HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival supports prestigious award
17 November, London, UK ~ The UAE Ambassador in London, HE Sulaiman Al Mazroui along with Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) gave away the Women of the Future Sport award to Paralympic archer Danielle Brown, world number one, winner of the Gold in two consecutive Paralympic Games and three World Championships.
It was a proud night for Purebred Arabian racing and HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival as over 500 business leaders congregated at the Hilton Park Lane, London for the coveted Women of the Future Awards on Wednesday, 16 November.
After receiving the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-sponsored Award, Brown said, “I was not expecting this award and I’m impressed, because all the women who were on the final ballot deserve this honor.”
Despite missing out on the award, HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship finalist Alice Mills achieved exceptional success during the Week of Women program, raising awareness of the challenges faced as a young female jockey together with increasing the ever-growing profile of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
HE Al Mazroui and Ms. Sawaya welcomed guests who had journeyed from the UAE to support the Festival’s inaugural sponsorship of the Women of the Future Sport Award, including Mr. Adnan Sultan Al Nuami, Director General Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Mr. Sultan Aouda, Managing Director, and Munira Marzouki and Moza Al Mansouri of National Feed & Flour Production & Marketing Company (LLC), Mansour Al Mansouri and Khalid Al Mansouri of the Emirates Falconers Club.
Great Britain’s Arabian Racing Organization (ARO), the Amateur Jockeys Association and the horse racing newspaper, the Racing Post, were also in attendance.
HE Al Mazroui said, “The UAE leads the way in supporting women and their empowerment and this conference supports women as entrepreneurs, sports and in all areas. We are pleased with the contribution of the UAE, through the UAE Embassy in the United Kingdom, and we are making efforts to boost such activities between the United Kingdom and the UAE.”
Ms. Sawaya commented, “We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs for this. Recognizing and celebrating high achieving women across a diverse range of industries is a cause very close to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s heart, and we are proud to support the Women of the Future Sport Award which aligns so closely with the values and philosophies 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 and Mother of the World.
‘We are delighted that Alice Mills was selected to go through to the finals and she has done a wonderful job to represent the Festival in the week’s leading up to the awards. She is an excellent ambassador for our sport and we hope, as a result of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Festival’s partnership with the Women of the Future Awards, we will further inspire people all over the world to become involved in the sport of Arabian racing.
Congratulations to Danielle Brown and the rest of the category winners who are all exceptional young women and role models to us all.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, IPIC as Strategic Partner, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.