In the past falconry was a fundamental part of hunting food for eating in the United Arab Emirates. Saker falcons and Peregrine falcons were trapped along the coast during their fall migration, and after being properly trained, the birds were used for hunting. The following spring the falcons were released. In present days, with hunting banned in most areas, falconry has declined and transformed into a mixture of sport and tradition. The birds are no longer caught on the coast but imported from abroad.