The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently became an international spotlight as it hosted three significant events concurrently. The country celebrated its 52nd National Day, marking its founding, while simultaneously hosting the ongoing COP28 climate summit in Dubai. The third event was the Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Festival for Purebred Arabian Horses, and the World Arabian Horse Forum, both held in Abu Dhabi.
UAE's Triple Event Hosting
The trio of events showcased the UAE's capacity to handle international events and celebrations concurrently. The National Day celebration was a testament to the country's growth and development since its formation in 1971. The COP28 climate summit, on the other hand, highlighted the UAE's commitment to addressing climate change and fostering sustainable development.
Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Festival for Purebred Arabian Horses
The third event, the Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Festival for Purebred Arabian Horses, held from November 28 to December 3, attracted over 400 guests from 40 countries. The 13th edition of the forum featured six sessions discussing various topics, including Arabian horse breeding, the future of Arabian horse racing, media and public relations, training challenges, the role of women in the sport, and the impact of social media on racing.
Highlight of the Arabian Horse Festival
The festival's highlight was the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Jewel race, with a prize of 5 million dirhams. Additional attractions were races in the city of Al Ain and the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak endurance race for women. The event emphasized the historic connection between Arabs and Arabian horses and the role of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan in promoting horse breeding and culture.
The festival, which began in 2009, has grown locally, regionally, and internationally, becoming a significant annual event in the horse racing industry. The successful hosting of these three events underlines the UAE's readiness to handle major international events, further elevating its profile on the global stage.