The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s first and largest hospital dedicated to the Falcon, the UAE’s national bird. Since opening their doors in 1999 under the direction of a prominent German veterinary surgeon, the unique hospital has seen about 6,000 birds pass through each year, occupying the 200 air-conditioned treatment rooms. The sport of falconry has deep roots in the nation’s culture and the valuable birds are issued passports to get access to high-quality check-ups, treatments and feather substitutions. Guided tours can be booked to get an insight into the history of the sport and can see a free-flight aviary, witness a falcon pedicure and even make friends with the birds perched on your arm.