Private Tour: Dubai Falconry Experience With Wildlife Drive And Optional Breakfast

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Enjoy a personal interaction with falcons on a private, 5-hour falconry experience. Travel from Dubai by luxury 4x4, and then enjoy your own falconry session amid the dune-filled Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Guided by expert falconers, discover how to fly one of the birds of prey from your gloved hand, see traditional and modern training techniques, and marvel at the birds’ speed and agility. Enjoy a wildlife-watching drive and the option to upgrade with a breakfast at the luxury Al Maha Desert Resort.

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Start with an early morning pickup from your Dubai hotel by air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle, and chat to your private guide as your travel to the desert retreat. Gaze out at the scenery, and gain insight into the the country's passion for falconry from your guide. The practice originated from Bedouin tribes who used falcons to hunt desert animals so they could add meat to their nomadic diet.
After roughly 40 minutes, arrive at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the national park where your falconry experience takes place. First, take a wildlife-spotting drive through the reserve as you hear about the animals and plants that thrive in the unforgiving environment. Look out for indigenous animals such as Arabian oryx, gazelle, hares and geckos.
Then, meet one of the reserves qualified falconers to start your interactive experience with a number of falcons, kestrels and other birds of prey, all from an exclusive family collection. With practical tips from your trainer, take an active part in the birds daily training session. Wear a falconry glove and get the birds to fly from your fist to collect food and return to your hand.
During your private 1.5- to 2-hour session, see demonstrations of ancient and modern training techniques, such as the the use of remote control drones, and watch the birds as they soar through the sky and dive for bait. Marvel at their speed and listen as the falconer describes their innate hunting instincts. When your session finishes, travel back to your hotel where your tour ends.
Tour with Breakfast:Want to make your morning more special? Complement your desert experience with a breakfast fit for an Arabian king. Before your Dubai hotel drop-off, travel to the luxurious Al Maha Desert Resort for breakfast in the hotels renowned Al Diwaan restaurant. Choose to sit inside or outside, and feast from an international buffet that features classic western treats such as eggs Royale alongside spiced scrambled eggs and even fillet steak. Fruit juice, coffee and tea are included. Morning cocktails of mimosas and bloody marys are available at your own expense. See a sample menu in the Itinerary.

Inclusions for Private Tour: Dubai Falconry Experience With Wildlife Drive And Optional Breakfast

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private driver-guide
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned 4x4
  • Interactive falconry session
  • Use of falconry glove and other equipment
  • Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort (if option selected)

Exclusions for Private Tour: Dubai Falconry Experience With Wildlife Drive And Optional Breakfast

  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Itinerary:

Al Diwaan Breakfast Menu (subject to change):
Cold dish selection:
  • Fresh and dried fruit, pastries, cereal, cold cuts of meat, vegetable crudités, dumplings and cheese
Hot dishes (choice of one):
  • Two eggs, any style
  • Al Maha omelet: signature omelet with artichokes, roasted pecans and smoked salmon
  • Eggs Benedict: poached eggs and pork ham or turkey, topped with Hollandaise sauce
  • Eggs Florentine: poached eggs and spinach, topped with Hollandaise sauce
  • Eggs Royale: poached eggs and smoked salmon, topped with Hollandaise sauce
  • Seafood omelet: crab, shrimp and chives
  • Two-egg omelet: choose from a selection of fillings
  • Burhgee: Indian-style scrambled eggs with lots of spice
  • Full English: two eggs, served with classic side dishes
  • Arabic breakfast: two eggs, served with hummus, labneh, medames (cooked fava beans with spices, herbs and lemon), olives and halloumi cheese
  • Petit fillet mignon
Side dishes: Grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, homemade hash browns, pork or beef bacon, pork or beef sausages

Sweet and savory:
  • Brioche French toast with blueberry compote
  • Pancakes
  • Crêpes
Drinks:
  • Large selection of tea, coffee and fruit juice
  • Alcoholic morning cocktails (own expense)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Pickup and drop-off time may vary throughout the year depending on weather conditions

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Very pleased to have chosen this tour. A very well organised operator and excellent value for money. We chose the additional breakfast option and this added to the quality of the product. Interesting, amusing, relaxed timings, very knowledgable staff along with spectacular birds made this tour the highlight of our 5 days in Dubai. Highly recommended.

  • This tour was amazing and a memory for life. Worth its money definetly. We got to interact with the birds and have them fly to us to pick up food from our hands. The two South african guys who had the tour had so much knowledge and passion for the birds. Highly recommend it.

  • After doing intensive reasearch on a falconry activity in Dubai we always came back to Royal Shaheen, the provider of this tour. We decided to book the private session which was the best idea at all. Our guide, Werner, picked us up absolutely on time. Since it was still early morning we enjoyed the quiet trip through Dubai ou into the desert, where we arrived after about 45min. Werner always gave us a lot of insight into his business and then we were welcomed in the desert with a nice morning coffee and dates and Rahim, the other guide, welcomed us. Then we had a really private session on falconry with our own chance of flying and holding the birdswhich was a spectacular moment. We were speechless. The follow-up breakfast at the eco resort was the icing on the cake. On our ways back after quite a few hours we never felt rushed in any way, Werner took us to the falcon souk and assisted us in buying falconry souvenirs. It was the best day of our Dubai trip, Thank you Werner, Dave and all the other nice birds

  • Fantastic experience..we were able to work with five different birds...the drive out was beautiful...the breakfast at the gorgeous desert hotel was delicious...saw a lot of wildlife on the drive...best experience we had in Dubai...the guides, Werner and Rabin were exceptional.
    If we return to Dubai we will do it again!

  • What an experience, it was amazing and would recommend to everyone!
    From the minute we were picked up from our hotel to the drop off at the end of tour, we enjoyed the trip. Our personal guide was friendly and welcoming from the start, the company in the jeep was amazing - Dave the Kestrel and Khaimah the eagle. What a surprise to be travelling with these beautiful birds from the get go. The talk, demonstration, flying and interaction with all the birds was so exciting and the amount of information I learnt was great. We opted for the breakfast which as lovely, to sit in the desert at a luxury hotel was a nice way to relax and eat in the middle of the tour. It was worth the money, we had such a feast! We finished off the tour with a visit to the Falcon center and again was very interesting. If you like birds of prey, getting up close to them and learning more, this tour is for you. Enjoy.

  • It was a fantastic tour and I highly recommend it. Thank you to Erin and the team for a great morning out learning about the birds and the training they do. It's a great way to discover more about Dubai. The breakfast was delicious and the view of the desert country was amazing.

  • This was the best tour ever. From the moment Werner picked us up he was full of information about not just the birds but all points of interest along the way. We arrived in the desert and were met by Rahim who had dates and coffee for us . We got to fly the birds , falcon ,owl and eagle and we learnt so much about these wonderful birds from very knowable guides. It is obvious that these men don't just do this for a job they are genually fond of and respect these birds. Fantastic trip a must do for anyone visiting Dubai

  • Amazing experience.

  • This is an interactive tour limited to small groups each day that is great experience in the desert. Hendri the guide is great and will give you a lot of information on Dubai, the wildlife reserve and the birds. A lot of fun with Hendri and Rahim working the birds and exciting to see the animals in the desert.

  • Had a great time - we took our 10 year old daughter and it was a great experience. Would highly recommend this break from shopping and sweltering heat!!

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