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UAE's support to Purebred Arabian horses highlighted

Move will reflect in bilateral ties, ambassador to Germany says

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 00:00 August 10, 2010
  • Gulf News

Proud moment
  • Image Credit: Supplied
  • Mohammad Al Mahmoud (fourth from left), Abdullah Al Qubaisi (holding the trophy), Lara Sawaya, Talal Al Hashmi, Stephen Bowey, Adnan Sultan, winning jockey Philippe Sogorb who rode Saher, and other officials who participated in the prize distribution in Frankfurt on Sunday.

Frankfurt: The UAE Ambassador to Germany, Mohammad Al Mahmoud, said the Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival's Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race held in Frankfurt on Sunday was a reflection of the UAE's support to the Purebred Arabian breed of horses.

"The late Shaikh Zayed laid the foundation and now Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, is taking it to a new level," the envoy said.

"This is a great initiative by Shaikh Mansour and will reflect in the bilateral ties between the UAE and Germany," the UAE ambassador said.

"Germany has a strong tradition in Purebred Arabian horses and with such a large gathering here only goes to show that this initiative is in the right direction and it must be continued. Today's success is a signal that it must be done again and again," Al Mahmoud added.

Prize distribution

The UAE ambassador along with Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director of Communications, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), Lara Sawaya, Director of Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, Talal Al Hashmi of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Stephen Bowey of Invest AD, Adnan Sultan of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Mattar Al Shamsi of Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2010, participated in the prize distribution of Sunday's Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed)race.

Organised by (ADACH) in co-ordination with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Wathba Stud Farm, the race series is supported by Invest Abu Dhabi, Bonyan International Investment Group (Holding) LLC and Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2010.

"Despite the pouring rain just before the start of today's meeting a large crowd turned up and it was a great event. It was nice to see families along with their children enjoy the meeting and watch some top Purebred Arabian horses in action," said Al Qubaisi in a press release.

Lara Sawaya said, "This year's race here in Frankfurt was elevated to a Listed race status and the presence of quality runners has enhanced this event."

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