Racing Festival Grabs Attention at ADIHEX

Festival’s innovative stand proves huge attraction

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In front of the Welcome Attraction

In front of the Welcome Attraction

26 September, 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The 16th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) opened in the capital city of Abu Dhabi, UAE, at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center (ADNEC) on Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and immediately began to entrance guests and patrons.

His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, celebrating its tenth year, which also coincides with Zayed’s 100th year, has an impressive presence with over 3,600 square meters in the Equestrian Hall. The presence of the Festival at the exhibition is part of the of One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital program which focuses on Purebred Arabian horse racing. Sponsors and representatives from many countries welcome guests while showcasing their programs and specialities in the equestrian world.

Earlier in the day HE Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, one of the main sponsors of the Festival, visited the pavilion and praised its creativity and grandeur. He was given a tour of the pavilion by 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). Ms Sawaya explained the salient features of each of the booths which are represented by Middle Eastern, European and American equestrian-based companies, as well as the huge UAE presence.

The Festival’s welcome attraction is a unique concept celebrating ten years of the Festival shown by ten horses, one for each year. HE Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed expressed his happiness with the creativity and novelty of the exhibit.

This year’s theme highlights the life and legacy of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his work in the areas of falconry, sustainable hunting, his love of horses, and the protection of the environment. Ms Lara Sawaya stated,”We are pleased to have a huge presence at the 16th edition of the ADIHEX which is very important for us as we are celebrating the 10th year of the Festival. We expect a huge turnout in the next four days.”

ADIHEX is organized under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Ai Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers Club and supported by The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), The Department of Culture and Tourism ( DCT) and The Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee. ADIHEX is a government initiative that aims primarily to promote Sustainable Hunting, Environmental and Cultural heritage. The five-day annual event will conclude on 30 September 2018.

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