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.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.