On Saturday, January 7, at Seih Assalam, the 119-kilometer Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup will be held in the Dubai International Endurance City.
Emirates Airline, one of the largest supporters of equestrian sports and racing in the nation and around the world, is the sponsor of the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup, the final and most prestigious race of the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Festival.
The Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup is one of the most well-known endurance events in the United Arab Emirates because of the high quality of the horses and riders and the large prize fund. It is anticipated that some of the best horses and riders will compete in the upcoming event with the intention of winning the coveted title.
Crown Prince of Dubai: The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is a world-class equestrian athlete. The festival demonstrates His Highness’s dedication to providing citizens of the UAE with numerous opportunities to participate in sports and excel. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed is well-known for his passion for endurance racing and other equestrian sports. He has participated in numerous endurance races and accomplished numerous notable feats in the sport.
The accomplishments of His Highness the Crown Prince are impressive. His Highness was crowned world champion of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France, organized by the International Equestrian Federation, after winning his second consecutive CISM World Military Endurance Championship in March 2014. After that, for the second year in a row, His Highness won the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup in 2015.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed has also won a number of notable international titles and given memorable endurance race riding masterclasses. His accomplishments in endurance racing and horse racing in general have greatly contributed to enthusing and enticing the younger generation of UAE citizens to this sport.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed is a patron of equestrian sports in the United Arab Emirates and has contributed significantly to the sport’s growth in the region in addition to his competitive career. He has contributed to the international promotion of the sport by supporting the establishment of equestrian centers and training facilities.
HH Sheikh Hamdan’s love of equestrian sports and accomplishments in endurance racing have made him more popular in the UAE and elsewhere. In endurance racing, one of his notable accomplishments was winning the gold medal in the equestrian event at the 2006 Asian Games.
Salem Hamad Malhouf Al Ketbi, holder of the title, was the winner of the previous Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup, which was held unusually at the beginning of the festival due to delays caused by rains the year before. Al Ketbi, winner of the World Endurance Championship, rode “Wilomere Anchor” for M7 Stables over the 119-kilometer course in 4:04:09 hours.
Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for the Gulf, Middle East, and Central Asia Region, made the following remarks during a press conference that was held today and was hosted by the Dubai Equestrian Club:
“All over the world, Emirates has a strong connection to horse racing and equestrian sports. We are honored to be a sponsor of the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup this year. We proudly embrace our customs and culture in the United Arab Emirates. The affection for horses is deeply ingrained in our heritage. The sporting traditions that honor horsemanship and these powerful and beautiful animals have echoed strongly in our past, present, and future.
“Emirates has a long history of sponsorship deals for sports. We are committed to supporting horseracing internationally and in the United Arab Emirates. We collaborate with numerous elite racing clubs and marquee races worldwide. Our support for this graceful sport is reaffirmed by our sponsorship of this world-class equestrian event. We are looking forward to the race because this race is a true demonstration of the horse’s endurance and the rider’s abilities.
General Manager of Dubai Racing Club and Dubai Equestrian Club, Major General Dr. Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, stated:
“Because it is named after Dubai Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Festival is one of the most significant events in the endurance racing schedule for the season.
“It celebrates His Highness’s association with this traditional sport, in which he had won numerous global titles personally. Following in the footsteps of his father, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, it is an expression of gratitude for His Highness’ support and contributions to the sport. Because he won the Endurance World Cup 2012 in the United Kingdom, HH Sheikh Hamdan is a world champion in endurance racing.
“We are grateful to Emirates Airline for their ongoing support of this prestigious endurance racing event. We are eager to see the best stables and riders in the region compete for this coveted Cup.