As an integral part of desert life in Arabia, falconry goes back more than 2,000 years ago and is still extremely important to the heritage of Dubai. This is a unique opportunity to observe the world’s best-trained falcons and other birds of prey in an authentic setting in a Royal desert retreat. During this interactive falconry and birds of prey experience, our professional falconers will guide you through both ancient and modern training techniques.After this spectacular interactive experience, enjoy a delicious breakfast in our authentic desert camps before embarking on an adventurous wildlife drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the UAE’s first and largest national park. You will get to spot and learn about some of the iconic desert dwellers such as the Arabian Oryx from the comfort of a luxury Range Rover or vintage Land Rover, depending on which tour option you choose.
This tour has two options: Heritage style or Platinum style. Heritage style is the more traditional tour in vintage Land Rovers with an Emirati breakfast in an authentic Bedouin camp in the desert. The Platinum style is the more luxurious tour in Range Rovers with a lavish breakfast spread in an exclusive ultra-luxurious camp in the desert. With both options you will be picked up from your hotel in Dubai in the morning and taken to the grounds of a local Royal family member’s desert retreat. You will enjoy a 90-minute interactive falcon show and interactive birds of prey demonstration, breakfast in a desert camp followed by a 45-minute wildlife drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. After the experience you will be dropped off back at your hotel. During the falconry demonstration, you’ll learn all about the ancient practice of falconry, in which trained falcons are used to hunt prey such as hares and various types of birds. Your guide will go over both ancient and modern training techniques, and explain the history of falconry, which was originally used to supplement the Bedouin diet with meat. You’ll then get to observe the world’s best-trained falcons and even try your hand at swinging the lure or flying a falcon yourself! During the interactive birds of prey demonstration, Harris hawks and Desert eagle owls will impress you with their aerial skills and tricks. Afterwards, enjoy a breakfast in our authentic desert camps. The Heritage style includes freshly prepared local favourites such as Foul (Arabic beans) or Regag (Fresh Arabic bread). The Platinum style includes a delicious breakfast spread with salmon and eggs.After breakfast you will embark on a guided wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conversation Reserve, the most carefully preserved wildlife area in to learn about the local fauna and flora. Travel through this vast wildlife reserve in the comfort of luxury Range Rovers or open-roof vintage Land Rovers, keeping an eye out for animals such as Arabian orxy and Gazelles. Afterwards you’ll be taken back to your Dubai hotel, located about an hour away. A portion of ticket sales goes towards local animal conversation, so you can feel extra good about participating in this Dubai wildlife experience!