(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) We are opening a window for a brighter future for our nation: Al Rahma UAE ambassador to Poland Asim Mirza Al Rahma flanked by Lara Sawaya Mosallam Al Amri and Polish Jockey Club officials. — Supplied photo
Arabian races return to Warsaw under the umbrella of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival as stage is set for the penultimate round of the HH Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR and the 11th round of the Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the United Arab Emirates Day at the S³u¿ewiec Horse Race Track on Sunday.
The event which is held as part of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival features eight races of purebred Arabian as race enthusiasts can expect a big dose of the sports excitement.
“We are lucky to receive all this support from the wise leadership of The President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and their brothers Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the emirates” said Asim Mirza Al Rahma UAE ambassador to Poland.
Speaking to newsmen during a pre-race international Press conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw on Thursday Al Rahma thanked Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Mother of the UAE for their intellectual initiative to promote and preserve the culture and heritage of the UAE around the world.
“The Arabian horse is part of our history and by propagating this noble creature we are opening a window for a brighter and prosperous future for our nation and the Arab world at large” he said. Lara Sawaya executive director of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and chairperson of Ladies Racing Committee in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities IFAHR said: “We are truly delighted to return to Warsaw in this particular time as it makes history in the festival.
“Under the vision and directives of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Poland will host the sixth edition of the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference 2015 with 400 breeders trainers jockeys veterinaries observers and other experts involved in the Arabin racing industry gathering under one roof to debate for a better future of this noble creature.
“The Conference will run over seven days from May 25 to May 31 and culminates with the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Mother of the UAE Ladies World Championship the only and most prestigious event of its kind on earth. It’s a race for ladies and not an amateur challenge. It’s open for professional lady jockeys as well” she said.
“You have some good lady jockeys in Poland and the Polish lady who will be riding on Sunday is automatically invited for the Grand Final of the championship in Abu Dhabi where 16 riders make the line-up for the mouthwatering prize-money at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club in Abu Dhabi the world’s capital of Arabian races as marked by the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authority (IFAHR)” she added.
“Abu Dhabi will also host 200 lady jockeys from the 56 countries that took part in the 13th rounds of the championship.
“It is furthermore the venue of the final of the final rounds of HH Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Conference for Training and Education IFAHR and the Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup” she confirmed.
“Poland is making history because it will see the debut of the top Indian professional lady jockey Rupa Singh a winner of 506 rides in 3000 starts and with India onboard the countries which are represented in the festival have been increased from 55 to 56 nations” she announced.
Saway confirmed that the festival’s races in Warsaw during the month of August will not be affected by the races which will be associated with the Conference.
Regarding the 12th round of the Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup in Baden Baden Sawaya said it has been cancelled pointing out that the venue will be changed due to some arrangements.
“Next year the festival will host 94 races including the new version of the Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup.
“This is going to be an international event at the highest level from all respects” she said.
Wojciech Szpil president of Totalizator Sportowy thanked the organisers of the festival saying that with the United Arab Emirates Day which is one of the biggest events at the S³u¿ewiec Horse Race Track thanks to the cooperation of our friends from the United Arab Emirates the whole world learns about Polish races.