Royal Equestrian Club Dubai launches International Equestrian Conference @ Dubai International Horse Fair
Titled “Dubai: The Heartbeat of the Equestrian World”, the inaugural Dubai International Equestrian Conference will shine a spotlight on pressing issues and cutting-edge research
Leading experts are set to share their insights and predictions on the region’s burgeoning equestrian industry during the first Dubai International Equestrian Conference this week.
Organised by the Royal Equestrian Club Dubai, in partnership with Dubai International Horse Fair, the conference takes place on 16 March and 18 March at Dubai World Trade Centre and alongside the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship. The events are held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.
“We are very pleased to launch the very first International Equestrian Conference organised by the Royal Equestrian Club Dubai and in partnership with Dubai International Horse Fair. This much-needed conference will allow professionals and experts in the equine industry to gain tremendous insights on best practices, pressing issues and success stories,” said Mustafa Ali Ahmed Amshan, Dubai Royal Equestrian Club CEO.
Global experts – breeders, stable owners, ministry officials, horse racing authorities and equestrian societies – sitting on various panels hail from Egypt, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland and the UAE.
Among the topics tabled for discussion is the future of Arabian horse breeds and whether they are in danger; ways of developing Arabian horse activities and races; preventing horse injuries in endurance races; and the absence of education methodology and its impact on the safety of endurance horses and riders.
Asma Alsharif, Portfolio Director, Exhibitions and Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Equestrian activities have long been an integral part of people’s lifestyles in the Middle East and have impacted various areas from endurance racing to horse racing, polo, dressage, show jumping and recreational riding. These activities have had a significant influence on how the UAE cities have grown and developed large-scale infrastructure projects over the years. The much-anticipated conference is the perfect opportunity to discuss the future of the industry, scientific breakthroughs, new therapies and rules and regulations.”
During Dubai International Horse Fair, more than 10,000 buyers, professionals, breeders and enthusiasts from over 20 countries in the equestrian industry will attend to widen their global networks with over 200 brands and companies. This year country participants are Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Qatar, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. New participating countries include Argentina, Russia, Slovenia and Turkey.
The Dubai International Horse Fair 2017 will be held in Za’abeel Halls 5 and 6 at Dubai World Trade Centre. Opening hours are 10am – 8pm on 16 March, 2pm – 8pm on 17 March and 11 am – 8 pm on 18 March. Admission is free of charge and open to trade visitors and the general public. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Pre-registration is now open at the show’s official website www.dihf.ae.
About Dubai International Horse Fair:
DIHF 2017 will be held from 16 – 18 March 2017 at DWTC. For the 13th consecutive year, the exhibition will serve as a forum for international manufacturers, distributors, retailers and equestrian enthusiasts. DIHF will be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance. The exhibition will once again be held alongside the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, a world-class competition for purebred Arabian horses. With the region’s largest display of equestrian equipment, services, products and interactive horse experiences, the three-day exhibition is expected to attract thousands of visitors.