The Dubai International Horse Fair – the perfect gateway to the region’s ever growing equestrian market. Dubai International Horse Fair showcases the full range of international equine products, for horse owners, breeders, equine professionals and leisure riders in the Middle East. The three-day event comprises the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, a showcase and competition of the heritage, beauty and agility of the world’s finest Arabian horses, with USD4 million (AED15 million) in prize money and the Dubai International Horse Fair, the region’s leading equine exhibition with more than 200 exhibitors and brands. Free to attend, the Dubai International Horse Fair has something for everyone. From leisure and professional riders to Arabian horse owners, stables, clubs and enthusiasts, you’ll see it all at the biggest equestrian event of the year. During it also the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship. The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship is a competition for Purebred Arabian horses, showcasing their beauty, agility & heritage. It is run over 3 days culminating in the Championship classes for the most exquisite horses.
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also toured the 9th edition of the Dubai International Horse Fair at the Dubai World Trade Center,on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Inside the fair also a heritage village, where you can get in touch with the emirati culture, its traditional food, dress, house and handcraft.
Over the last ten years Dubai has benefited from multi-billion dollar infrastructure investments to promote the equestrian market in general and the purebred Arabian horse in particular.
The UAE racing market trebled in size between 2005 and 2010. GCC developments include new facilities at Nad Al Sheba, grandstands in Sharjah, Ghantoot and Abu Dhabi, the racecourse in Al Ain, a new Polo Club in Dubai and new racecourses in Bahrain and Qatar. World forage trade volumes doubled overnight when the UAE tendered the world to import.
Exhibitor Goetz Kahl, owner and CEO of Fine Arts Wohnkultur from Gernamy, displayed during the fair also a gold plated horse sculpture. He said
We have a very special design by the famous artist Alberto Carlos, a pure Arabian rearing stallion that is three metres high, over 200kg and plated with almost one kilogram of 24-carat gold leaf. This horse is the first of a limited edition of 9 pieces worldwide and we are proud to have it displayed for the very first time at the Dubai International Horse Fair. The cast can last for more than 500 years and the gold surface lasts for over 100 years indoors. This horse sculpture, including design and casting, can take almost a year to finish and is priced at AED490,000.