Qatar, the country where the hawks have a hospital and can cost more than US$ 250,000

The link between the Qataris and falcons dates back more than 5,000 years, when hunting for meat in the desert, in the fight for survival, gradually spread from Iran, through the Middle East, to Qatar.

For a Qatari there is nothing more revered and admired than a falcon, a bird that has become the national animal. They are not only part of exhibitions, international tournaments, fans or breeding, but they are treated as a pet to be trained, protected and cared for as part of the family.

Falcons in the Middle East are so beloved by their owners that they can travel with them on planes carrying a special passport.

These birds usually live between 12 and 15 years. and their cost makes them not suitable companions for all budgets. Acquiring the animal, training it or caring for it is quite an expensive hobby.

lovers falconry the art of raising and training birds, meet at the Falkon Souk to find in this market specimens as beautiful as they are expensive, most of which come from Iraq or Pakistan.

Although a falcon can be worth between 4,000 and 10,000 dollars, this amount can increase considerably, typical of the luxury that exists in this market.

In the last S’hail, the international event that takes place in Doha, where you can buy and sell the precious birds and everything you need for your hunting expedition in the desert, A copy was auctioned for 911,000 Qatari riyals, which in exchange is equivalent to about $250,000.

“In Qatar, the bigger and whiter, the more expensive it is. They love the color white. And the females are the most expensive to breed,” says Alberto Relaño, representative of Bronces Relaño, a family business that makes bronze falcon sculptures in Spain.

These precious birds are sold at exorbitant prices for purely aesthetic reasons, according to the same media outlet. Its value is defined by its color, its origin and its race. For example, if these come from the Mongolian or Iraqi steppes, the prices skyrocket.

Likewise, A female is always valued much more for being able to breed.

Their upbringing and care implies a strong investment, to the extent that in Doha there is an exclusive hospital for the care of these birds in the Souq Waqif, social epicenter in the center of the Qatari city.

The highly complex hospital for falcons has modern equipment for medical care. It is estimated that up to 150 falcons with different needs can be attended to each day.

The jobs range from claw filing to feather implantation, a very careful procedure, since they can be lost in the wild, which minimizes their value or aesthetics.

In this place we can expect exactly the same thing that we will find in a (luxury) hospital for people: waiting rooms with hawk tripods, sofas in the waiting rooms, windows to manage visits, emergency rooms and even a small museum to know all the peculiarities of these animals.