Mohmaed Dekkak at Dubai International Horse Fair

Mohamed Dekkak attended Dubai International Horse Fair (DIHF)

Dubai International Horse Fair: A Gathering of International Equestrian Community

The international equestrian community from regional equine industry players, aspirant horse riders of all ages, to horse enthusiasts meets at the annual Dubai International Horse Fair and the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship from March 21-23, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in the city of Dubai, UAE.

More than 10 thousand professionals, buyers, breeders and aficionados from over 25 nations with fresh additions from China, Serbia, Chile, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Turkey among others are anticipated to attend the said event and to share ideas and expand their global networks with more than two hundred brands and companies.

Carried out under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, this event will present the latest equestrian items, horse therapies as well as the finest horse breeds across the globe.

The Equestrian Industry

The current equine industry is estimated to be around 300 billion dollars worldwide and provides 1.6 million full-time jobs. Home to some of the event’s exhibitors such as Equine Products UK and Barriers International, the United Kingdom, is internationally recognized as the top source of all things equestrian with out of the country market presently estimated at over GBP500 million. A returning exhibitor to the fair, Multi Radiance Medical is based in the United States where 7 million Americans are directly involved in the industry with two million owning horses themselves.

The fair will also highlight renowned brands that specialize in modern art stables, riding apparel, feeds, and garments.

The significance of Horses in the Arab World

Mohamed Dekkak Participated and the video is made at the Dubai International Horse Fair (DIHF)

The United Arab Emirates is becoming one of the world’s leading hubs for the Equestrian Community with international presentations and events presently organized each year in the UAE. Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship’s Higher Organizing Committee Chairman, Ziad Abdullah Galadari, stated that horses shape a significant piece, particularly of the Arab heritage.

Attending the event is like having a first-hand experience of Emirati culture. With horse-riding strongly rooted in the culture of the Middle East, the fair’s Heritage Village will foster the rich history and culture of the UAE. The Heritage Village is a unique feature appreciated by all visitors and exhibitors alike. Adorned with colorful and rustic displays, the Heritage Village is an inspiring spot that features henna tattoos, traditional Bedouin houses, falconry, local meals, and the UAE’s art crafts.

DWTC director Asma Al Sharif stated, “We are proud to host the 15th edition of the Dubai International Horse Fair which continually supports the growing equine sector of the region.” Each year, the organizer sees a wider international interest in the fair as they get ready to welcome buyers, exhibitors, breeders and aficionados from different parts of the globe, including newcomers from Asia, Europe, and the US who come to network, grow their businesses and build opportunities within one of the most vibrant equine industries in the world.

16th Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship

Organized together with Dubai International Horse Fair, the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship will not just showcase the top of the line horses but will too pave way for the finest breeds to race on a global stage.

With four million dollars or 15 million dirham prize money at stake, the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship will exhibit the magnificent Arabian steeds estimated at around one million to two million dollars to horse enthusiasts.

Show Highlights

Dubai International Horse Fair offers a range of entertainment and educational activities.

  1. Exhilarating performances and demonstrations by Dubai Police

Bringing in members of Dubai Police’s highly trained canine unit to exhibit their skills towards detection on a variety of substances like illegal drugs, explosives, wildlife scat, blood, money, and contraband electronics. Adding to the excitement of the Fair is the rare performance by Dubai Police band and the force’s own horseback tent-pegging contest.

  1. Spanish performances by Team Z7

Team Z7 presents Spanish horses in a magnificent dressage routine, a verification to the long years of practice and training. New for this year, they bring some of their exhilarating performances such as western riding, rodeo riding, and bullfighting.

  1. The Emirates Falconers Club

The Emirates Falconers Club will make their introduction at the Dubai International Horse Fair with a presentation of their distinct breed of falcons, hosting live hunting sessions and sharing their know-how on the rich history of the Falcon and its importance in Emirati culture.

  1. The Arabian Saluki Centre

Joining the event for the first time is the Arabian Saluki Centre wherein they showcase a number of their most prized Saluki hunting dogs, emphasizing on the art of hunting with these lovely creatures who in contrast to the majority of canine breeds rely on sight rather than scent to hunt down their prey at a really fast pace.

  1. Lamborghini unveiling

Speaking of speed, Lamborghini, DIHF’s official car sponsor will unveil the latest Urus model during the event. It is tagged as the first Super Sports Utility Vehicle (SSUV) in the world. The SSUV will prove its value to the equine world by towing a horse trailer during the show.

Equestrian Themed Art Gallery

Artists with a passion for horses have gathered at Dubai International Horse to present their horse-themed masterpieces to the regional equestrian community and those who have a keen interest in art.

 

International and local artists are displaying their finest equestrian art pieces at the assigned Art Gallery space, which returns this year. Furthermore, art and decor pieces with an equestrian theme from the likes of Equine Art, Reem Gallery, Baba Art will be on offer to the public in a wide gallery together with other artists from different parts of the globe.

 

Internationally recognized sculptors, painters, and sketch artists will reveal their horse-themed artworks. These comprises of complex life-sized sculptures, oil paintings, mixed media pieces including acrylics, bronze, copper, leather, recycled horseshoes, and other bespoke items.

 

Jack Art Gallery’s Jack Lee, both an artist and teacher expressed that the fair has given them enough time to network with possible collectors especially those interested in UAE’s culture and heritage as well as equestrian art. It is the first time that Jack Art Gallery from Abu Dhabi is exhibiting a distinct collection of oil paintings that depicts noble Arabian steeds and stunning portraits of the royal family of UAE.

 

For many participating galleries, the Dubai International Horse Fair is a venue to catch up with their clients and expand their network. Coming all the way from Canada, the Magic of Originality Fine Arts Gallery is back to the Dubai International Horse Fair for the 12th time bringing with them a spectacular collection of oil paintings which bring to life the magnificence of the Arabian Horse. Their artist Ali Mohsen Al Mimar, shared that he has painting Arabian horses for more than twenty-eight years and had developed good relationships with clients through the Fair.

 

 

Making its debut at the Dubai International Horse Fair is Baba Art from Belgium. The company showcases intricate sculptures of horses and camels utilizing recycled horse shoes coated in gold or black. The event draws in equestrian aficionados and has given many artists the chance to share their artworks with a wide audience.

3rd Edition of the Dubai International Equestrian Conference

Organized at The Dubai World Trade Center alongside the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship and the Dubai International Horse Fair, 3rd Dubai International Equestrian Conference which carries under the theme, ” Dubai – the Heartbeat of the Equestrian World” will be presented on a 3 day conference event.

 

An assembly of equestrian experts and high profile speakers from the countryand abroad will address prospects of equestrian education in the Arab World, and youth experiences in equestrian sports – challenges and achievements.

 

Opening Ceremony began with speeches delivered by UAE leaders: H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, H.E. Mirza Al Sayegh, Office Manager of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Mr. Mustada Ali bin Ahmed Amshan, Conference Chairman. The conference was hosted by Diana Al-Nabulsi, Diana Scoop Magazine’s Founder and editor.

 

The first day’s topic to be discussed looks into the U.A.E. and Saudi efforts to develop Arabian horse races locally and internationally. Moderated by Sultan Saeed Hareb, Media and Horse racing analyst.

 

First day event speakers tackling on the first panel of dicsuccion are:

 

HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Chairman of the Arabian Horse Organization and Owner of Athbah Racing Stable

 

His Royal Highness Prince Fahad bin Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

General Supervisor of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz

International Arabian Horse Festival

 

Sheikh Hamed bin Khadem bin Butti Al Hamed

One of the Famous Owners of Arabian Horses

 

His Excellency Mirza Al Sayegh

Office Manager of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance (United Arab Emirates)

 

His Excellency Mattar Suhail Al-Yabhouni

Member of the UAE Federal National Council and Member of Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of the President Cup for the Arabian Horses – (United Arab Emirates)

 

Efforts regarding breeding of the purebred Arabian horse was the topic discussed during the second panel discussion set at 3:30pm to 5pm and moderated by Mohamed Ahmed, Media and Horse Racing Expert

 

The second set of speakers for the first day includes:

 

Sheikh Hamed bin Khadem bin Butti Al Hamed

One of the Famous Owners of Arabian Horses (United Arab Emirates)

 

His Excellency Khaled Al Naboodah

Horse Owner and Breeder, Al Aweer Farm (United Arab Emirates)

 

Professor Dr Twink Allen

Head of Equine Reproduction laboratory

Sharjah Equine Hospital (United Arab Emirates)

 

Ms. Deirdre Hyde

Arabian Horses Production And Generation Consultant

International Judge (ECAHO) (United Arab Emirates)

 

The second day of the conference discusses about the Arabian Women and Equestrian Sport, its Hopes and Ambitions. The first discussion panel sees Ms. Siham Al-Shehhi as the moderator. She’s a passionate horse rider and media presenter in Fujairah Tv in UAE.

 

First set of the second day speakers includes:

 

Her Royal Highness Princess Dilayl bint Nahar bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Horse Rider and member of the Saudi Equestrian Federation (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

 

Sheikha Najla bint Salman Al Khalifa, Horse Rider and Trainer (Kingdom of Bahrain)

 

Dr. Maryam Al-Shanasi, Former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment (United Arab Emirates)

 

Ayesha Al – Fuqaei, Founder of the Cultural Club of Equestrian and Poetry Graduate of the first batch of Masar Godolphin (United Arab Emirates)

 

Fatima Al Baloushi, Horse Rider (United Arab Emirates)

 

The second panel discussion revolves around the topic of global rends in animal welfare, specifically on horses as well as the mechanisms of their implementation. The topic is moderated by Dr.Ali Al – Twaissi, Head of Veterinary Section, UAE Equestrian Federation.

Speakers for the second discussion topic is consist of:

 

Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah bin Ali Al Khalifa Ambassador of Kingdom of Bahrain to the UAE &Vice President of the International Equestrian Federation (Kingdom of Bahrain)

 

Sheikh Dr.Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Haddad, Head Mufti and Director of fatwa Department, Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department (United Arab Emirates)

 

Dr. Ali Alduwairej, Director General of Health and Veterinary Control & Supervisor of the Animal Welfare Department, Ministry of Environment (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

 

Dr. Manal Al Mansouri, Founder & President of YANNI Animal Welfare And Animal Welfare Activist (United Arab Emirates)

 

Moderated by Dr. Maryam Al-Shanasi, Former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment, the last day of the conference seeks to discuss about the prospects of the equestrian education in the Arab world.

 

His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Jazan Equestrian Council (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

 

Prof. Dr. Muthanna Abdul Razzaq, President and CEO of the American University in Emirates (United Arab Emirates)

 

Mr. Ahmed Ali Al Hammadi Director of Equestrian Academy – Al Fursan Resort International Judge and lecturer (United Arab Emirates)

 

Ayesha Al – Fuqaei, Founder of the Cultural Club of Equestrian and Poetry Graduate of the first batch of Masar Godolphin (United Arab Emirates)

 

Moderating the last topic included in the three day conference is Mr. Hamza bin Obaid Al-Ajlani. Member of the Saudi society for animal welfare, works for the community management for awareness and partnership in Ministry of Environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The topic tackles the youth experiences in equestrian sport, its challenges and achievements.

Speaker includes:

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Sultan bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Prince Mohammed bin Sultan Stables (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Mr. Ghazi al-Hakami, Secretary General of Jazan Equestrian Council (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Abri, Chairman of the Shinas State Equestrian Committee (Sultanate of Oman)

Mr. Juma’a bin Subaih Al-Falasi, Founder and CEO of Just Ladies Stables (United Arab Emirates)

Umm Kalthoum Al – Baarqi, Horse Rider & Founder of Saheel Smart Application (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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