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I woke up at dawn to follow a top falconer training the fastest creatures on earth to compete for a $7 million prize, and found the Middle East’s oldest pastime both grisly and thrilling
|January 16, 2019||Posted by TravelKinds.Com under General||
- Though falconry has existed in cultures throughout history, it has a central role in the United Arab Emirates and Middle Eastern culture, where nomads have long used falcons to hunt for food.
- In the UAE, falconers train their falcons, which can cost up to $60,000 a bird, to race at hundreds of miles an hour in the President’s Cup, a national competition where the fastest falcons can win up to $7 million in prizes. For some, the pricey birds have become a status symbol akin to fancy European sports cars.
- I spent a day with the top trainers at the Abu Dhabi read more >>>
Source : BusinessInsider.Com