Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum opens Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship Fair 2014

DUBAI: Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority, today formally inaugurated the 11th Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship and the 10th Dubai International Horse Fair at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The two simultaneous events, running until March 23rd, will gather a host of global and regional equine industry players across every segment of the professional and recreational segments – from stable and horse owners, breeders, professionals and veterinarians, to service and care providers, specialist product providers, leisure riders and everyday horse enthusiasts.

“We thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, U.A.E. Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and U.A.E. Minister of Finance, and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority, for their on-going support and patronage of the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship and Fair,” said Ziad Abdullah Galadari, Chairman, Higher Organising Committee of Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship.

“The Middle East is globally-recognised as an international equine capital and these world-class events continue to showcase the legendary grace, beauty, speed and power of genuine Arabian thoroughbreds in an accessible, family-orientated environment.” In addition to showcasing the region’s lucrative equine industry, the Dubai International Horse Fair will provide several exciting activities for families and the general public, including polo demonstrations organised by the Dubai Polo Club and Equestrian Club this coming Saturday, an equestrian-themed Art Gallery and a celebration of local culture at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) organised Heritage Village, which will showcase the U.A.E.’s authentic cuisine, clothing, handicraft, calligraphy and more.

Elsewhere, 100 Arabian horse breeds of best-in-class pedigree from local studs will go under the hammer at the Horse Auction for Arabian Purebred Horses. Held on the final day of the show, the auction is anticipated to attract hundreds of prospective regional buyers.

With more than 200 participating companies and brands from five continents represented at the fair, new country participants include France, Iran, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Tanzania. Leading international and local companies and organisations will showcase a range of products and services to cater to the burgeoning regional equine industry.

Participating companies include Ajman Stud, Al Hawajer Stud, Dubai Arabian Stud, Dubai Equine Hospital, Dubai Racing Channel Studio, Jebel Ali Racecourse and Shadwell Stud, based in the United Kingdom, among others. Admission is free of charge and open to trade visitors and the general public.