Falconry is very popular because of the form of the sport itself. The skill of hunting quarry with a trained falcon has existed in the Arabian Peninsula since time immemorial and continues to be highly prized among UAE citizens today.
In 1977 HH Sheikh Zayed declared a large part of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi a conservation zone as part of his plans to preserve the country's wildlife.
Trained falcons are often released in the spring after the hunting season to migrate to their breeding grounds. This is to overcome the high risk of illness that occurs in summer.
Birds can be bought from trappers in and around Dubai and often are considerably expensive. Part of the traditional attraction of the sport is to catch wild birds and train them on one's own.