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Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Experience the majesty of the UAE’s falcons and desert on this 5-hour tour from Dubai. Visit a desert retreat for a spectacular falconry display and try flying a falcon yourself as you learn about this ancient Bedouin practice. Afterward, take a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover, or upgrade to a plush Range Rover. Look for rare Arabian oryx, gazelle and other species on route, and finish with snacks and a camel ride. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
  • Interactive falconry experience and wildlife tour in Dubai
  • Learn about the ancient tradition of falconry in the UAE and try Falconry yourself with the help of your guide
  • Spot wildlife such as Arabian Orxy and Gazelle as you cruise through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a luxury Range Rover or 1950s Land Rover
  • Ride a camel through the desert for a quintessential Arabian experience
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Spectacular falcon show with demonstrations of traditional training techniques
Interactive demonstration with birds of prey like hawks, desert eagle owls and barn owls
Guided safari drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in Range Rover or Vintage Land Rover
Camel rides
Donation to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Breakfast
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel in Dubai

After pickup from your central Dubai hotel, relax into your air-conditioned vehicle and travel into the surrounding desert. On route, hear about the importance of falconry to the UAE. The practice was first used by indigenous Bedouins to supplement their diets with meat — courtesy of hares and birds caught by trained falcons. Today, the falcon is held in such reverence that it’s the UAE’s national symbol.

After about an hour, arrive at a desert retreat owned by a member of the local royal family, and be treated to an exciting falconry display.

Learn about the ancient and modern techniques used to train the falcons, and then watch transfixed as the falcons fly to collect lures and return to their gloved handlers. Admire the birds’ natural agility and power, and have a go at swinging a lure and flying your own falcon from your hand.

Afterward, board your chosen transport — either an open-top vintage Land Rover or plush Range Rover — and take a drive around the Dubai Desert Conversation Reserve. The UAE’s first national park, this pristine desert sanctuary provides a haven for countless species of desert animals, birds and plants.

As you travel, use the supplied binoculars to watch for rare Arabian oryx, as well as desert monitors, gazelles and other species of desert fauna and flora.

Return to the desert retreat and refuel with a tasty local snack such as chebab (Arabic pancake) or ragag (fresh bread). Then, if you wish, finish your visit with a camel ride across the sands.

Your experience concludes with a transfer back to your hotel.

Please note: a portion of your ticket price is donated to local animal conservation, so you can feel extra good about participating in this Dubai experience.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dubai
Pick up from Dubai hotels between 5:45 am-6:30 am (depending on season/sunrise).
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Arrive at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to put on your Sheila/Ghutra (traditional headscarf).
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Witness a world-class falcon show and learn about the ancient techniques and traditions of what makes falconry so significant in Emirati culture. Take part in an interactive birds of prey demonstration.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Discover the local flavours and enjoy a traditional Emirati breakfast in an authentic Bedouin camp set in the heart of the Dubai desert.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Embark on an adventurous wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Spot native animals like Arabian oryx and gazelles and learn about local flora.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dubai
Return to Dubai hotel and arrive between 11:30 and 12:00pm (depending on traffic)
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: Guides in the following languages (German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Chinese, ) are upon request and availability.
  • Children under 5 years are not permitted on shared car and need a private car booking for the Land Rover option
  • Children under 10 years are not permitted for the Range Rover option
  • Not recommended for pregnant women in their third trimester
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Platinum Heritage

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai.

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  • "Take the Range Rover option for the air con and you get a truly private tour." See review
  • "The also offer photos and other things for purchase at the site, but they are not pushy about it at all." See review

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star-5
The nature aspect was a highlight as we are interested in birds, plants and animals.
Joan_D
, Mar 2020
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.
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Variety of Activities -nice way to spend morning.
byersjtx
, Feb 2020
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.
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Promises A Lot - Delivers The Lot.
jaymac
, Feb 2020
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!
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Highlight of our Dubai trip
catherinewilliams589
, Jan 2020
Fabulous! We did the Heritage Morning Falconry & 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.
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Wonderful
Veryan1966
, Dec 2019
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 !
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My Best Experience in Dubai
grahammolly
, Nov 2019
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!
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not to be missed
D5549EIjane
, Oct 2019
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.
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Excellent
GoPlaces40818177239
, May 2019
Scheduling the Falconry on our first morning during a Dubai stop over was the best thin we did. It was totally awesome.
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Loved this tour!!!
Jaime O
, May 2019
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!
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The desert in flight
Traveler12363416181
, Apr 2019
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!
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