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Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari
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Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari

By Royal Shaheen Events
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Falconry and wildlife are inextricably bound in the UAE desert but don’t usually feature on Dubai’s standard desert tours. This tour is different: It lets you focus on the animals that are key to the landscape and its history. Take a wildlife safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and join a falconry session to experience a falcon flying from your hand. Upgrade to include breakfast at a luxe desert resort.
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$199.46
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Ages 0-99, max of 4 per group
Duration:
5h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
Arabic, English

Highlights
  • Experience Dubai’s desert on a falconry/wildlife safari
  • Fly a falcon to try and learn about the Bedouin tradition of falconry
  • Look for oryx, gazelle, and more on a safari in the Dubai Conservation Reserve
  • Small-group tour with limit of 12; plus, upgrade for luxe desert breakfast

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional driver-guide
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned 4x4
  • 1.5- to 2-hour 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
What's not included
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Gratuities

Book your desired option and after early pickup from your Dubai hotel, travel to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by climate-controlled 4WD vehicle. Hear about Emirati desert traditions and falconry en route and then set off on a wildlife drive. Cross the dunes to look for the elusive Arabian oryx, gazelle, hares, monitor lizards, and other animals, and learn about the reserve’s work in protecting them. Next, enjoy a group falconry interaction with birds, such as falcons or kestrels, from a prized collection. Don a glove and fly a bird from your hand to collect a lure and return to you. See training in action and learn how the Bedouin traditionally used these magnificent birds for hunting. Afterward, return to Dubai, or if you’ve upgraded, visit the luxury Al Maha Desert Resort for breakfast overlooking the dunes. See the Itinerary for sample dishes. Either way, your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pickup and dropped off is provided anywhere in Dubai Area only.
  • Airports:
  • Dubai Airport, Dubai United Arab Emirates
  • Ports:
  • Dubai Port
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9880TIE1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Pickup and drop-off time will vary throughout the year depending on weather conditions
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—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
  • 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
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari?
Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari price starts from $199.46. Discover and book Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari on Tripadvisor
What is the Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari cancellation policy?
Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari?
Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari is hosted by Royal Shaheen Events. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Royal Shaheen Events on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari?
On average, this experience will take approximately 5h. Discover and book Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9880TIE1

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See departure details
  • Pass by
    Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  • You'll return to the starting point
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

mcmoniker80232
mcmoniker80232
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Another happy recommendation for Royal Shaheen
Our goal was to have an interactive falconry experience and Royal Shaheen delivered. Despite confusion about the pi
jenniferd780
jenniferd780
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Must do in Dubai!
We had an amazing experience. The tour itself was so personable, and we ourselves had decided to stay at another to
116ashishh
116ashishh
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Upclose with birds of prey
Amin was our falconer. He was professional and very hospitable. He was punctual and knew a lot about the birds. We
ScoobySnackScoop
ScoobySnackScoop
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Don't think about it, Do it!
We loved every minute of this experience. Sarab and Amin were our guys in the field, they were so wonderful, they m
Asjdudnen
Asjdudnen
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Family vacation highlight
This trip was truly amazing. Our family was picked up from our hotel for the private afternoon falcon safari. Our g
Rodrigo A
Rodrigo A
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Unique, once in a lifetime experience with the bids of prey!
It all starts with very good attention from Shara as she handled the reservation, my questions and explained what t
485pame
485pame
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Royal Shaheed is the best
The best part of this is the interaction between the guests, the birds and the falconers. We loved that we could p
josephinee211
josephinee211
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Throughly engaging and awesome
Thank you for an Incredible experience with Peter, Michael, and the falcons! I learned so much about the art and sc
E9705KJglenng
E9705KJglenng
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Amazing Experience
Absolutely beautiful birds and well organised tour. Hendrik our guide is extremely knowledgeable and a fantastic ho
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
pprokop
pprokop
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See amazing birds up close
We spent an amazing morning in the desert learning about and handling birds of prey: falcons, eagles, owls and haw
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
Nanami0826
Nanami0826
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very very exciting times!
I was able to spend a very worthwhile time with three falcons, an owl and an eagle at vast and beautiful desert!!
Tobago77
Tobago77
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Great personal Falcon Experience
This Private tour was excellent. If you want to get up close and personal with the birds then this is for you. Our
Graça N
Graça N
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Highly recommended experience
This company stands proudly head and shoulders above the very best in the UAE. At Royal Shaheen they are committed
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Angela W
Horsham, UK26 contributions
This was an incredible experience ! Loads of hands on experience, the falcons & owl’s & especially the eagle we’re spectacular ! The trainers were very informative & we learnt a lot ! They were also amazing photographers & took some wonderful photos for us !
Written August 29, 2022
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Sownak B
3 contributions
Jan 2022
This is a fantastic experience for any traveller visiting Dubai, and as a longtime resident I especially appreciated findiing such a fresh and unique activity.

We were picked up from our accommodation by Sarab at 06:00 and reached the Reservation in time for sunrise -- a truly majestic view, with sights of oryx and gazelles visible on the horizon. Sarab was immensely personable, very knowledgeable about falconry and the local wildlife. On arrival, we were treated to traditional Arabic coffee served with dates, before Sarab and his colleague Mohammad began the show -- including a falcon, a Harris Hawk, a barn owl, an eagle owl, and a Greater spotted eagle.

We then learned how to call and fly them ourselves. This was marvellous and we both quickly felt comfortable with the birds. Plus, Sarab very kindly acted as our personal photographer, snapping large numbers of photos and videos for each of us to capture the best light and the best moments. This was a truly fantastic experience for my partner and I, who had the trip entirely to ourselves! I would 100% recommend this to anyone wanting a slightly different experience in Dubai.
Written January 9, 2022
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Hi Sownakb, We're so glad you enjoyed the tour with us. We aim at providing a unique and genuine experience for all the guests. We'll make sure Sarab and Mohammed hears of your compliments. Thank you for the recommendation and looking forward to hosting you again!
Written February 21, 2022
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Cathbarr
Singapore, Singapore38 contributions
Jan 2020
The reviews don't lie, this is a world-leading experience - one of the best we've had anywhere, in any country.

We decided to book a tour direct with Royal Shaheen because we have a three year old and other tour operators we researched had too many 'other add-ons' to their desert tours that didn't suit a three year old (such as dune bashing, camel rides, etc.). We are SO pleased we did!

We were picked up from our hotel early in the morning with two birds in the car - not in cages either, simply sitting, one eagle (Khyber) in the back space, another small mixed breed (Gyrm) sitting on the top of the handbreak box. Our kids were delighted with the up close experience (as were we). There were more birds in the desert waiting when we arrived, five in total including an owl, peregrine and a hawk.

We didn't book a private tour but got one. We passed other tour operators on the way out to the desert who were all full to the brim... 20+ participants. Ours was just the four of us and two handlers.

I would highly recommend the experience to anyone for the up close and personal interactions with multiple birds, exposure and one-on-one conversation with experienced handlers, and thoughtfulness of design of the overall experience: it takes just the right amount of time, happens in outstanding natural beauty and without another person to be seen.
Written January 6, 2020
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So pleased you had a wonderful experience. Nothing beats exclusivity. Fromm all of us at Team Royal Shaheen we would like to wish you all the very best 2021. Rgds, Pete
Written June 3, 2021
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Lisa L
Melbourne, Australia228 contributions
Nov 2019
My hubby and I had the BEST experience in Dubai, an absolute amazing experience. From the first communication right through to a follow up email, this company is nothing but professional.
To start our falconer Cesar on time picked us up at the hotel in a beauthiful Jeep with a surprise in the back to met us. Khaimah, a magnificent eagle sitting on his perch, just so gorgeous and peaceful. What a nice touch.
We spent such an amazing time in the desert with Cesar and his friend Rahim, both passionate Falconers, full of amazing information not only on the birds but life in Dubai. We had Arabic coffee and dates while they got the birds ready on a beautiful carpet in the middle of the desert!! It was great only hubby and I which enhanced our visit.
You can see how much they care for their birds.
To watch, listen and learn, then to do it ourselves, a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The birds are majestic. We had 2 falcons, an eagle, hawk and owl
Rahim was gracious to take a large number of photos for us, he is the professional falconer/photographer. Thank you so much!!
This was THE BEST experience we had and can not recommend highly enough.
To top off the best morning we then had the best breakfast at the desert oasis Al Maha desert resort and spa. If we had of known of this place we would have definitely spent a couple of nights there. Breakfast was delicious, what ever you wanted. What a way to top of our morning.
Finally a BIG THANK YOU to Cesar and Rahim for giving us an unforgettable day in the Dubai Desert with the wonderful birds of prey.
Do yourself a favour, spend that little extra on this tour and book it, you wont be sorry, especially if your the only ones out there!!
Written December 9, 2019
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RoyalShaheenEvent
Dear Oaklet, Fantastic - thank you so much for taking the time and m making an effort to post this thorough review. Every single member of our team takes our signature experience extremely serious. We are very good at bespoke intimate Falconry experiences. All our staff are highly experienced and have a real passion for our team of birds. We are all, very grateful for all your kind words, it means the world to our small business in this very saturated commercial market. From all of us at Team Royal Shaheen we would like thank you and wish you and your hubby a happy festive season ahead. Merry Xmas.. Rgds, Pete PS: feel free to come back and pay us a visit anytime.
Written December 11, 2019
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Karsten S
8 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Early pick up by guide and falconer Dylan, who willingly shared a lot of information. We saw camel training in the dark en route, saw and hold fantastic birds of pray in action. Afterwards a delicious breakfast at al Maha.
Best day in Dubai ever! Go for it!
Ritta & Karsten
Denmark
Written November 28, 2019
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RoyalShaheenEvent
Dear Rita and Karsten, Fantastic, I am very pleased you enjoyed your time with us and thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of your time with us on our signature experience. "Best day in Dubai ever!" - those comments make me even happier. From all of us at Team Royal Shaheen we would like to thank you and wish you and your entire family a happy and enjoyable festive season ahead. Rgds, Pete PS: feel free to pop in and see us again, anytime.
Written December 11, 2019
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kesokeso
Stockholm, Sweden13 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This was an amazing experience out in the desert.
From the pickup at the hotel to the drop off I was just a big smile, these birds are amazing.
So cool and calm and all with their own personality.
Dylan was our guide for the day, he was full of information about both the birds and the other animals in the desert.
We learned a lot from him.

Customer service was excellent from the first email with questions to the thank you mail from the company.

Next time in Dubai I will be back out in the desert with these amazing birds and guides.

Big thank you from Caroline and Mats
Written November 28, 2019
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RoyalShaheenEvent
Dear Caroline and Mats, I love to read such positive feedback, thank you very much for taking the time and making the effort. We all really appreciate it. I'll be sure to pas on your kind words to Dylan, he will be ecstatic. From all of us at Team Royal Shaheen, we would like to wish you a Merry Xmas and a happy new year. Rgds, Pete PS: we would love to see you again
Written December 11, 2019
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deano
Sydney, Australia32 contributions
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 jeep to take us to our destination was kaimah the eagle to take the 1hr 20min journey to our desert oasis. During the trip césar taught us a lot about Dubai history in regards to the Falcons and other birds of prey. When we arrived. We were the only ones there and enjoyed some amazing Arabic coffee and dates with Waheem before learning about each of the birds and watching them before flying them ourselves. What an incredible experience. César especially and Rahim made the experience exceptional absolutely one of our life experiences we will not forget. We will definitely do again when we come back with our daughters. Breakfast at Al Maha Desert resort topped off what was an already amazing experience.
Written November 8, 2019
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RoyalShaheenEvent
Dear Dean, Fantastic. Thank you so much for the lovely review and kind words. We all really appreciate each review and how much they help our small passionate team. Thank you. From all of us at Team Royal Shaheen, we wish you a Merry Xmas and Happy 2020. Rgds, Pete PS: Cant wait to entertain you once again
Written December 12, 2019
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DanielL9988
Singapore, Singapore12 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
My wife and I had a fantastic time. Cesar who took care of us simply made the whole experience so
much more enriching and educational. He set the high standards for quality service and customer care. I will definitely recommend all my friends to participate in the programme. Without any hesitation, I will treat for my daughters to get the same experience when they visit me in December.
Written November 5, 2019
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Dear Daniel, We can’t wait to show your daughter our love for falcons when she arrives. Cesar and his crew is ready and waiting. Thank you ever so much for taking the time to post a review of your morning with. From all of us at team Royal Shaheen we wish you a happy festive season ahead. Rgds, Pete
Written November 6, 2019
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Marie H
Pittsburgh, PA9 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Just let me say that this trip was worth every cent! My husband and I booked the Royal Shaheen Dubai Falconry Safari before we left the states. Seemed like a unique experience. It started early....5am. We were picked up promptly by Dylan, our falconer. We were the group! In the Jeep were two birds taking a snooze. A greater spotted eagle, Khaimah, and a Gyr Merlin Falcon named Gyrm. On our way to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve we made a brief stop and photo opp to see the camel racing area. Many awkwardly beautiful camels were being trained for racing. We then left for the desert and arrived precisely as the sun was coming up. We had coffee and dates while seated comfortably on a rug and pillow and Dylan described the training process and introduced us to his team of birds: Cherokee and Ghost the Peregrine Flacons; Tom, a Harris Hawk; and Penny, a Desert Eagle Owl, and of course in our two travel mates. We proceeded to watch as Dylan trained the juvenile falcon. My husband and I then participated in having the birds fly to us, each species demonstrating a different hunting style.....speed, agility, stealth, and strength. We completed our glorious day with a wonderful breakfast at the Al Maha Hotel On our way home we stopped at the Falcon Heritage Center and Museum and the falcon souk, a one stop shopping for falconers......including the birds. What a day. This is a must do activity. A special thanks to Dylan and his assistant Rahim (our able photographer) for a wonderful day.
Written November 4, 2019
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Dear Marie, Wow, what can I say, other than thank you very much for posting such a thorough review of your morning with our Royal Shaheen team. I’ll be sure to pass on all your kind words to Dylan and crew. Reviews like this make it all worth while, so thank you once again. Rgds, Pete
Written November 6, 2019
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Claire P
3 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Worth every penny, this trip is well worth it and would recommend it to anyone interested in birds of prey.We where picked up from the hotel by Dylan and khaimah the greater spotted eagle, and taken out to the desert where we seen the sunrise over the mountains. After these we got to interact with the birds. Are favourite was Penny the desert eagle owl.
Written October 15, 2019
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RoyalShaheenEvent
Dear Claire, Many thanks for your review on your m morning with us. We struggle to convince clients of the value of a premium product like this. Dubai is loaded with crowded commercial experiences. We will ensure value for money is obtained, each and every time. Kind regards, Pete
Written October 22, 2019
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Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari