We are delighted to welcome the UAE’s support for this race for the second year

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“We are delighted to welcome the UAE’s support for this race for the second year. This year it is a listed event and this has enhanced the status both of this race as well as our Arabian racing,” Hubert Lorenz, Managing Director of DRAV said during a press conference.

Frankfurt: The German Racing Association of Arabian Horses (DRAV) is excited to host the Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race to be held at the Frankfurt racecourse on Sunday.

“We are delighted to welcome the UAE’s support for this race for the second year. This year it is a listed event and this has enhanced the status both of this race as well as our Arabian racing,” Hubert Lorenz, Managing Director of DRAV said during a press conference. We expect a large crowd on Sunday and we hope to confirm and extend our partnership with the great initiative by Shaikh Mansour.”

Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director of Communications, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach), the body overseeing the Shaikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival said: “We thank Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs for reviving the traditions of Arabian horse racing all over the globe. All this would not have been possible but for the vision and support of Shaikh Mansour.”

“It is also a great honour for Adach to be here in Frankfurt and stage a race when the Frankfurt racecourse is set to mark 150 years of racing.

“This year’s series has been gaining a lot of exposure and the connections of Arabian horse racing in Europe are pleased with the progress so far.”

Lara Sawaya, Director of Shaikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, also addressed the press conference.

“This race will be [shown] live on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and we are happy that racing fans in the UAE will get to watch some German racing,” she said.

“Fans will also be keen to follow the progress of the ‘Pick & Vote’ competition in which they are already taking part.”

“I welcome German racing fans to visit the website www.sheikhmansoorfestival.com and take part in the competition. I would also like to thank the officials of DRAV and the Frankfurt racecourse for their support.”

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council, under whose umbrella most of the big events in the emirate of Abu Dhabi are being staged, was represented by Talal Al Hashmi.

The ADSC official said “Under the directives of Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ADSC is keen to support such events both in UAE and abroad as they help carry our culture and heritage far and wide.”

“I am excited to be here and watch Arabian horses take part in flat racing.”

Fresh interest

Peter Schwierz, representing the Frankfurt racecourse said: “This venue marks 150 years of racing. With the Arabian race gaining in status this year we are expecting a fairly large crowd on Sunday. It will be one huge family affair and we are hoping that it will trigger fresh interest in Arabian racing in Germany.”

Seven other races are also being held on Sunday with the Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race being the feature race.

The Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race series is being organised by Adach, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Wathba Stud Farm with support from Invest Abu Dhabi, Bonyan International Investment Group and Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2010.