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Posted Sun 08 Apr 2012 12:40:01 pm in News, Tourism & Hospitality | By News Desk

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8th April 2012 – Housing the region’s most diverse and active display of falcons, hawks, kestrels, owls and eagles, Banyan Tree Al Wadi offers an opportunity for guests to partake in the two-thousand year old tradition of falconry – the challenging artform of hunting with a trained bird of prey.  Falconry was added to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in November 2010, an award that speaks to the diligence, subtlety and skill required to master this activity.

“This ancient art is a very demanding endeavor, requiring dedication of time and energy from the falconer,” says Banyan Tree Al Wadi’s professional falconer, Mitchell Olivier, who has been practising falconry for ten years.

Banyan Tree Al Wadi currently houses a professionally-trained falcon team of two Harris Hawks, four Peregrine Falcons, two Desert Eagle Owls and a Steppe Eagle at its in-house falconry mews.  To learn more about these majestic birds, guests may take a walk through the resort’s nature reserve accompanied by a Harris Hawk (AED 180 per adult, AED 130 per child) or Steppe Eagle (AED 200 per adult), or witness a breathtaking display of various falcons and birds of prey during a demonstration (AED 230 per adult, AED 130 per child) conducted on the Falconry Deck, a tented platform amongst tall Ghaf trees on the crest of a sand dune.


To get up close and personal with these regal birds, a two-hour interactive experience can be witnessed at the falconry mews, including a live demonstration of falcon training with detailed explanations (AED 900 per adult, AED 750 per child). Guests who consider taking up falconry as a sport can sign up for an intensive two-day (16 hours) introductory falconry course – the first and only in the Middle East (AED 3,400 for in-house guests). Learn falconry theory on housing, husbandry, diseases and equipment, and gain practical skills on basic handling and training.

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