful and the sunset while we watched Oryx in the sand was stunning. Also booking and communication with Royal Shaheen was great. Thank you, Shara, for the quick and comprehensive communication. We can fully recommend this trip.
Written February 15, 2022
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Hi Asjdudnen, We are so glad that you took the time to share your wonderful experience with us. Our team works hard in order to provide a memorable experience for all the guests. Thank you for the recommendation and we can’t wait to have you back with us again.
Written February 21, 2022
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Josephine E
New York City, NY35 contributions
Thank you for an Incredible experience with Peter, Michael, and the falcons! I learned so much about the art and science of falconry, and Peter and Michael went out of their way to make sure that both the birds and I were safe and comfortable the whole time. This was a thoroughly engaging, dynamic, and meaningful experience - not some tourist bird show. Made my entire Dubai stopover worth it.
Written July 18, 2021
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Jennifer D
Las Vegas, NV205 contributions
We had an amazing experience. The tour itself was so personable, and we ourselves had decided to stay at another tour longer that day and I had reached out last min and asked if we could change our pickup location. Which they did. They picked us up at the new arrival spot on time and drove us to the desert. From the time of pick up to the end of the tour everything was so personable.
We learned so much about falconry and truly had a magical day. Thank you guys for an amazing time.
Written April 27, 2022
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Ram_B
Mississauga, Canada8 contributions
This Private tour was excellent. If you want to get up close and personal with the birds then this is for you. Our tour guides Caesar and Rahim are extremely knowledgeable and have a great attitude for managing a private experience. After our interactive an informative session in the desert our tour included the breakfast at the Marriot with our reservation. This is wonderful as our tour time was chilly in the desert in the morning so a cup of coffee at the resort was welcoming.
Shutout to Caesar and Rahim
Written February 16, 2020
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So cool. Shout outs are always welcomed. Rgds, Pete
Written June 3, 2021
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Graça N
8 contributions
This company stands proudly head and shoulders above the very best in the UAE. At Royal Shaheen they are committed to limiting the negative environmental impact which desert tours have on the animals and plants, in this fragile landscape. The guides are the complete opposite of the desert cowboys of cheaper companies, they are highly intelligent and experienced eco-warriors with a passion for the the birds of prey they work with. The trip was an excellent learning opportunity. The company is on the cutting-edge of falconry training, using the latest technology to train birds safely and effectively with their own remote controlled Berghwing. What a memorable day.
Written January 20, 2020
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Dear Graca, Your words are way too king. Thank you so much. Means the world to our tiny business. Much love, Pete
Written June 3, 2021
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wiedyvi
Wettswil, Switzerland6 contributions
Friends
If you are not looking for the usual desert safaris, this is the place for you. exceptional experience with different birds of prey. the guide explained everything and answered all questions. ride through the beautiful national park. everything perfect and getting up early is worth it!
Written January 18, 2020
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Much love and many thanks. Rgds, Pete
Written June 3, 2021
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Bojan V
Abyei, Sudan143 contributions
The private tour is a bit pricey, however it's worth the money spent. We got two vehicles as we were 5 in total. The kids were definitely thrilled with the experience, so as us adults. I would definitely reccomend this activity. The guides showed the highest level of professionalism and knowledge. Thanks a lot.
Written December 24, 2019
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Dear Bojanv437, Im really sorry you find our signature experience a bit pricey. It's a really competitive commercial industry we up against. Keeping the price on the higher side if the spectrum allows us to keep our experiences exclusive and private. All that said, I'm very grateful for all your kind words. From all of us at Team Royal Shaheen we would like to with you and your family a happy 2020. Rgds, Pete
Written January 19, 2020
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JFB1955
Las Vegas, NV80 contributions
Our experience started when we met Dylan downstairs at 0530 - we knew we were in for a great experience when we piled into his Royal Shaheen emblazoned Jeep and found "Germ (Gyrm)" perched between the front seats. Germ is a mixed Gyr and Merlin hybrid falcon and was a perfect gentleman on our ride to the Desert Conservation Reserve (DCR). Along the way, Dylan was regaling us the history of falconry in general, highlighting differences in the birds and their training. Our first stop on the way was at the Dubai Camel track where at least a hundred camels were waiting their turn to get their morning training run in. Dylan pointed out how the training is accomplished, how the camels are raced - in short - when we left 20 minutes later to continue on to the DCR, we were way smarter about camels than we'd arrived.

Upon entering the DCR, we started seeing antelope and Onyx meandering on the sand dunes, eating their pre-dawn meal on the scrub and small trees growing in the desert. We took a magical picture of a mother and baby Onyx backlighted by the sun rising over the mountains separating Oman and Dubai.

After pulling off the sand track, we parked next to a small stand of trees to meet Dylan's partner Rahim. Rahim had set out a rug on the sand and prepared an early morning coffee and date repast. Sitting beside us were four different falcons, hawks, and eagles that we'd get to know over the next two hours or so. The quiet of the early morning desert is a sublime experience.

Next, we did a different training or demonstration experience with each of the birds Dyland and Rahim had chosen for us. Between the discussion we'd had with Dylan and what we experienced "on the wing", we gained a new appreciation for the dedication, time, and training required to enjoy falconry.

Each training evolution was explained by Dylan - both in terms of what was expected and how it exercises the bird's specific hunting or attack characteristics. A really fun part of the training demonstrated how a small remotely piloted flying wing was used to exercise nature's fastest animal - the Peregrine Falcon. The plane turned, climbed, rolled and dove with the Peregrine in hot pursuit - finally ending when "Ghost" snagged the lure attached to the plane and flew it down to the ground for a good shaking.

Our final evolution with Penny (eagle) and Tom (hawk) were perch to glove flights that resulted in some amazing videos and pictures. Interacting with these animals was a beautiful and moving experience.

After we gathered everything up, Dylan took us to the Falconry Souk -- wow -- the Emiratis are serious about their sport and their birds. We were there at the beginning of the season so new birds were arriving and awaiting new owners for the upcoming season. Along with the birds and falconry equipment on display, there is a museum that describes falconry as practiced in the Emirates.

Dylan was an amazingly knowledgeable guide into our first falconry experience. His 30 years of experience span the world - US, UK, UAE, and Africa -- experience perfectly matched with an outgoing nature and willingness to share passionately his love for this sport and his birds.

This is a one of a kind experience and something we'd do again on our next visit to Dubai - we'd learn even more next time and be smiling just as broadly when he drops us off at the hotel as we were this time!
Written November 19, 2019
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RoyalShaheenEvent
Dear James, O boy, where do I begin? Your review has totally made my week. Thank you so much for making the Tim and taking all this time to post such a comprehensive review of your morning with us. Clearly, you had a wonderful time. I'll pass on your lovely words to Dylan and Rahim. Grateful, very grateful. Thank you. From all of us at Team Royal Shaheen, we wish you a Merry Xmas and happy new year. Rgds, Pete PS: Cant wait to have you back..
Written December 11, 2019
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CaineO
16 contributions
Couples
There are many things you can see and do in Dubai, but there is NOTHING like this private Falconry tour! Dylan was our guide and had such a depth of knowledge and experience, not only in Falconry but also in the Bedouin culture. With this private tour we were able to interact with 5 different raptors, learning about each species and seeing each ones unique personalities. We followed this with the breakfast package which was also quite nice.

The staff at Royal Shaheen is very professional, structured, but also very fun! Dylan and Raheem gave us the experience of a lifetime! Thank you both!!
Written December 29, 2019
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Amazing review. Thank you. Rgds, Pete
Written June 3, 2021
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sownakb
sownakb
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An experience that is head and tail feathers above the rest!
This is a fantastic experience for any traveller visiting Dubai, and as a longtime resident I especially appreciate
DJML
DJML
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Falconry experience
Excellent staff and amazing birds, really interesting show and expeience. Talk gave history of falconry and the fal
AAP27
AAP27
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Unique and memorable desert experience!
We enjoyed a terrific morning doing the Falcon Safari led by Cesar this past weekend. Cesar was incredibly knowledg
Cathbarr
Cathbarr
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The highlight of our trip, private falconry in outstanding natural beauty
The reviews don't lie, this is a world-leading experience - one of the best we've had anywhere, in any country. We
oaklet
oaklet
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Best time in Dubai, unbeatable, amazing experience.
My hubby and I had the BEST experience in Dubai, an absolute amazing experience. From the first communication right
828karstens
828karstens
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Fantastic morning in the dessert
Early pick up by guide and falconer Dylan, who willingly shared a lot of information. We saw camel training in the
C B
C B
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Amazing experience
This was an amazing experience out in the desert. From the pickup at the hotel to the drop off I was just a big sm
Deano0o
Deano0o
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Best experience travelling I've had to date
We were up early at 5am. We were picked up at our hotel on The Palm by Cesar. He was aware from the outset. In the
A1762CWjanetb
A1762CWjanetb
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Small group falconry your with luxury breakfast.
What a fantastic way to celebrate my husbands birthday and our 26th wedding anniversary. I booked this as a surpris
DanielL9988
DanielL9988
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An experience beyond excellence
My wife and I had a fantastic time. Cesar who took care of us simply made the whole experience so much more enrich
6831marieh
6831marieh
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Best. Ever.
Just let me say that this trip was worth every cent! My husband and I booked the Royal Shaheen Dubai Falconry Safar
Claire P
Claire P
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Worth every penny.
Worth every penny, this trip is well worth it and would recommend it to anyone interested in birds of prey.We where
Bzli83
Bzli83
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Great experience!
My wife and I did the dfs tour on Friday morning. Cesar picked us up at 5am and on our drive to Dubai desert conser
KerriH285
KerriH285
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Falconry
Professional Prompt and complete passion for the birds and their role. These birds are birds of prey - this team
MrsAOM
MrsAOM
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Dubai Falconry Safari - FANTASTIC!
One of the best & most memorable experiences I’ve ever had! Thank you to Hendrik & Raheem for a wonderful & educati
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