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Groups of hunters would set up a main compound called 'Al Ennah'. This is where all the preparations, movements and operations are controlled from.
The hunters use their falcons to catch prey and the falcon that has brought down the prize catch is considered the best falcon. Trained falcons will hold and wound a bustard without killing provided they can be enticed off the prey in time. It was essential to cut the bustard’s throat and draw blood while it was still alive in order to make it lawful to eat its flesh.
The relationship between falcon and hunter is close – like that between a dog and master in the UK. During the hunt, the falcon sits on a the hunter's arm in a leather glove or sleeve that is called a mangal. The hunter will use a lure - for example a few feathers on a chain; to attract the bird back to him. It is also used in training, where the bird attacks the lure whilst it is swung around.
To keep them calm when not hunting, the birds where a hood called a burka. This is the same name as the head covering worn by some Emirati women.