Last year, it was the Camel Caravan that brightened up Dubai with colourful camels. This year it is a celebration of the Arabian horse

The brainchild of Ken and Patricia Palmer of Artworks LLC, this community public art project has brought together artists, art galleries, corporate groups, community groups, government departments, school and university students, children with special needs and charitable organisations to create a string of beautifully painted horses.

The graceful fibreglass steeds can be seen at roundabouts, along highways, outside malls and hotels and at the Nad Al Sheba Club, ready to welcome the thoroughbreds from around the globe due to arrive for the Dubai World Cup.

The equestrian artworks will later be auctioned to raise funds for various Dubai-based children's charities and art-related initiatives.

Celebration of the Arabian Horse is being held under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister and founder of Godolphin, the world's most prestigious thoroughbred stable.

Godolphin has sponsored 50 of the 100 horses, enabling several academic institutions and charitable organisations to be a part of this creative project.

Each horse is distinct and we all have our favourites, which keep changing as new horses trot into our neighbourhood.

One of my favourites is Monarch with the wings of a Monarch butterfly.

I also enjoy the horses lining Jumeirah Beach Road. I have changed my route home and drive unusually slowly just to look at them.

My favourite is the blue horse with wings representing Riding For The Disabled Association of Dubai (RDAD).

Named My Wish To Fly, it represents the freedom from crutches and wheelchairs that disabled children experience when riding RDAD ponies.

Another one that always makes me smile is the glittering mirror studded blue stallion outside the Fairmont Dubai and the horse with carriage at the Nad Al Sheba Club roundabout is charming and romantic.

All along Al Seef Road, you can enjoy the horses painted by students from various Dubai schools. These artworks reflect the energy and vigour of youth.

Several art galleries are also participating this year. Bougainvillaea, Dubai International Art Centre's golden horse with a delicate floral pattern is striking.

A horse covered with currencies of the world is appropriately stationed next to Emirates Bank.

Many of the painted beauties depict the culture of the various countries that the artists come from.

But with race day just around the corner, the horse of the moment surely is Racing Silks, on which are painted the colourful racing symbols that transcend culture and language barriers and are universally recognised in the racing world.

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