GLOBAL EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY GATHERS AT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL HORSE FAIR IN MARCH
The anticipated annual event kicks off its 15th edition on March 21 to 23 at Dubai World Trade Centre alongside the 16th edition of the multi-million dirham Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Global Equine Industry will once again converge from the 21st to 23rd of March in Dubai for the Dubai International Horse Fair and the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Held under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, the Fair will showcase the latest equine products, horse therapies and the finest breeds of horses the world has to offer.
The current equine industry is valued at approximately USD 300 billion globally and impacts 1.6 million full time jobs. The UK, which is home to several of the Fair’s exhibitors such as Equine Products UK and Barriers International; is internationally recognised as the leading source of equine expertise with overseas trade currently valued at over GBP 500m. Guangzhou DeeOne Exhibition Co.Ltd hails from China where the number of horse clubs has increased by 1500% in recent years, from 90 in 2010 to 1400 in 2017. Multi Radiance Medical is a returning exhibitor to the Fair and is based in the US where 7 million Americans are directly involved in the industry with 2 million owning horses themselves.
The 2019 Dubai International Horse Fair will also feature renowned brands specializing in state of the art stables, feeds, riding apparel and garments. In addition, art and décor pieces with an equestrian theme from the likes of Reem Gallery, Equine Art and Baba Art will be on offer to the public in an extensive gallery alongside other artists from around the world.
Over 10,000 buyers, professionals, breeders and enthusiasts from more than 25 countries with new additions from Serbia, China, Chile, Malaysia, Lebanon and Turkey amongst others are expected to attend the Dubai International Horse Fair to share ideas and widen their global networks with over 200 brands and companies.
With USD 4 million ( AED 15 million) offered as prize money, the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship will present majestic Arabian steeds valued at approximately USD 1 million to USD 2 million to horse enthusiasts.
Ziad Abdullah Galadari, Chairman, Higher Organising Committee of Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, said “Horses form an integral part of the heritage of the world with families regularly enjoying equestrian events together. The UAE is emerging as one of the world’s leading hubs for the Equestrian Community with international shows and events currently taking place every year in the UAE. Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship held alongside the Dubai International Horse Fair, will not only present the best available horses but will also allow the finest breeds to compete on an international stage”
New international exhibitors include Deltacast-France, EquinArt –Germany, and Granata Selleria Srl- Italy to name but a few and bring with them cutting edge technology, beautiful craftsmanship and exceptional talent and expertise.
Mousa Al Harbi, Representative, Royal Cavalry Sultanate of Oman: “We are pleased to return to Dubai for the Dubai International Horse Fair, it remains one of the few fairs which encompasses all our equestrian expertise be it training, racing, polo, dressage, endurance and showjumping events. We are very excited to share ideas in a global setting with the community “
The ever popular auction will return once again and will offer Arabian purebred horses from local studs for viewing, bidding and buying. In previous years, the auction presented around 100 pureblood Arabian breeds for sale with onlookers buying and enjoying the thrill of a live auction.
Adding to the excitement of the Dubai International Horse Fair is a line-up of family-friendly features that will delight young and old. Spanish horse performances will also feature at the show where horse aficionados and the general public can experience riders’ masterful routines.
“We are proud to host the 15th edition of the Dubai International Horse Fair which continues to support the region’s growing equine sector. Every year we are seeing broader global interest in the show as we prepare to welcome exhibitors, buyers, breeders and enthusiasts from around the world, including newcomers from Asia, Europe and the US who come to network, grow their businesses and build opportunities within one of the most vibrant equine industries in the world, said Asma Al Sharif, Group Portfolio Director, Dubai World Trade Centre.
The Dubai International Horse Fair 2019 will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, March 21-23. Open to both trade visitors and the general public, admission is free and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For further information and stand booking please the show’s official page at www.dihf.ae