Russian President Vladimir Putin has given Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan a gyrfalcon.
In turn, Putin received a model of the palace of Qasr al-Hosn as a gift. This palace is the former residence of the President of the UAE and the oldest fortress in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The day before, on 14 October, Vladimir Putin presented a bird of the same breed to the Saudi King Salman. The bird is one of the largest species of falcons and is listed in the Red Book of Russia. Falconry is a popular sport among wealthy Arabs; in Saudi Arabia, a rare falcon breed can cost as much as 250,000 Saudi riyals ($66,000).