Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Presidential Court and President of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club (ADEC), the 31st UAE President Cup for Purebred Arabian Horses will take place on 17 February 2024.
The UAE President Cup for Purebred Arabian Horses in the first category covers a distance of 2,200 metres.
His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced an increase in the prizes for the President Cup for Purebred Arabian Horses Classic Series, raising the total to AED4.5 million, with an additional AED 2 million.
More than 100 horses are expected to participate in seven races, covering diverse categories and distances during this esteemed event. This marks one of the largest participations in Purebred Arabian horse races at the Abu Dhabi racetrack. The President Cup for Purebred Arabian Horses in the first category takes centre stage, with the inaugural race scheduled to start at 4:30pm.
In 1994, the President Cup for Purebred Arabian Horses was established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan emphasising the importance of purebred Arabian horses and commemorating their value both locally and globally.
His Excellency Eng. Ali Al Shaiba, Director General of ADEC, expressed his profound gratitude and appreciation for the continuous support of the wise leadership, which has played a pivotal role in advancing and elevating the races to international standards.
His Excellency Al Shaiba said: "The UAE President Cup reflects the distinctive essence of equestrian sports, serving as a platform to enhance the global standing of purebred Arabian horses, and embodies the noble values of our society, underscoring our commitment to promoting the cultural richness of these races. Owners and elite riders strive for triumph in a competition where each participant aspires to claim the prestigious title.
"At the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, we take pride in organising and hosting this distinguished race, which holds a special place in our hearts. We extend our warmest wishes to all participants for the best of luck and success, and we look forward to providing a captivating experience for both the audience and horse racing enthusiasts."