Falcon trainer in Dubai

Time Out Dubai meets a falcon trainer in Dubai, who works at Al Maha Resort. Find out a little more about falconry and Bedouin culture

When did you start training falcons?
When I joined Al Maha Desert Resort back in 2011.

What do you enjoy about working with these birds?
Every day it teaches you patience. If you don’t have patience, train with a falcon and believe me, they will teach it to you.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
Falcons can be very unpredictable and free-flying a newly trained bird can be nerve-racking.

Why is Dubai a good place for your line of work?
Falcons are a massive part of Bedouin culture and falconry is a huge sport in the UAE. From a field guide point of view, the natural surroundings here are what I am used to back in Africa. Out here we focus on all the small things, like tracking insects. In Africa, people just want to see the Big Five, so the smaller things
are ignored.

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