The pure Arabian mare that will be put up for auction by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud for the Reading Nation campaign. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud, a leading stud for pure Arabian horses, has announced that it will put up an Arabian mare for sale at the Reading Nation charity auction at Madinat Jumeirah on June 21.

Reading Nation was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the first day of Ramadan. It aims to provide five million books to children in refugee camps and underprivileged students in schools across the world.

Next week’s auction will be held to support the drive under the directions of Shaikh Mohammad, who is providing some of the items from his collection.

The auction will also feature De Lamar, a one-year-old mare of pure Arabian breed. De Lamar is the daughter of Fa El Rasheem, a champion winning horse.

Mohammad Al Tawhidi, director general, Dubai Arabian Horse Stud, said: “Our participation in the campaign is inspired by our commitment to enhancing the lives of underprivileged people in the country and the wider region. We are proud to be part of the campaign that will have a positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of children all over the world and contribute to improving their future and the future of their societies and nations.”

Emirates Auction, the leading UAE-based auction company in the Middle East, has announced it is facilitating electronic bidding via its website (www.emiratesauction.com) in the run-up to the Reading Nation charity auction.

Abdulla Matar Al Mannai, Executive Director, Emirates Auction, said: “The items to be auctioned are each very valuable and exceptional in their own right. We expect a strong response to the electronic auction sessions and the actual event at the Madinat Jumeirah and encourage people to participate in large numbers to achieve the goals of the campaign.”

Announcing the Reading Nation auction last week, Shaikh Mohammad kicked off preparations by donating items from his official collection that includes a 106-year-old piece of the Kaaba cover (Kiswa), embroidered with gold and silver threads. The Vice-President has also donated a number of items including paintings and works of art.

Other items of interest to go under the hammer include five distinguished licence plate numbers contributed by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Emirates Telecommunication Corporations Group (Etisalat) and the Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (Du) will also offer ten distinguished telephone numbers to the highest bidders.

The campaign will continue until the 19th day of Ramadan that coincides with Zayed Humanitarian Day. The goal of the campaign is to provide five million books to needy students in refugee camps and underprivileged students in schools around the world. Two million books will be provided to children and students in refugee camps.

The campaign will also facilitate the supply of two million books to some 2,000 school libraries around the world. In addition, Reading Nation will support the foreign educational programmes of Emirati humanitarian organisations through donating one million books to this cause.

For more information about the campaign or for contact numbers, visit www.readingnation.ae