The “Mohamed bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy” school in Ramah and Tilal resort in Al Ain region witnessed a great demand for learning the art of Arab falconry and the traditions of living in the desert. Until today, the school has been able to attract 2021 students of both sexes, of whom 1163 are from Males and 858 females, as well as organizing special programs that attract tourists and VIP guests from Abu Dhabi and the UAE, as the school has become today a major educational, cultural and tourism destination in the region.
In light of the precautionary measures to prevent the Corona epidemic, the school affiliated to the Emirates Falconers Club has moved for a period towards e-learning, as it provided workshops specialized in online falconry to the summer schools of the Ministry of Education, while the distance learning programs continue for their fifth season on a weekly basis According to the latest technologies, in partnership with the School Links Program of the International Federation of Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF /), and the Al-Dar Academy in Al-Ain.
The Mohammed bin Zayed School for Falconry and Desert Physiognomy was inaugurated in December 2016, as the world’s first pioneering platform specialized in teaching the art of Arab falconry, as the school received its first batch of students between the ages of 7 and 17. The school has been participating in the most important heritage events to introduce its programs, foremost among which are the Sheikh Zayed Festival and the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, which will be held in its next session from September 27 to October 3, 2021.
His Excellency Majid Ali Al Mansoori, Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers Club, explained that the school aims to raise awareness of the value of falconry as a human heritage, and to instill the correct principles and practices of this authentic Arab heritage in its youth. This initiative forms part of the efforts exerted to deepen communication between the present and the past, and to revive the achievements of the pioneering falconer in the world, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and his original approach to preserving the sport of falconry and passing it on to future generations.
And he considered that the 2020-2021 season was positive for falconry in the Emirates and many countries of the world, in conjunction with the celebration last November of the 10-year anniversary of the registration of falconry in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, with the number of countries joining the registration process doubling to 22 countries.
The Mohammed bin Zayed School for Falconry and Desert Physiognomy offers a range of distinct educational programs, including: theoretical lessons in falconry its types, anatomy, prey, principles of falconry and its ethics, how to preserve falcons the foundations of dealing with them, and how to sustain them, practical lessons for falconry Dealing with falcons, training, breeding, caring for and preserving them, desert ferasa morals, traditions, and ethics to be followed, and identifying the importance of the Houbara bustard in Arab falconry.
The school organizes introductory courses suitable for all ages and various abilities, visits and recreational activities for visitors, tourists and UAE guests, comprehensive educational programs for school students and official and private entities, and family courses on the experience of living in the desert environment, the practice of falconry and traditional Arab hospitality.
The school includes a library, a collection of old and rare falconry equipment, and an exhibition that includes a unique bouquet of pictures of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as he shares his favorite hobby.
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