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Stop At: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Desert Dubai-Al Ain Road - Exit 50, 118887 United Arab Emirates
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Duration: 5 hours
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel in Dubai
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
It was so nice to get out of the city and experience the desert! Our driver/guide Ahmjad picked us up in good time and was very pleasant, personable and knowledgeable. It was interesting to experience the falconry display and see the 3 different species of birds up close. Our vintage landrover driver was also very good, and knowledgeable. She was from South Africa, and knew the desert and driving well.
This was a wonderful tour, and Saeed, our car guide on the drive to the desert, was great!
This is a fun escape from the city. I forget the name of the falconry guide, but she had an excellent demonstration and gave everyone a nice chance to participate (hold and feed the birds, which were a hawk, falcon, and desert owl). Note that on the drive, there were about 3-4 people in each car. Then we all came together for the falconry demonstration, so that ended up being about 10-12 people with the birds.
The breakfast afterwards was very well done too. The only negative with breakfast was that there were a lot of flies around, but perhaps one could say it made the desert experience a little more authentic! The food was nevertheless delicious and fresh!
There is also a chance to ride a camel, albeit for a short distance. It is a neat experience.
The also offer photos and other things for purchase at the site, but they are not pushy about it at all. I appreciated that!
The round trip between the city and desert location is about 1.5-2 hours, so the 5 hour timeframe includes that travel time, which could be a putoff for some; however, in my car, Saeed filled the time very well and explained a lot about life in the desert and some UAE history.
This is a fantastic experience that supports the conservation of nature. Convenient pick-up; great guide (Felix is a multi-lingual and witty star); the sumptuous breakfast; passionate knowledge from both Felix and Rebecca (bird handler); enjoyable camel riding; and the drive to see views of the desert, are all engaging. Some tours promise a lot and fail to deliver - this one promises a lot but certainly delivers. Worth the money. Book it!
Fabulous! We did the Heritage Morning Falconry and Wildlife Desert Safari and it was easily the best experience we had in Dubai. Paolo our tour guide could not have been more charming and was very knowledgeable, gave us loads of information along the way - but not too much. We had a ball learning about the ancient practice of falconry and getting to literally try our hand at it! We recommend this tour unreservedly.
The morning whole was excellent. We we’re collected from our Apartment, taken to the desert. We watched and took part in a falconry display, followed by a delicious breakfast. We enjoyed a trip in a 1950s Land Rover across the desert looking at beautiful dunes and taking in the silence ! Everything was amazing about this trip - don’t miss out !
This was one of the most amazing tours I have ever been on. Muti, our driver and guide was very informative and his service was the best. Wayne, the person that did the Falcon show was awesome and his passion for these beautiful birds was very evident. His history and knowledge of the sport of Falconry was very comprehensive and he added some humor to make the experience great fun. The photographer Magz put together an exceptional group of photographs/video which will allow us to share with friends and family. This is a MUST DO when you are in Dubai!
Fabulous! very knowledgeable tour guide and excellent falcon presentation. Take the Range Rover option for the air con and you get a truly private tour.
Scheduling the Falconry on our first morning during a Dubai stop over was the best thin we did. It was totally awesome.
This was my favourite trip from my holiday in Dubai. I'm an animal lover, so this was the perfect tour for me. The transport was good and the tour guide was excellent and very knowledgable. We both love animals, so talked the whole way there in the car, non-stop!
The falconer, Rebecca, was outstanding. So knowledgable and excellent with the birds. She explained how and why everything was done in great detail. We got to have the birds fly to our hands, which was amazing. Absolutely loved this.
We also enjoyed a delicious traditional breakfast prior to the rest of the tour. We then went in a 50s Land Rover around the reserve. We got to see Arabian Oryx and Gazelle, which were magnificent. The heat was a bit of an issue, but didn't deter at all.
I would recommend this to anyone!
This was an exciting and exquisite experience. Everyone is very knowledgeable and patient! There is nothing they won’t do to make your day a success. All who attend get to interact with the birds. Truly a memorable event! Do Not Miss!
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.