Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global
Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, affirmed that the 15th edition of the festival will comprise a
total of 152 races.
The new edition of the festival is taking place in implementation of the directives of His
Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of the Presidential Court, to support horse owners and breeders across the world and
encourage them to take care of Arabian horses.
In her statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Sawaya said that the new edition of the
festival would feature many changes, including Group 1 races to be held in France, in addition
to moving other races into Group 2 and 3 classifications. Meanwhile, Italy will host 14 races,
and the “Liwa Cup” under Group 1 will be moved from England to France, where the race will
be held 30th July for the second consecutive year.
France will host 34 races, including five races under Groups 1, 2 and 3, she added, adding that
the festival’s races will be held on all continents, while the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Cup and the H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup will be held in several countries, including
Belgium and Morocco.
“Once the international races end and the new season begins, we will host the Sheikh Zayed bin
Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on 3rd December,” she
Abu Dhabi will also host the 14th edition of the annual World Arabian Horse Racing Forum,
which is expected to feature around 400 figures from the global industry, she said in conclusion.