Hunting in the UAE

25 Mar 2013

Oryx, gazelle and deer on the menu from September...

There's a new resort hitting the UAE, but forget family-friendly. The Barari Hunting Resort near Al Ain is the region's first dedicated hunting hotel.

Open from September to April, visitors will be able to stay in one of 15 villas and hunt oryx, gazelle and deer before eating their kill at an evening BBQ.

"There is a
possibility that there are certain kinds of birds as well," Tarek
Elsherif, the managing director of Mourouj Hotels and Resorts who will run the hotel told The National.

"It will be prearranged
hunting in coordination with the UAE Environment [Agency] and it will of course
take into account safety and security."

"It's going to be a
very boutique hotel," added Mr Elsherif.

There will be 15
"royal" villas, each of which will have a private swimming pool,
Jacuzzi and sauna. Mourouj hopes that hunters who normally holiday in Africa or
Asia will consider the UAE instead.

A one-night stay is
expected to cost upwards of Dhs10,000 (US$3,673), and will include the hunting
excursion and use of the guns.

"It's going to be
an exclusive resort for people looking to hunt, so it is not going to be like a
family resort," said Mr Elsherif.

"The idea will be
that people will come to spend a few days hunting. We will be cooking whatever
they hunt, so in the evening they will have a barbecue of whatever they hunted
in the morning.

"They can just
relax and enjoy time away from civilisation and the stress of work just
practising their hobby."