Attend falconry#21 of 74 things to do in Dubai
Many palaces had numerous premises allocated for these birds, which was considered a great privilege. But it wasn't enough for the owners to simply admire falcons, so they invented a kind of fun - falconry. Now all guests of the Emirates can see this show. But only the privileged can participate in this event, because far from everybody can afford to buy a professional bird of prey, costing from 10 to 80 thousand USD. The white gyrfalcon is rightly the most apt, beautiful and expensive bird in this respect.
Falcons are trained by encouraging them with food. If a professional gets down to business, it will take not more than 20 days to train the bird to understand and listen to the owner. During the competition, the owner removes a special cap from the bird's head; the falcon takes off rapidly and dramatically swoops down, reaching speeds of 300 km/h. This is how the falcon catches prey and brings it to its owner. The winner is the bird that is the first to bring the booty.
Falconry seasons are held in Dubai every year from September to March. At this time, various competitions, exhibitions, festivals, and even falcon beauty contests take place in the Emirates. Often, falconry takes place in the desert, and the event lasts a few days. The prize fund of the competitions is impressive: more than three million US dollars.
If you want to attend falconry, it's better to take a tour to Desert Conservation Reserve. It's one of the most popular tours in Dubai, so you could buy tickets in any hotel.
Where to do?
This huge Conservation Reserve covers the fifth part of the country and serves as a shelter for lots of endangered species of animals and birds.140Dubai
Phone: +971 4 8098710
Official website: http://www.ddcr.org/en/