Winged through a dream

Mankind began to engage in falconry hunting almost 2000 years before our era. Ancient Egypt, Asia, the territory of the modern Arab East, - evidence of our long-standing friendship with birds of prey are found literally everywhere. But while at the dawn of time, the task of falconry was precisely the supply of food, in medieval Europe the occupation has got already more of a status, aesthetic connotation, and turned into the prerogative of nobility.
Now you can meet a person with a falcon on the arm around the globe, if you're lucky, of course. Nevertheless, we are talking about a real exotic. Yes, ornithologists and their pets patrol the airports, discouraging the nesting of birds flying past them, and in the Netherlands, the police with their help are generally fighting against unauthorized launches of drones. But all this is rather an exception, a nice tribute to tradition against the background of the winning digital technologies.

There is only one place where falconry will surprise no one. In the Persian Gulf countries, this prestigious sport competes equitably with equestrian sport and enjoys the favor of several leading figures, for example, the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is enough to say that Falcon is even depicted in the emblem of the emirate and in the passports of its citizens!

In the UAE, the owners of pedigree birds of prey are so numerous that for their pets a specialized hospital has been functioning for several years. The growth of demand inevitably provokes a rise in prices, and the cost of some specimens is already approaching a million dollars. The most prestigious competition - the President's Cup of the UAE - also takes place here, in Abu Dhabi. Not surprisingly, the region provides employment to the senior niche professionals around the world.So, last year the first few lines of the tournament table in just a few categories were shared by the falcons of British breeder Bryn Close. They are so good that a few years ago, representatives of the ruling dynasty concluded an exclusive contract with the Englishman for the purchase of all the birds grown at his farm. The competitions are not limited to catching the prey only but include racing for drones and a speed race to cover a fixed distance.