HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development, launched the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival Year Book 2013 at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2014 which began at ADNEC from today, April 30.
Received by Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Chairman of Ladies Racing in IFAHR, visited the uniquely-designed stand of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and officially launched the Year Book, being published for the third successive year by the Festival.
The hard-bound book sporting a picture of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs on the cover page runs into over 300 pages and has been edited by M. Satya Narayan, the ex- Abu Dhabi Deputy Editor of Gulf News, who has been covering horse racing activities for over two decades.
The foreword for this 2013 Year Book of the Festival is by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs with messages also from HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and others.
A host of VIP visitors visited the Festival’s stand and sought copies of the latest Year Book 2013.
Commenting on the launch of the third successive edition of the Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Sheikh Sultan BinTahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority said, “We are proud to see the Year Book roll out for the third year in a row. The support of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has made the Festival as one of TCA Abu Dhabi’s leading events and is well reflected in this Book.”
Ms Lara Sawaya said, “This is truly unparalleled in the horse racing world. In fact there is no other book published on any race series in the world, be in Purebred Arabian racing or thoroughbred racing.”
“The Purebred Arabian racing fraternity was excited and proud to receive the first two editions and this third edition will make them even happier. The Book has captured all the exciting moments on and off the tracks during the year 2013 and is not only a record of all the Festival’s activities but also portrays the huge impact of the Festival on Purebred Arabian racing,” Ms Sawaya said.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with Arabtec Holding PJSC as the Official Partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Al Rashid Investment, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and Racing Post.