A TRULY EXPENSIVE TRADITION

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Wealthy residents of the small emirate of Qatar literally pay in gold for beautiful specimens of the white falcon...

For pure white falcon, which in its mighty feathers has no other color, they are willing to pay up to two million dollars. Just as in many other countries, falconry in Qatar is part of a family tradition. When we take into account the fact that Qatar is the country with the highest standard of living in the world, this tradition is transformed into a kind of passion.

In the center of the capital, Doha is the Souq Waqif market. Dozens of birds, with their caps, patiently wait for its owner. When they find him, period of getting to know each other begins. The falcon gets used to the owner and the smell of his body, in order to know where to come home to when it flies away for an adventure. In any case, tiny navigation devices are installed on them, which enable owners to use the computer or phone to find their bird, if it is not able to find a way home.

The prices of these birds are colorful. The more white feathers, the more money it is worth. The starting price for the snow-white falcon with only a few dark feathers amounts to $ 200,000. A simple calculation leads to the conclusion that because of only one dark falcon feathers price may fall to $ 100,000.

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