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Falconry safari in Dubai – prices, timings, what to expect

The sport of Falconry, which has been part of desert life for hundreds of years, is integral to the UAE’s cultural heritage.

Falconry is the art of using a trained bird of prey (usually a Falcon) to hunt small wild animals. 

Some desert safaris have simple demonstrations of Falcons, Hawks, and Desert Owls, while a few are designed around Falconry.

Besides having regular safari activities such as dune bashing, sandboarding, cultural performances, etc., such tours have a few Falconers entertaining the guests with their birds. 

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for Falconry safari in Dubai.

What to expect on a falconry safari

Dubai is a falconry hotspot and a fantastic site to see falconers and their trained birds in action. 

Viewing Falconry in action is a thrilling experience, and some day tours into the Arabian desert outside of Dubai have bird shows. 

As you learn about this ancient Bedouin practice, you will try flying a falcon during safaris. 

All tourists are left in awe of the birds of prey’s power and prowess in the air.

You will also see impressive demonstrations by prized birds and learn a few traditional and modern training techniques.

In some Falconry safaris, you will also see drones used to train the birds, with a lure flying around 20 meters (65 feet) behind. 

You will feed a bird of prey and wonder as it returns to your gloved hand.

Besides interacting with elegant Falcons, you will also learn about their life cycles, diet, and natural habitat. 

During the hands-on falconry experience, you will be under the guidance of a professional trainer, guaranteeing your safety.


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Where to book tickets

Tickets for Falconry Safari in Dubai can be purchased online or in person at the counters.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some tours sell a limited number of tickets due to their high demand, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the Falconry safari ticket booking page, select your preferred date, time slot, and number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

After making the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email. 

Ticket printouts are not required.

You can join the safari by showing the e-ticket on your smartphone.

Best Dubai falconry safari tours

Two tour operators offer Dubai’s best Falconry safaris – Platinum Heritage and Royal Shaheen Events

The operators are equally good – on Tripadvisor, they are rated 5 out of 5. 

We list the most highly-rated falconry safari tours in Dubai – 

Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities

Start time: 2.30 pm
Tour operator: Platinum Heritage

This safari starts when you get picked up from Dubai in an air-conditioned minivan. 

When you meet a camel train, you transfer to the ship of the desert and head to the royal desert retreat.

As the sun sets, you will enjoy a falconry display, watch an Arabic bread-making demonstration, get a henna tattoo, and indulge in numerous other local activities.

Finish with a 4-course dinner under the stars accompanied by Arabian dancing and music.

Children under five years are not permitted on this safari, and the weight of the guests can’t exceed 150 Kg (330 Pounds).

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (12+ years): AED 712 ($194)
Child Ticket (5 to 11 years): AED 610 ($166)


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Morning Falconry & Nature Desert Safari

Start time: 6.30 am
Tour operator: Platinum Heritage

This tour is an exclusive Falconry Safari, and guests experience the majesty of the UAE’s falcons and the desert.

During this 5-hour tour from Dubai, you will visit a desert retreat for a spectacular falconry display and try flying a falcon yourself.

Later, you will take a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover.

Be sure to spot rare Arabian oryx, gazelle, and other species, and the tour ends with snacks and a camel ride. 

Only 16 guests are included per tour to make it a personalized experience.

Children under five years are not permitted on this safari.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (12+ years): AED 610 ($166)
Child Ticket (5 to 11 years): AED 507 ($138)


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Small-Group Dubai Falconry Safari

Private Falconry Safari in Dubai
Image: Royalshaheen.ae

Start time: 5 am
Tour operator: Royal Shaheen Events

You get picked up from your hotel in Dubai in a 4×4 and head to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to watch for animals such as the rare Arabian oryx, hares, and more. 

Once at the retreat, you enjoy a thrilling, interactive group falconry experience. You see some prized birds and learn training techniques.

Guests willing to come forward will learn to fly a falcon from their gloves.

The Falconry session lasts 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Upgrade your tour to include breakfast at the stylish Al Maha Desert Resort to make the trip more memorable.

A minimum of two guests is required per booking.

Only 12 guests are allowed in this 5-hour safari to ensure a personalized atmosphere.

Cost of the tour WITHOUT breakfast

Adult Ticket (12+ years): AED 731 ($199)
Child Ticket (0 to 11 years): AED 540 ($147)

Cost of the tour WITH breakfast

Adult Ticket (12+ years): AED 936 ($255)
Child Ticket (0 to 11 years): AED 745 ($203)


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Private Falconry Safari in Dubai

Royal Shaheen Events offer private Falconry Safaris to guests who prefer customized tours and VIP treatment. 

Royal Shaheen Events’ falconry safari requires a minimum of two and a maximum of four per booking.

The safari is five hours long.  

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (12+ years): AED 1190 ($324)
Child Ticket (0 to 11 years): AED 695 ($189)


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Generations of Falconry

The Falcons have a long history in Dubai and are considered cultural icons.

Falcons are so revered in the UAE that they are depicted on street signs, local money, and even the national emblem.

Check out this video to understand how falconry is integral to being an Arab.

Did you know the region even has the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the first and only facility dedicated to falcons?

Some tourists visit the hospital to understand the close relationship between the Bedouin culture and the Falcons. 

FAQs about Falconry Safari in Dubai

Here are some frequently asked questions about Falconry Safari in Dubai.

What activities are included in a Falconry Safari?

Activities may include live falconry demonstrations, the opportunity to handle and fly falcons, and gaining insights into the training techniques used by falconers.

Are there experienced falconers guiding the safari?

Yes, falconry safaris are led by experienced falconers who provide information about the history of falconry and the various species of falcons and demonstrate the birds’ hunting skills.

What is the best time of year for a Falconry Safari in Dubai?

The falconry season in Dubai is generally during the cooler months, from October to March when the weather is more favorable for outdoor activities.

Are there photo opportunities with the Falcons?

Falconry safaris offer opportunities to take photos with the falcons. Participants can also witness impressive aerial displays and have the chance to hold the birds in their arms.

What should participants wear for a Falconry Safari?

Wear comfortable and modest clothing suitable for the desert climate. It’s also advisable to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for sun protection.

Sources
# Tripadvisor.com
# Royalshaheen.ae
# Visitdubai.com
# Platinum-heritage.com

The travel specialists at TheBetterVacation.com use only high-quality sources while researching & writing their articles. We make every attempt to keep our content current, reliable and trustworthy.

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