October 7, 2012, Paris ~ The UAE’s Ambassador to France, Mohammad Meer Abdullah Al-Raeesi received the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing’s (IFAHR) honour on behalf of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the UAE, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.
IFAHR chairman Sami Al Boenain presented a memento to the UAE envoy on the sidelines of the Qatar Prix de L’Arc De Triumphe Festival at Longchamp Racecourse on Sunday, in recognition HH Sheikha Fatima’s many initiatives to promote worldwide women sports in general and Arabian horse racing in particular.
The HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR has provided amateur as well as professional ladies jockeys the opportunity to compete in different tracks around the globe which provided a strong push to the development and progress of the sport. The wide media coverage to the competition has also attracted the attention of the public and contributed to the spread of the Arabian horse races.
Commenting on the IFAHR honour, Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General of the
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) said, “The honour that the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) has bestowed on Her Highness Sheikha Fatima is indeed a great honour to the country. Under the directives Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan , the Festival, organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) launched the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards to recognise and encourage the contribution of women to Pure-bred Arabian Racing.”
“The HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR has resulted in a huge step forward for lady jockeys in the UAE, the Arab countries and the world over,” he said.
Lara Sawaya, Director the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing said, “We are extremely delighted with IFAHR’s recognition of the support, guidance and wise leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the UAE, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.”
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, AlAwani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012,Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.