A man drives with his falcon in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 3, 2015.
Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds.
Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence.
The practice of falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity' list.
The national emblem of the United Arab Emirates is comprised of a golden Falcon holding onto a red parchment, which depicts the name of the country.