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Sheikh Mansoor pavilion at ADIHEX A huge attraction for visitors

Several sheikhs, senior officials, dignitaries and a host of guests visited the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival pavilion on the last day of the Abu Dhabi International Equestrian and Hunting Exhibition, ADIHEX, on Saturday, September 29, 2018.
The 16th edition of the five-day exhibition, which opened in the capital city of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, ADNEC. One of the notable visitors on Saturday was Sheikha Ayesha Bint Rashid Al Mualla, who toured around the pavilion and was impressed by the great display put up by the Festival with representatives from over 60 countries having their presence.
Other VIP visitors who had visited the stall during the exhibition included His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and His Excellency Lt. Gen Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Director General of Abu Dhabi Police.
All the dignitaries were taken around the Festival pavilion by Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
Prizes varying from Go-Pro cameras, wrist watches and gift vouchers attracted a huge number of enthusiasts to the pavilion. Notable among the prizes on the last day was the limited edition Manchester City wrist watch which was won by a UAE national. The raffle draw was held every evening in the presence of representatives from sponsors and a cheering huge crowd. The HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival is celebrating its tenth year which also coincides with Zayed’s 100th year. It had occupied 3,600 square meters area.
The presence of the Festival at the exhibition is part of the of ‘One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital’ annual programme with focus on Purebred Arabian horse racing.
Ms Lara Sawaya stated: “We are very pleased with the success of the Exhibition. HH Sheikh Mansoor pavilion was the cynosure of all eyes with its unique design. Inspired with this year’s success, we are already planning ahead for the year 2019. All this would not have been possible without the support of the UAE leaders and His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs,” who are always there to give us guidance and help us move in the right direction.”
ADIHEX is annually organized under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers Club and supported by The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), The Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) and The Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee. ADIHEX is a government initiative that aims primarily to promote Sustainable Hunting, Environmental and Cultural heritage.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Anantara Hotel.
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