The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is the first community center in the United Arab Emirates that provides comprehensive animal health care services only to cats. Founded by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and opened on October 3, 1999, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has become the largest hospital in the UAE and the world with an influx of more than 110,000 patients since its opening. The falcons play an important role in Bedouin culture and Arab culture.
In 2010, Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital was appointed to manage the newly established Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter by a decision of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. ADFH is also the only authorized animal hospital in Abu Dhabi Emirate to conduct the neutrality of the Abu Dhabi Emirate TNR (Trap-Neuter-Run) program.
Founded in 1999 by a German veterinarian, ADFH sees thousands of birds every year. The stages of care range from the treatment of critical illnesses to the replacement of feathers to the soles of the feet. The game of falconry has deep roots in Abu Dhabi, and cannibals can cost tens of thousands of dollars, so ADFH is vital to the health and well-being of these predators. Take a guided tour of the center to learn about ancestral history, then visit the examination room and the aviary, where the lizards fly freely around you. You will have the opportunity to take pictures with the falcon ambassador. If you choose a luncheon, you will be invited to dine at a traditional Arab venue.
For 4,000 years in the United Arab Emirates and on the Arabian Peninsula, falcons have been used as an important means of hunting in a resource-rich country. These days, they are highly regarded and honored in the game of falconry as the national bird of the United Arab Emirates.
A large white SUV goes up outside the hospital. An anxious-looking man lifts a patient from his chair to a reception area where he waits patiently for a medical examination. Everything is completely normal – except that the patient’s head is covered with a leather hood and his feet are tied.
It is a typical example of Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the world’s leading veterinary clinic that treats more than 11,500 of its favorite bird owners as family members annually. The hospital, which opened in 1999, is very similar to a medical center. Once the birds have been examined, they are taken to a welding room where the medical team can measure and diagnose the symptoms immediately. Emergency cases – still wearing leather helmets that keep them calm – are placed on their feet until it is time for treatment. Emergency phones are rushed to the stadium where the team waits for 24 hours to make critical care that can last for hours. Later, sick birds were transported to intensive care units or cool air-conditioned valleys where they recover and are known for their frequent visits when they are visited daily by anxious owners.
We work in exactly the same way as a human hospital,” said Margrit Gabriele Müller, a zealous German veterinarian who has been in charge of the facility for more than 15 years. “Birds come to a general checkpoint where we see if something is wrong, if they need further tests, such as an X-ray or endoscope, and if they need surgery.” Some very sick falcons were placed in incubators originally designed for children. “What works for children usually works for the Hawks, because there are no tools or tools especially hawks, so we always have to take them somewhere else, Müller adds.” That’s why we love kids here. “
The level of care given to the falcons may seem out of place to outsiders, but in the UAE, where birds are revered as symbols of national pride and culture, it is common. “Scammers here love their birds as much as they love their children,” Müller said. Or more sometimes. He says it is not uncommon in the UAE for falcons to have their place in the living room at home. Sometimes they sleep next to their owner’s bed and even have a place in the office. Birds have passports and sometimes find their own business seats on planes.
In Europe and America, falconry is a game. But here at the Emirates, dandruff was a traditional meat hunt, “Müller said.” Life was very difficult in the desert and the clerks were essential to the survival of the Bedouin families. Not surprisingly, Abu Dhabi has invested heavily in Falcon Hospital, turning the dusty area near the main airport into a world-class glitter. The hospital now has 107 staff members, its own laboratory, a zoo and a small animal hospital. Provides training for veterinarians, students, lab specialists and specialists in particular.
Patients are regularly brought in from across the UAE and other Arabian Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. The hospital opens its doors to double-daily visits that allow the public to watch treatment, learn about work and feed the chicks. The award-winning experience is now one of the most attractive places in Abu Dhabi. Perhaps the most remarkable property of the hospital is Müller himself, a woman who dedicated her professional life to cocoons. The veterinarian was already focusing on birds when he was recruited in 2001 but says he initially struggled to gain the respect of hospital staff and fraudsters. It was great to get here, I wasn’t sure what to expect, he tells CNN just before he cleaned up his first surgery this morning. The first year or two was very difficult because the falconers did not accept me like a lady, as a Westerner. I brought some kind of medicine that they were not familiar with. For the staff, it was also difficult to have a lady as a manager, in charge. And when I arrived, I made changes in almost every aspect of life, in medicine, in the form of a machete, and even in the flow of work.
In the end, it was worth it, but it was a very long process to get to this stage. Significant improvements, he says, extend the life span of his patients from 12-15 to 18-20 years by encouraging falconers to bring in birds for regular check-ups. If you look at the little black eyes, it’s like magic, you say. “They are very beautiful and admirable. Working with falcons, is not just a ninth to the five-year job or regular animal work, because it is something you have to feel passionate about. Fraudsters need a special feeling to understand what they need, what they need. You need to hear it, It’s not a job, it’s a gift.
With members of the Abu Dhabi royal family among customers, Müller says there is always pressure to deliver results. The slave’s team will try their best to save the buck and we will not give up. Deceivers are very powerful, they fight. They do not want to die. You can hear this in falcon, falcon is trying to send this message to you, ‘please help me, save me. They are really communicative and you really understand what they want and that they are ready to fight. And if you keep those figs and return them to the owner and see the smile on his face and even tears of joy, it is a good feeling.