A huge thank you to the amazing team at Royal Shaheen for an unforgettable morning enjoying falconry in the Dubai desert.
We were on a private 'Dubai Falconry Experience' which also includes a wildlife drive, a visit to the Falcon and Heritage museum and shops, plus we upgraded with breakfast at the stunning Al Maha Resort.
We were picked up by our friendly guide for the morning, Werner, just before sunrise to take the short 45 minute drive out to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR). Also coming along for the ride were Dave the Kestrel and Khaimah the greater spotted eagle - such a fun way to travel! Werner was extremely knowledgeable and professional as well as entertaining and really made the morning such a pleasure.
The DDCR is very magical first thing in the morning with indigenous animals including Arabian Oryx and Gazelles wandering through the beautiful sand dunes. We were taken to our small camp and met our second guide, Sarab, who served us with some Arabic coffee and dates.
We were treated to displays of both traditional and modern falconry techniques and then got the chance to enjoy the unique experience of flying the birds to glove ourselves. We met Dory, the Barn owl, Pandora, the Peregrine falcon, Gamora, the Gyr/peregrine and Harry, the Harris's hawk. Werner imparted a huge amount of knowledge about each of the birds and had some fun stories to tell along the way too!
Breakfast at Al Maha following the falconry was well worth it and the museum visit at the end of the trip was interesting.
If you live in or are visiting Dubai, this trip is a MUST-DO!