His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, praised the fourth edition of the Dubai International Equestrian Conference, which was held over a period of three days in the conference hall of the Dubai Sports Council under the generous patronage of His Highness.
The conference was organized under the slogan “Safe Equestrian in a Time of Pandemic”, in cooperation and partnership with the Dubai World Trade Center and the Dubai International Horse Fair, and with the support of the Dubai Sports Council.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, “It is a pleasure for me to welcome the fourth edition of the Dubai International Equestrian Conference, which represents a conscious initiative, consistent with global trends towards developing awareness of equestrian activities and developing its legislation and ways to practice it in accordance with legal controls, and based on the best.” Practices that take into account the interest and welfare of horses, according to the highest international standards.
His Highness added that the establishment of this conference in the country carries great connotations that are inspired by the spirit and values of equestrianism, which is an integral part of our national heritage, and is consistent with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State “may God protect him” and his brother His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the State and Ruler of Dubai, “may God protect him” by upholding the Emirati equestrian status, so that our national experience can be a model for the rest of the world to follow.
He explained that the conference had a distinctive qualitative and numerical participation of experts and practitioners in equestrian and horse riding, who enriched its sessions with discussion and dialogue, and dealt with the issues presented with a great deal of sophistication, objectivity and awareness, and dealt with fundamental issues that touch the concerns of Arab and international equestrian and develop appropriate solutions that accompany the nature of this activity Bio.
His Highness particularly noted the high participation of His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Saad bin Nasser Al-Shathry, Adviser at the Royal Court and a member of the Council of Senior Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for his statement on the status of horses in Islam, the provisions for holding races, types of competitions, the provisions of horse Zakat and some legal fatwas related Equestrianism, which confirms the perfection and comprehensiveness of the Sharia.
And the price of the participation of all the speakers in the conference sessions who contributed to its success through their conscious presentation of fundamental issues, which they all experienced on the ground, being people of horses and equestrianism, they have all our gratitude and appreciation.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum praised the efforts of the conference president, saying … “In conclusion, I would like to thank the conference president, Brother Mustafa Ali bin Ahmed Amshan, for his adoption of the idea of the conference and the sincere efforts he is making to implement it in an admirable manner, with my best wishes for success and success.”
The conference concluded its work the day before yesterday, and witnessed three discussion sessions during which the speakers provided valuable information and opinions. The sessions also witnessed interventions and questions from the followers of the conference, which is held remotely through videoconferencing.
The first session of the activities of the third day was entitled: “Gulf women’s participation in speed races,” in which Salha Al Ghurair, the first female speed racing trainer in the UAE, Sarah Bint Mohammed Al Qahtani, the first female speed racing trainer in Saudi Arabia, and Mudawi bint Hamad Al Qahtani, the Saudi female speed races champion, participated in it. In addition to Salima Al-Talei from the Sultanate of Oman, the first Arab horse in the history of purebred Arabian horse racing, the first Arab rider in Australian races, Aisha Al-Faqei from the Emirates, a jockey, founder of the Equestrian Club and Poetry, and a graduate of the first batch of the Godolphin track.
The speakers presented a summary of their experiences during the session moderated by Hamza al-Ajlani from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in Saudi Arabia, and the speakers agreed that Gulf women faced many challenges but were able to overcome them, thanks to the encouragement and confidence they found from the leaders of their countries in addition to the governmental support and encouragement of society and their families.
The second session was titled: “General Guidelines for Equestrian Persons in Light of the Covid 19 Pandemic,” in which Dr. Ali Al-Dourij, Director General of the Department of Health and Veterinary Control at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in Saudi Arabia, spoke about the importance of adhering to all measures from health authorities to combat this pandemic and that many diseases and epidemics It is often shared between humans and animals, but no infection with the “Covid 19” virus has been recorded between horses.
As for the third session, which was titled “The Impact of Coronavirus on Horses … and General Questions from Knights, Trainers and Horse Owners,” Dr. Ali Al-Twaisi, Head of the Veterinary Department at the Emirates Equestrian Federation and an international lecturer. He pointed out that the Emirati season, despite its late start, came out distinctively despite the pandemic, thanks to the support and attention of the wise leadership.
The conference concluded with the last session presented by the young man, Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Al Qasim, a researcher in equine research affairs from the United Arab Emirates, in which he touched upon the subject of the physiological nature of mares during the vaccination period and the challenges that horse owners face in the production season.
Following the conclusion of the sessions, Mustafa Ali bin Ahmed Amshan, President of the Dubai International Equestrian Conference, thanked and appreciated the sponsor of the conference His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, stressing that the fourth edition of the conference was successful and achieved great interaction despite it being held remotely via Visual communication.
He also extended his sincere thanks to the speakers in the various sessions who presented a summary of their equestrian experiences, expressing his hope for continuing success in the next session, which will be distinct and different because it will coincide with two important events, namely, the year of preparation for the fiftieth of the United Arab Emirates and the Dubai Expo.