The United Arab Emirates is one of the most prosperous and famous countries in the world at the moment. The nation’s cities are legendary for their architectural feats, as well as the lifestyles of the inhabitants. As modern and relevant as the country is, the locals still pride themselves in some ancient traditions. Traditions such as hunting are very popular, especially through the utilisation of trained animals. Falconry is therefore extremely popular, with the raising of Salukis following closely behind. Due to these concepts being the pride of a nation, they are showcased in elaborate events, taking place in various five star hotels Abu Dhabi has to offer such as Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.
For these major shows, the birds of prey are trained extensively, usually for periods of about two months before the event. The nature of the training can vary, but some techniques involve methods such as getting the falcon to chase a moving car at speeds ranging up to eighty-five kilometres per hour for a distance of up to six or eight kilometres. Generally, such trainings are carried out at least once a day, and increased to twice a day occasionally to build stamina.
In addition to falcons, another creature that is bred for hunting is the Saluki, alternatively known as the Persian Greyhound. This particular breed of dog was used for hunting during very ancient times, and some believe that their name stems from a Sumerian word. Images of Salukis appear in pottery from ancient Mesopotamia which means that these creatures were used by people even six thousand years ago. They were known to travel with nomadic tribes through the desert.
If you ever find yourself in the United Arab Emirates, be sure to catch a show displaying the incredible hunting capabilities of these creatures. It is sure to be an experience to remember.
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United Arab Emirates is one of the popular destinations in Arabia among tourists. In the UAE, Abu Dhabi takes a special place in terms of attractions. 5 star hotels in Abu Dhabi welcome countless numbers of tourists from across the world annually. Many tourists come here with the intention of visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is the third largest mosque in the world which leaves all its visitors in awe. This regal structure is visible from the bridge adjoining the island of Abu Dhabi to the mainland. As tourists, a visit to this great iconic monument is a must do and hotels such as Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara take special care to incorporate this into tailored made excursion plans.
This 82 domed masterpiece can house around 40000 worshippers and is held together proudly by almost 1000 columns. The mosque also has the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet and the chandeliers here are 24 carats gold gilded. The main prayer hall’s eye-catching masterpiece is one of the largest chandeliers in the world – a 10-meter diameter and 15 meters height 12-ton weighing grand chandelier. Over 1000 tonnes of marble has been used to bring this masterpiece to life. Adding to the beauty of the mosque are the reflective pools surrounding it. A unique lighting system turns the gold and white colours shining in the sun to that which reflects the phases of a moon.
Visitors are welcome into the mosque except during prayer times. There is also an hour long free guided tour to explain the principles of Islam as well as points to some of the highlights of the grand interior. The first ceremony held at the mosque was the burial of its namesake – Sheikh Zhayed. Special care to be taken with attire and behaviour while within the premises.
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Sir Bani Yas Island is located in the south west region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The island is known to be the largest wildlife reserve and bird sanctuary in the Gulf, which covers an area of 87 square kilometres and was marked as a reserve by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1977. In Abu Dhabi, resort options are varied, however for those who are interested in staying on the island; properties like Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara are quite popular with tourists.
Sir Bani Yas Island has a number of lush mangrove forests which are home to dozens of bird and animal species. The mangroves were said to have been planted about 12 to 30 years ago. The most popular type of mangrove that grows around the island is known as the Grey Mangrove which is said to be the most salt tolerant and thus able to thrive in the waters around the gulf.
Grey Mangroves or commonly known as the Avicennia marina, usually grows as a tree or shrub, with some trees measuring to a height of ten metres. The bark is usually light grey with thick leaves that measure up to eight centimetres in length. The UAE is known to hold more than 3000 hectares of the grey mangroves, of which 2300 hectares can be found in Abu Dhabi. The mangroves provide the best breeding grounds for many fish and bird species.
As the mangroves are protected under the Federal Law 24, visitors to Sir Bani Yas Island are given the opportunity to plant mangrove saplings in the waters in order to help conserve this natural habitat, while also aiding in the growth in the number of birds and fish that call it their home.
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