Abu Dhabi’s history and love of horses goes back centuries, with the Bedouins (nomadic Arab people) relying heavily on this loyal and majestic animal. Arabian horses are still of great heritage significance in Abu Dhabi, and an intrinsic part of the emirate’s traditions, with the city boasting a wealth of equestrian talent.
The Arabian horse originated in the Arabian Gulf and is considered one of the oldest and purest breeds in the world. Handsome animals famous for their wide, flat foreheads, soulful eyes, broad muzzles, erect ears, slender necks and gleaming manes, Arabian horses are renowned for their beauty, loyalty, strength and intelligence.
The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is the home of horse racing in the capital, with around 16 race meetings a year, usually held in the afternoons or evenings throughout the cooler season, with admission being free. The race night atmosphere is hard to beat, with six races per evening, at 30-minute intervals. There is no betting, but the tricast competition invites racegoers to pick the first three finishers in each race, with prizes for the winners.